'Tangled' Knocks 'Gulliver's' to No. 4 to Take Top Box-Office Spot Overseas
After seven rounds as an also-ran on the foreign theatrical circuit, Disney Animation's Tangled finally nailed the No. 1 overseas box-office spot with a weekend take of $26.6 million – just $700,000 ahead of No. 2 The Tourist – from 4,227 venues in 33 markets.
First-place openings in 10 markets plus strong holdovers in German-speaking territories put the 3D animation retelling of the classic Rapunzel tale over the top. Foreign box-office cume now stands at $180.4 million from playoff in about 55 percent of the international marketplace.
Tangled did gangbusters business in Brazil ($6 million from 385 situations) and Australia ($5.7 million from 250 locations). Solid business also came from Argentina, Colombia, Greece and New Zealand. Tangled now ranks as Disney's 15th-biggest animation title ever released and has yet to play such key foreign markets as the U.K., Spain, Korea and Japan.
Finishing No. 1 on the weekend in nine markets (seven of which were new) was Sony and other distributors' The Tourist, which collected $25.9 million from some 5,000 screens in 61 territories. Sony markets provided $21.3 million of the total. The best of the territories was Russia, where the No. 1 opening tally was $10.2 million over four days from 630 locations.
Although The Tourist has been playing the foreign circuit since Dec. 9, the offshore gross total for the romantic thriller starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie has yet to break the $100 million mark (cume $99.6 million), but will surely do so by Monday. Sony's cume for the picture is $51.9 million.
The weekend's No. 2 title in the U.K. was Warner Bros.' release of 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle and starring James Franco as a mountain climber trapped under a boulder. The opening round for the Pathe-Handmade Films-Films 4 co-production (released domestically by Fox Searchlight) landed $3.4 million from 310 locations, averaging almost $11,000 per screen.
Relativity Media/Atlas Entertainment's Season of the Witch, starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman, opened via Paramount in the U.K. day-and-date with its No. 3 domestic bow. The Crusader Knight saga set in the Dark Ages drew a No. 10 U.K. ranking with $871,269 drawn from 306 locations for a per-screen average of $2,847.
Storming Italy boxoffice was the opening of Medusa Film's Ma che bella giornata (But What a Beautiful Day), a comedy starring Checco Zalone. The debut round at some 685 screens generated $24.9 million over five days, a resounding No. 1 market launch. The local-language title ranks No. 3 overall on the weekend.
The 20th Century Fox film Gulliver's Travels, a 3D adaptation of the Jonathan Swift classic starring Jack Black -- which narrowly finished in the No. 1 foreign box-office spot last round -- dropped to No. 4 this time with a tally of $21 million drawn from 5,130 venues in 39 markets. Offshore gross cume stands at $81.2 million. Weekend action was powered a strong Russia bow ($9.5 million from 934 sites).
No. 5 was Paramount's Little Fockers, which flew past the $100 million foreign gross mark on the weekend ($109 million), generating $18.4 million from 4,492 spots in 45 territories.
The third installment of the Meet the Parents comedy franchise opened in nine Latin America and Asian markets with Brazil being the biggest ($1.5 million from 196 situations). A No. 3 third weekend holdover in the U.K. produced $2.4 million from 495 sites, bringing the market cume to $23.8 million.
Disney's Tron: Legacy generated a fourth-weekend gross of $18 million from 4,122 venues in 55 territories for an overseas cume of $145 million.
The high-budget 3D sequel to 1982's Tron opened in Italy, dominating the market with $7.2 million generated at 425 locations and accounting for 40% of the overall weekend take. A China opening is due Monday at some 1,600 3D venues plus 25 Imax sites.