'Jumper' tops overseas boxoffice
Empty"Jumper," the action thriller about a young man who teleports himself from place to place, leaped to the No. 1 spot internationally over the weekend, grossing an estimated $28.2 million from about 2,800 screens in 30 markets.
The 20th Century Fox International release, which also opened No. 1 domestically, finished first in at least 11 of its opening territories, including the U.K., where it bolted to an estimated $6.3 million from 410 playdates, for a rousing per-screen average of $15,366.
Adapted from a Steven Gould novel and directed by Doug Liman, "Jumper" scored $4.8 million in South Korea from 343 situations for a $13,994 per-screen average. Fox said it was its fifth biggest opening weekend in the market and the biggest February film debut in Korea from any studio.
Paul Hanneman, Fox International's co-president, declared the opening international numbers "excellent," especially since "Jumper's" 30-market debut covered only seven top territories. "We've got a considerable amount of business to go" as the action title moves into bigger markets over the next month, he said. "We still have most of Europe to go."
The weekend in general was solid; the top five films grossed about 15% more than the top five of last year's comparable frame.
Paramount opened overseas "The Spiderwick Chronicles," which premiered No. 3 domestically. The family-oriented fantasy adaptation grossed an estimated $1.5 million from the Philippines and South Korea, with the latter territory providing $1.2 million from 150 screens. Warners' "Fool's Gold," the weekend's No. 4 domestic title, played 250 screens in four markets for an estimated $1.4 million for an overseas cume of $4 million.
Finishing in second place on the weekend was Disney's "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," which grabbed an estimated $12.4 million from 2,864 screens in 44 markets, hoisting its overseas gross total to $201 million (worldwide, $414 million). The Jerry Bruckheimer production starring Nicolas Cage is the 26th Disney title to cross the $200-million mark internationally, and is the best-grossing Cage topliner ever overseas.
Propelling "Treasure" were No. 1 openings in France (an estimated $5.7 million from 600 screens) and in Finland, plus a solid second weekend in the U.K., with an estimated $3.2 million from 491 screens, down just 35% from the opening frame. The 10-day cume in the U.K. is $11.3 million.
Finishing third is Pathe Distribution's "Asterix at the Olympic Games," which placed No. 1 internationally for the last two weekends. The comedy dropped 48% to the No. 3 spot in its home market of France, where it snagged an estimated $5.3 million from 1,078 screens. Overall, "Asterix" came up with an estimated $11 million from about 2,500 screens in seven markets. This estimate does not include results from several other territories playing "Asterix" for which Pathe is not providing figures.
Tied for the No. 4 spot are Paramount's "Cloverfield" and Fox's "27 Dresses," each with weekend estimates of $7 million. The sci-fi thriller played 3,071 screens in 52 territories and raised its overseas cume to $68 million. "Dresses," a romantic comedy, played 1,700 screens in 25 markets for a Fox cume of $23.5 million.
Fifth place went to DreamWorks/Warner's "Sweeney Todd," which scored a tuneful $6.8 million from about 2,300 screens in 48 territories, lifting its foreign total to $70 million. Fox's sleeper hit "Juno" pulled an estimated $6.3 million from 1,111 screens in 15 markets, hoisting its Fox cume to $28.1 million.
A $1.2 million U.K. opening at 280 spots helped Warner's "Bucket List" push its weekend tally to $4.1 million from 1,677 screens in 20 markets for a cume of $26.3 million. Paramount's "No Country For Old Men" snared $4 million from 1,386 spots in 25 markets for an overseas cume of $30.5 million.
Tied with an estimated $3.8 million each on the weekend were Universal's "Charlie Wilson's War" playing 1,580 screens in 38 markets for a cume of $32.6 million; and Sony's "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep," which played 1,855 sites in 29 territories for a cume of $22.4 million. Warner's "I Am Legend" pulled $3.7 million from 2,700 spots in 53 markets for a mighty cume of $323.2 million.
Best-picture Oscar nominee "There Will Be Blood" drew an estimated $3.4 million from just 570 screens in 17 markets, lifting its overseas cume to $4.6 million. Universal's "Definitely, Maybe," which ranked No. 5 domestically on the weekend, grabbed an estimated $3 million from 571 screens in three markets for a cume of $5.8 million.
Other overseas cume updates: Warner's "L Change the World," $13.6 million (thanks to a No. 1 Japan weekend tally of $3 million from 398 screens); Universal's "American Gangster," $128.5 million; Fox's "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem," $86.2 million; New Line's "The Golden Compass," $256 million; Fox's "The Darjeeling Limited," $12.8 million; Sony's "CJ7," $16.5 million; Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks," $124 million; Universal's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," $49.2 million; Fox's "Hitman," $50.5 million; Disney's "Enchanted," $180.5 million ($305.5 million worldwide); Universal's "Die Rota Zora," $4.1 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "The Kite Runner," $21.8 million; and Universal's "Atonement," $66.5 million.