'Ice Age' sequel tops overseas boxoffice

Sets international record for an animated film

'Transformers,' 'Ice Age' tie at domestic boxoffice

20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" seized the No. 1 spot on the foreign circuit over the July 4 weekend as the third installment of the family-oriented series drew an estimated $151.7 million from 11,791 screens in 101 markets.

The opening weekend tally set an overseas record for an animation film, and was the sixth-biggest for any film. It is also is the largest-grossing and widest – in terms of screen count -- foreign introduction of a 3D title, said Paul Hanneman, co-president of Fox theatrical international.

Hanneman also said that the 18% of screens that showed "Dawn of the Dinosaurs" in 3D (2,126) provided 34% of the boxoffice returns ($51 million). In Spain and Mexico, the conventional theatrical edition ranked No. 1 in each market while the 3D version finished No. 2 in both.

The threequel set overseas records for biggest weekend openings in 18 markets including Russia, Mexico, Austria and Brazil. Opening weekend records for an animation title were set in another 13 territories including Hong Kong, India and Greece.

Top individual market was Russia, which provided $21 million from 1,098 screens, followed by Germany ($16 million from 1,212 sites), France ($15.1 million from 1,017 situations) and the U.K. ($12.6 million from 1,000 screens).

The "Ice Age" animation series about the adventures of prehistoric mammoths and acorn-loving squirrels is more popular foreign than in the U.S. and Canada. 2002's "Ice Age" drew $206 million in overseas boxoffice versus $176.4 million in North America, while 2006's "Ice Age: The Meltdown" pulled $457 million abroad versus $195.3 million domestic.

Also opening day-and-date with its No. 3 domestic bow was "Public Enemies" starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, which finished No. 4 overseas overall.

Universal released director Michael Mann's Depression-era crime drama in only five markets – the U.K., Denmark, Mexico, Greece and Serbia/Montenegro – for $5.5 million from a total of 968 screens. U.K. action dominated with a $3.6 million debut, No. 2 in the market, from 458 situations.

This week "Public Enemies" opens in 10 territories, including France and French-speaking Switzerland.

In general, American features dominated overseas more than usual during the weekend. For example, the top five films in the key markets of the UK, France and Germany were all U.S. titles. Woody Allen's comedy "Whatever Works" opened No. 4 in France via Mars Distribution, grossing $2 million from 221 screens.

No. 2 on the weekend was DreamWorks/Paramount's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which opened in two smaller markets (Pakistan and Vietnam), and bagged $56.5 million overall on the weekend from 9,021 locations in 60 territories.

Since it opened internationally on June 19, director Michael Bay's sci-fi action sequel has grossed a total of $300.5 million overseas, just $88.5 million shy of the $389 million the original "Transformers" bagged two years ago in its entire foreign run.

Warner Bros.' "The Hangover" laughed all the way to the No. 3 weekend spot with $9 million drawn from 1,950 screens in 30 markets, off just 16% from the prior weekend. The comedy's cume stands at $61.6 million.

Fifth was Sony's "Terminator Salvation," the latest in the futuristic action series with Christian Bale which drew $5 million from 4,590 in 63 territories, for a cume of $228.7 million from all markets including some that Sony doesn't handle.

Disney's comedy "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds grossed $4.2 million from 1,754 screens in 15 markets for a cume of $29.5 million.

Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie," playing 2,040 situations in 28 markets, drew $2.6 million for a cume of $59.9 million. Sony's "Angel & Demons," which played 2,491 locations in 62 territories, grossed $2.3 million for a cume of $341.9 million since it commenced its overseas run on May 13.

Pixar/Disney's animation title "Up," flying in "Ice Age 3" headwinds, pushed its foreign cume to $50.8 million thanks to a $1.8 million weekend at 1,350 sites in 15 markets. In the U.K., New Line's "My Sister's Keeper," a drama starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, finished fifth in its second round in the market with $1.2 million drawn from 353 screens. Market cume stands at $4.1 million.

One key foreign market where local product dominated was Japan. No. 1 in the market was Klock Worx/Color's release of "Evangelion: You Are Not Alone," based on a hit anime series, which grossed $3.9 million in its second weekend at 120 sites (per-screen average of $32,500) for a market cume of $14.1 million.

No 2 in Japan was the teen baseball drama "Rookies" from Toho, which boosted its market cume in its 6th round to a mighty $76.2 million thanks to a $3 million weekend at 428 screens.

Other international cumes: Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $207.2 million; Sony's "Year One," $7 million; Paramount's "Star Trek," $125.2 million; Sony's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," $5.9 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens," $173.9 million; Universal's "Land of the Lost," $7.2 million; Fox's "12 rounds," $5.1 million; Universal's "State of Play," $44 million; Fox's "Dragonball: Evolution," $48.4 million; Focus Features/Universal's "Coraline," $38 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "I Love You, Man," $17.3 million; Fox's "Notorious," $6.9 million; Universal's "The Boat That Rocked," $25.4 million; and Pathe/Fox's "Slumdog Millionaire," $218.4 million.
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