'I Am Number Four' is No. 1 Overseas With $17.8 Million
UPDATED: While films in various categories of Oscar contention took center stage on the foreign theatrical circuit, it was the sci-fi-thriller I Am Number Four that ultimately emerged as the weekend's No. 1 box office winner by grossing $17.8 million -- $1.5 million more than Sunday's projection – from 3,714 screens in 21 territories.
Disney's first international release of a DreamWorks' title, as per the two companies' recent distribution pact, I Am Number Four opened more fruitfully than estimated in China, generating a Saturday-Sunday figure of $3.3 million from some 1,200 locations.
Disney puts it this way: "It was a chart-topping debut -- hands down No.1 -- and ranks as the fifth biggest two-day start ever in this market for a Disney-distributed product." I am Number Four also did solid business in a dozen territories including Russia, Australia and Korea. Early overseas cume for the sci-fi-thriller comes to $21.7 million.
20th Century Fox's Black Swan, Sunday's projected box office champ, actually came in No. 2 on the weekend when all numbers were counted with $17.5 million drawn from 3,950 screens in 45 markets.
The best actress Oscar vehicle for Natalie Portman has collected a total of $123.4 million in overseas box office since making its offshore debut on Dec. 9. It opened No. 1 in Hong Kong and Spain, No. 2 in South Korea and claimed France as its biggest weekend market ($2.8 million in its third round at 363 locations for a market cume of $13.7 million).
Last night's big winner, multiple Oscar winner -- including a best picture, best director and best actor for Colin Firth -- The King's Speech has collected $154.2 million overseas since it opened in the U.K. on Jan. 7. Latest round at some 35 markets, including openings in India and Japan, should generate $15 million, enough for a No. 3 weekend ranking. Worldwide, Speech has grossed $268.4 million.
Paramount's True Grit opened in 19 markets including France (No. 2 with $4.3 million drawn from 404 sites), Germany ($2.1 from 267 spots), Hong Kong and South Korea. Overall weekend at 3,046 situations in a total of 46 markets registered $13.1 million, qualifying for a No. 4 weekend ranking. Grit has collected a total of $46.8 million since opening overseas in Australia on Jan. 26.
Winner of three Oscars, Sony's The Social Network, is ending its offshore run that began on Oct. 7 with foreign box office of $126.4 million.
With its supporting actor-actress wins (Christian Bale and Melissa Leo), boxing drama The Fighter is still slugging it out overseas with an estimated $20 million collected via various local distributors since Paramount introduced the title in the U.K. on Feb. 4.
Director Danny Boyle's 127 Hours opened in eight markets and generated $3.6 million overall on the weekend from 1,850 situations in 40 territories. Via Fox the James Franco vehicle hoisted its foreign gross total to $18.4 since premiering overseas on Nov. 3. The film via Warner Bros. has also played eight rounds in the U.K. for a market cume of $12.5 million. Total cume: $30.9 million.
With a single nomination (best supporting actor for Jeremy Renner), bank heist drama The Town from Warner Bros. managed a $64.6 million foreign gross since last September. With a best actor nomination (Javier Bardem) Focus Features' Biutiful has grossed $15.1 million since opening in France on Oct. 20 (the film played the Cannes Festival the previous May.)
Focus Features and other distributors' The Kids Are All Right has claimed best actress (Annette Bening) and best supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo) nominations and a total foreign gross of $11.2 million since opening last August in Israel. Winter's Bone, which provided a best supporting actor nomination to John Hawkes, has barely registered overseas via a network of local distributors, grossing an estimated $1.5 million offshore so far.
Dwarfing the foreign grossing power of all other Oscar-related films are two genuine blockbusters with multiple Oscar wins. Pixar-Disney's animation entry, Toy Story 3 grossed more than $1 billion worldwide with $649.4 million of the total coming from overseas since opening June 16. Warner's Inception grossed $825.5 million worldwide of which $533 million emanated from foreign screens beginning July 16 of last year and running through the following November.
Ranking fifth on the weekend was Just Go With It, which grabbed 9.3 million from 2,091 screens in 19 markets, pushing its overseas cume to $25 million. Sony's romantic comedy costarring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston opened No.1 in Austria and No. 2 Germany ($2.8 million from 499 sites).
Racking up $8.3 million at 3,635 screens in 42 territories was Warner Bros.' Yogi Bear, pushing the animation title's foreign cume to $91.2 million. Paramount's No Strings Attached drew $8.2 million from 2,308 spots in 34 markets, hoisting the romantic comedy's overseas cume to $33.2 million. Disney Animation's Tangled has generated a total of $343.2 million offshore thanks to a $8.1 million weekend from 3,223 venues in 43 territories.
Gnomeo & Juliet, Disney and other distributor's animation-musical reworking of Shakespeare remained No. 1 in its third U.K. round (via E1 Ent.), grossing $4.1 million from 487 siters for a market cume of $21 million. Disney-handled territories contributed $3.4 million from 876 screens in seven markets, pushing the weekend take to $7.5 million. Total foreign cume via all distributors comes to $27.1 million.
Turbocharged in Japan and taking the No. 1 spot was Fox's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which opened to $6.6 million in the market from about 907 venues (83% of the gross came from 3D sites). Foreign cume stands at $284.4 million. Still No.1 in its third Germany round was Warner's release of director-actor Til Schweiger's comedy Kokwaah, which grossed $3.5 million from 775 locations for a market cume of $31 million.
Universal's British comedy Paul generated $3.4 million from 440 sites in the U.K., enough for a No. 2 market ranking. U.K. cume is $16.4 million. Paramount's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never drew $2.3 million from 808 locations in four markets, giving the concert film a $4.9 million cume.
Other international cumes: Warner's Hereafter, $68.2 million; Pathe's Nothing to Declare, $60.2 million in France only and still No. 1 in the market; Fox's Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, $13.4 million over 10 days of foreign release (after a $6.2 million weekend 1,846 screens in 22 markets); Fox's Gulliver's Travels, $166 million (after a $6.3 million weekend from 2,394 venues in 25 territories); Sony's The Green Hornet, $126.3 million; Fox's Love & Other Drugs, $64.4 million; Sony's The Tourist, $183 million; Fox's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, $85.5 million; Sony's Tricksters, $9.9 million in two rounds in Russia only; Paramount's Morning Glory, $18.8 million; and Warner's Unknown, $12.7 million in territories handled by Warners only.
Also, Disney's Tron: Legacy, $223 million; Sony's Burlesque, $49.1 million; Universal's The Dilemma, $18 million; Focus Features/Universal's The American, $31.5 million; Paramount's Paranormal Activity 2, $91.3 million; Focus Features' Somewhere, $12 million; The Weinstein Co.'s The Fighter, $22.4 million; Fox's Conviction, $1.8 million from Australia and New Zealand only; Universal's Devil, $28.9 million; Fox's Never Let Me Go, $3.1 million; Warner's The Rite, $18.9 million (after a $5.7 million weekend at 1,750 locations in 20 markets); Focus Features' The Eagle, $3.7 million; and Fox's Vallanzasca, $4 million.