'Horton' tops overseas boxoffice once again

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Dr. Seuss provided spark to an otherwise quiet weekend on the international circuit as "Horton Hears A Who!" finished a dominant No. 1 at the boxoffice with an estimated $11.7 million from 5,783 screens in 54 markets.

Bowing internationally via Universal/Summit Entertainment International was the weekend's No. 3 domestic title, Walden Media's "Nim's Island," with Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler. The family adventure premiered in Australia to an estimated $570,000 from 95 screens -- about half its staggered Aussie run to capitalize on rotating school holidays. The overall take from both distributors was $710,000 from 141 sites in four markets.

Universal also opened in the Ukraine the George Clooney period football comedy "Leatherheads," the second-ranked domestic opener this weekend. The distributor said it expects a No. 1 market ranking, but substantiating figures were not provided on Sunday.

The top-ranked title internationally for the second consecutive weekend, "Horton" drew the biggest chunk of its weekend action from France, where it premiered to an estimated $3.4 million from 708 screens. The animated 20th Century Fox International release has accumulated an international gross of $91.5 million. Its worldwide tally is $222.6 million.

Finishing No. 2 overall was the family-oriented "The Spiderwick Chronicles," which lifted its overseas cume to $58.6 million thanks to an estimated $7 million weekend at 3,477 screens in 57 territories. An Australia bow provided $1.9 million from 261 sites, enough to qualify for a No. 2 market slot.

Coming in at No. 3 was Dany Boon's smash comedy of manners "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis," with an estimated tally of $6 million from France alone at about 825 screens. The market cume stands at $158 million. Topping the France market is expected to be Studio Canal's opening of Fabien Onteniente's comedy "Disco," starring Emmanuelle Beart and Gerard Depardieu.

Roland Emmerich's "10,000 BC" dropped 55% from last weekend to an estimated $5.6 million from about 4,900 situations in 62 markets, enough to claim the fourth spot overall. Overseas the prehistoric epic has rolled up a cume of $153.4 million according to Warner Bros. International.

No. 5 was Universal/Summit's "Step Up 2 the Streets," which claimed $4.4 million from 1,580 screens in 29 territories for a cume of $61 million.

Sony's political thriller "Vantage Point" drew an estimated $4.3 million from 2,225 screens in 44 markets for a cume of $67.8 million. Weekend action included No. 1 openings in Portugal, Venezuela and Turkey.

Fox International had an especially busy weekend as a quartet of its releases finished strongly outside the top five. The action-fantasy "Jumper" came in with $3.2 million from 1,502 screens in 24 markets, while "27 Dresses" rolled up $2.9 million from 956 sites in 16 territories. The cume for "Jumper is $124.3 million, while "Dresses" has compiled $65.2 million to date.

Fox also had out "Juno," which lifted its overseas cume to $74 million thanks to a $2.7 million weekend at 1,121 situations in 13 markets. The same distributor's "Meet the Spartans" laughed all the way to $2.7 million from 709 screens in 15 territories; its cume is $35.9 million.



Disney's "The Game Plan" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hoisted its international total to $42.6 million thanks to a $2.7 million weekend at 746 screens in a dozen markets. Meanwhile, Disney's "Enchanted" continued strongly in Japan with a fourth-weekend estimate of $1.7 million from 534 screens, enough to claim the No. 2 market spot. The international cume for the musical fantasy stands at $206.8 million versus $127.7 million domestic.

Summit's "Never Back Down" opened No. 4 in the U.K. and pulled $2.4 million overall from 530 screens in four territories. The cume for the teen martial arts drama stands at $3.4 million.

Taking first place in Japan was Paramount's "Cloverfield," which is winding up its overseas run. Its weekend take was $2.2 million from 235 spots; the international cume is $80.3 million.

Universal's "The Other Boleyn Girl" drew $1.7 million from 677 screens in 14 territories for a cume of $27.3 million (Universal markets only). Fox's horror outing "Shutter" finished No. 1 in the Philippines and drew $1.2 million overall from 237 sites in 18 markets for a cume of $3.1 million.

Disney's release of Miramax's "There Will Be Blood" accumulated in its 10th weekend overseas $725,000 from 728 screens in 44 territories, lifting the overseas cume to $32.6 million (versus $39.7 million domestic).

Other international cume updates: Paramount's "No Country for Old Men," $80.9 million; Fox's "La Misma Luna," $5.7 million; New Line's "Run, Fat Boy, Run," $26.2 million (as of April 3); Paramount's "Drillbit Taylor," $9 million (thanks to a $1.5 million weekend from 801 screens in seven territories); Universal's "Definitely, Maybe," $13.8 million (including a No. 1 New Zealand opening of $145,000 at 40 screens); New Line's "The Golden Compass," $286 million (as of April 3); Universal's "Tropa De Elite," $11.4 million from Brazil and Argentina; Fox's "The Darjeeling Limited," $17.8 million; Universal's "Untraceable," $6.5 million (Universal territories only); and Fox's "The Savages," $1.5 million.
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