'Iron Man 2' tops international boxoffice
'Alice,' 'Clash,' 'Camping 2' and 'Dragon' round out top 5
Marvel Studios' "Iron Man 2," this year's opening summer tentpole, lit up the foreign theatrical circuit with a five-day overseas launch bagging $100.165 million from 6,825 sites in 53 markets for a sparkling per-screen average of $14,676.
Distributor Paramount Pictures International says the sequel to 2008's Marvel original starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow finished No. 1 in 52 of the opening territories, beating "Iron Man's" opening overall numbers by 26% in local currencies. (It missed reaching the top spot in Colombia.)
Paramount said "Iron Man 2" beat the original's openings in every market "on a local currency like for like basis."
The U.K. opening round furnished $11.6 million from 521 venues (excluding $1.4 million in preview grosses). In Korea, the opening launch generated $10.8 million from 855 situations, 79% ahead of the comparable "Iron Man" figure.
Australia produced $8.8 million from 473 screens, exceeding the "Iron Man" opening in the market by 52%, while France came up with $9.96 million from 722 locations, more than 20% larger than "Iron Man's" market bow.
In Russia, the tally was $8.2 million from 650 spots, 89% more than the comparable "Iron Man" figure, making the sequel the largest market opening for a live action film distributed by Paramount.
Separately, Imax reported that "Iron Man 2's" opening weekend grossed $2.127 million at 48 Imax overseas venues -- for a per-screen average of $44,318 -- thus establishing a boxoffice record for a 2D title at Imax foreign situations. Previous record holder was 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which opened to $2.1 million.
The original "Iron Man" rolled up a total foreign gross of $265 million and another $318.3 million in the U.S. and Canada.
Paramount rushed "Iron Man 2" into the foreign market a week before the film's domestic bow on May 7 to provide the film longer theatrical playing time before the monthlong World Cup begins in South Africa on June 11. The most widely watched sports event in the world, the soccer tournament draws a huge male viewership, a key demo for the "Iron Man" sequel and many other summer tentpoles.
As it also handled the original "Iron Man," Paramount is distributing the sequel. But "Iron Man 2" represents the first Marvel theatrical release since Disney acquired the company last year. This week, "Iron Man 2" opens in seven territories including China, India and Germany. A Japan bow is set for June 11.
No. 2 on the weekend was Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," which on the basis of its $592.3 million overseas cume after nine rounds on the foreign circuit, is the 13th biggest-grossing title ever released abroad. Worldwide, director Tim Burton's 3D reworking of the Lewis Carroll classic has amassed $921.6 million, making "Alice" the 12th biggest grosser of all time.
Weekend tally was $23.7 million from 4,334 screens in 54 markets. Biggest contributor was Japan in the throes of the Golden Week holiday period ($12.7 million drawn from 859 sites for a $14,784 per-screen average).
Third was Warner Bros.' "Clash of the Titans" in 3D, which drew $18.75 million in its fifth weekend at 8,080 screens in 61 markets. Overseas cume stands at $274.8 million. The third Mexico stanza produced $2 million from 701 sites for a robust market cume of $17 million.
Fourth was the French-language comedy, "Camping 2," which in France grossed $7.9 million in its second round at 781 sites, enough for a No. 2 market ranking. France cume is $20.3 million. The Pathe release is the sequel to 2006's "Camping," which grossed more than $40 million in France.
No. 5 was DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," generating $6.7 million from 5,687 situations in 60 markets. Distributor Paramount says the overseas gross total has surpassed $200 million ($203 million).
"Date Night," from 20th Century Fox, came in with $3.99 million from 2,541 screens in 48 markets, raising the offshore cume for the marital action comedy costarring Steve Carell and Tina Fey to $35 million. "The Last Song," Disney's drama starring Miley Cyrus, opened No. 2 in Germany at 224 sites, and drew $3.7 million overall from 1,289 locations in 13 territories, lifting its overseas cume to $11.3 million.
"The Bounty Hunter," Sony's comedy with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, raised its offshore gross total to $61.6 million thanks to a $2.5 million weekend at 1,926 sites in 55 markets. Director Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" hoisted its foreign cume to $163.7 million after a $2 million weekend via Paramount and other distributors. Portion of the cume from Paramount-handled territories is $121.5 million.
Opening No. 4 in France is ARP Selection's "Comme les 5 doigts de la main," director Alexandre Arcady's action-drama about five brothers versus the Marseilles mob. Opening gross was $1.8 million from 277 screens.
Other international cumes: Fox's "Avatar," $1.977 billion; Sony's "The Back-Up Plan," $1.9 million; Lionsgate/Universal's "Kick-Ass," estimated $34 million; Universal's "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," $49.4 million; Sony's "As Vidas de Chico Xavier," $15.1 million in Brazil only; Universal's "Green Zone," $48.9 million; EuropaCorp. Distribution's "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec," $10.8 million in France only; Fox's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," $24.6 million; Ad Vitam Distribution's "Mammuth," $3.4 million in two rounds in France only; and Universal's "L'arnacoeur," $24.3 million in France only, the market's biggest local language film of 2010.
Also, "Universal's "The Wolfman," $78.3 million; MGM/Fox's "Hot Tub Machine," $2.4 million; Sony and other distributors' "Book of Eli," $58.4 million; Universal's "It's Complicated," $110.3 million; Sony's "Cemetery Junction," $2 million; Universal's "Die Teufelskicker," $4.1 million from Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland; the Weinstein Co./Sony's "Nine," $36 million; Focus Features/Universal's "A Serious Man," $21.7 million; Paramount's "Dear John," $7 million in U.K. only; and Focus Feature's "Love Happens," $12.5 million.
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