'Tangled' Tops Int'l Box Office for Third Time This Year With $25 Million
Disney Animation's Tangled claimed in its 11th week of overseas play the foreign theatrical circuit's No. 1 box office position for the third time this year, roundly besting Sony's The Green Hornet, which opened abroad more recently on Jan. 12.
Weekend overall for the durable 3D animation version of the long-haired Princess Rapunzel tale drew $25 million -- $1.3 million more than Sunday's estimate -- from 5,170 locations in 50 territories for an overseas gross total so far of $286.2 million. Tangled is now the 23rd largest-grossing animation title ever released. A South Korea opening is due Thursday.
Tangled opened at No. 1 in Spain, grossing $5.5 million from 649 venues, while maintaining its first-place rank in its second U.K. stanza with $7.36 million from 448 sites -- down just 11% from the opening weekend -- for a market cume of $17.3 million. Strong weekend openings in Sweden and Norway were also logged.
For its part, Hornet finished No. 3 on the weekend, generating $16 million from 5,578 locations in 73 markets, and hoisting its foreign gross total to $83.2 million. The Seth Rogen vehicle, a 3D reworking of a radio series about a masked vigilante and sidekick Kato, opened No. 1 in the Ukraine and in Russia ($2.35 million from 511 sites), and in the No. 3 spot in Hong Kong ($905,196 from just 33 screens for a lusty $27,430 average per screen).
Key continental European markets on the weekend yielded exceptionally high-grossing local language openings, the biggest of which was Rien a declarer (Nothing to Declare) in France, the third largest foreign market last year for the big six Hollywood major studios.
Nothing to Declare did so well that it grabbed the No. 2 spot on the weekend overall. The Pathe release of actor-director Danny Boon's latest comedy about cultural frictions between French and Belgium customs officers drew a mighty $23 million from 1,036 screens, including $2.5 million in previews from the previous weekend.
Boon is the creative force behind 2008's Bienvenue chez les ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks), one of France's biggest box-office hits ever.
Action for Oscar-related titles was mixed. Paramount's The Fighter starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg as boxing brothers opened No. 3 in the U.K, grossing $3.4 million from 394 screens. Sony's The Social Network, which has been playing overseas since Sept. 30, drew $1.34 million on the weekend from 763 foreign screens for an international cume of $121.5 million.
20th Century Fox opened director Danny Boyle's 127 Hours starring James Franco in 10 markets for $1.56 million from 474 screens for an early cume of $2.4 million (the film has already grossed via Warner Bros. $11.3 million over five rounds in the U.K.). Focus Features and other distributors' The Kids Are All Right has grossed $10.9 million overseas so far.
The King's Speech opened at No. 2 in France via Wild Bunch (drawing $3.2 million from 260 screens) and No. 2 in the U.K. ($4.4 million in its fifth stanza via Momentum for a market total of $48.3 million). In Australia and New Zealand via Paramount, the Weinstein Co. co-production generated $1.88 million from 261 spots for a cume for the both markets of $21.9 million.
Overall, Speech finished with $13.5 million from 1,758 screens, pushing its foreign cume to $86.8 million, and its global take so far to $170.3 million. The royal historical drama finished No. 4 on the weekend overall.
At 416 locations in Australia, Mexico and New Zealand via Paramount, True Grit grossed $2.1 million, raising its very early overseas cume to $5.3 million. Focus Features' Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem, has drawn $12.9 million of its $14.3 million worldwide total from foreign markets.
Fox's Black Swan pushed its foreign gross total to $47.7 million thanks to a $12.4 million weekend playing at 1,926 screens in 28 markets. Swan qualifies for the No. 5 spot on the weekend overall.
Taking the No. 1 spot in Germany, the fifth-largest foreign market last year for the Hollywood major studios, was actor-director-scripter Til Schweiger's father-meets-daughter comedy Kokowaah, co-produced and distributed in the market by Warner Bros.
Opening round at some 670 Germany locations drew $9.1 million. (Title refers to a German mispronunciation of the French culinary term, "coq au vin.") No. 1 openings in Austria and German-speaking Switzerland pushed the overall weekend take to $10.4 million.
Finishing No. 2 in its second South Korea round was Fox's Gulliver's Travels, which drew $10.1 million on the weekend overall from 2,500 venues in 34 markets. The Korea take was $5.9 million from 523 sites for a market cume of $11.9 million. Foreign gross total for the Jack Black vehicle in 3D is $140.5 million.