'Little Fockers,' Winter Storms Bring Soft Close to Big 2010 Int'l Box Office
UPDATED: The final weekend of 2010 -- a year in which major Hollywood studios and key independent distributors grossed robust if not record foreign box office -- had a low key closing dictated by Mother Nature.
Paramount's Little Fockers, which bowed No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada, opened to an estimated $27 million from 3,933 locations in 37 offshore territories, barely enough to claim the No. 1 box office title spot overseas.
International box office in general was for the second consecutive weekend stifled by harsh winter weather conditions in the U.K. and Continental Europe, which account for about 50% to 60% of total foreign box office.
The biggest market for the third edition of the Meet the Parents comedy franchise was the U.K. where the No. 1 opening tally was an estimated $7.3 million drawn from 487 screens. Paramount reports that the opening gross was 96% more than the comparable figure posted by franchise original, 2000's Meet the Parents.
Little Fockers finished No. 1 in Spain ($3.3 million from 323 locales), No. 3 in France ($3 million from 484 locations) and No. 2 in Germany ($2 million from 650 spots). In Russia, the opening launch yielded $3.8 million from 556 sites.
Hard on Little Fockers' heels was the weekend's No. 2 title, Tron: Legacy. Disney's high-budget 3D sequel to 1982's Tron captured $26.6 million from 5,475 venues in 34 territories, boosting its box office total so far to $65.5 million after two rounds on the foreign circuit.
Legacy opened in eight new markets on the weekend with Russia throwing off the biggest opening tally ($7.8 million from 682 sites). Overall the film ranked No. 1 in 28 markets. Worldwide cume stands at $15.8 million.
The 20th Century Fox film Gulliver's Travels, starring Jack Black in a digital 3D adaptation of the Jonathan Swift classic, opened at 2,844 overseas screens in 15 territories for a weekend tally of $12.4 million, or a per-screen average of $4,373.
Number 1 debuts were landed in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Colombia, augmenting No. 2 bows in Mexico ($2.8 million from 1,216 sites) and Spain ($2.3 million drawn from 535 screens). Gulliver's Travels ranked No. 4 on the weekend.
Paramount reported that the Weinstein Company's co-production The King's Speech, an historical drama costarring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, opened No. 11 at 94 locations in Australia for an estimated $950,000 for a royal $10,106 per-screen average.
Warner Bros.' Yogi Bear, a combo live-action and animated comedy voiced principally by Dan Ayckroyd, got off to an inauspicious start on the foreign circuit, opening at 800 screens in five territories for $1.2 million. "Due to weather conditions across Europe, results were softer than expected," said the distributor. A Russia opening is due this week.
Fox's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which had been the top-grossing title overseas for two straight weekends, finished third this time with $25.5 million derived from 8,360 screens in 66 markets. Foreign gross total comes to $168.6 million, more than two-and-a-half times the film's domestic cume.
The weekend's No. 4 title was Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, which drew $15.1 million and pushed its foreign gross total to $587 million.
Disney Animation's Tangled, the 3D animation retelling of the classic Rapunzel tale, drew $9.5 million in its fifth weekend overseas from 4,158 screens in 18 markets, pushing its foreign gross total to $118 million and its worldwide tally to $261.8 million.
Sony and other distributors' The Tourist, costarring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, generated $8.5 million from 2,885 screens in 24 markets, raising its overseas gross total to $37.1 million drawn since its foreign opening on Dec. 9.
Ranking No. 1 in South Korea was Fox Korea's coproduction of Hwanghae (The Yellow Sea), a crime thriller from director Hong-jin Na, which drew $7.9 million from 625 Korean situations.
Opening in first place in Japan was Toei's Aibou, The Movie II (Partners, The Movie II), the sequel to a 2008 police drama based on a TV Asahi series. Debut session tallied $6.9 million from 327 locations. No. 2 in the market was Inazuma Eleven, The Movie, a Toho release based on an animated TV series, which opened to $6.5 million from 229 sites.
No. 1 in Italy remains Natale in Sudafrica (Christmas in South Africa), the tenth edition of FilmAuro's popular Christmas In... series, which drew an estimated $6.2 million from 409 locations for a market cume of about $11.2 million over two frames.
Top local language title in France was Les Emotifs Anonymes, director Jean-Pierre Ameris' romantic comedy that Studio Canal opened at 308 situations for a weekend tally of an estimated $1.7 million.
Universal opened its local coproduction Un altro mondo (In Another World) in Italy's No. 8 spot with a weekend tally of $931,259 drawn from an unspecified number of locations.
Other international cumes: Fox's Love and Other Drugs, $4.66 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's Shrek Forever After in 3D, $503.5 million; Sony's Burlesque, $6.8 million; Universal's Robin Hood, $213.2 million; Fox's Unstoppable, $57.9 million; Universal's Despicable Me, $290 million; Gaumont's L'apprenti per noel (Santa's Apprentice), $3.9 million in France only; Universal's Devil, $23.3 million; EuropaCorp. Distribution's Un balcon sur la mer (Balcony Overlooking the Sea), $1.1 million in France only; and Universal's Julia's Eyes, $9.5 million in Spain only.