'Titans' takes lead overseas
'Dragon' is No. 2, 'Alice' falls to third placeThe year's second quarter dawned on the foreign theatrical circuit with a new boxoffice champ in place as Warner Bros.' "Clash of the Titans" grossed an estimated $45 million in its opening launch at 4,270 screens in 15 markets.
Director Louis Leterrier's 3D, special effects-laden update of MGM's 1981 action fantasy loosely based on Greek mythology -- and co-produced by Ray Harryhausen and Charles Schneer -- is only the third title of 2010 to take the No. 1 spot overseas. (By this time last year, nine titles successively topped offshore charts.)
"Titans" took over Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" in 3D, which spent a month as the No. 1 foreign title after 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" dominated for the year's first eight rounds.
"Alice" drew $33 million from 7,640 spots in 51 markets, and ranks No. 3 on the weekend. "Avatar" finished out of the top five with $5.5 million generated from 1,712 screens in 37 markets for a foreign gross total of $1.960 billion. The biggest foreign "Avatar" market is now China, where director James Cameron's blockbuster has collected a total of $193.7 million.
Easter weekend action for "Titans," which stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, claimed the No. 1 spot in each market played, drawing $8.5 million over three days from 752 sites in the U.K.; another $8.5 million over five days in Spain from 549 spots; $6.85 million over four days from 725 Korea screens; and $5.75 million over four days in Australia from 349 situations.
According to Warner Bros, "Titans" beat the comparable opening grosses in the same 15 territories recorded by 2006's "300" ($38 million) and 2004's "Troy" ($32 million). "Titans'" 3D venues accounted 54% of its total weekend gross offshore. Openings in France, Germany and Russia are due this week.
The weekend's No. 2 film, DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," opened in 19 territories, and garnered an animated $38.6 million overall from 7,282 locations in 47 markets for an international cume of $98.4 million.
Nearly 70% of the tally derived from some 3,477 3D venues. "Dragon's" best openers were in the U.K ($7.8 million from 716 sites, with 76% of revenues coming from 3D locations) and France, where it grabbed $4.7 million from 743 spots.
A second Mexico weekend generated $2.2 million from 690 spots for a market cume of $7.6 million. In Brazil, "Dragon's" No. 2 second weekend collected $2.6 million from 318 locations for a market cume of $6 million.
Director Tim Burton's "Alice" in 3D has grossed $421.7 million overseas thus far, making it the 36th-biggest offshore boxoffice hit ever, surpassing 2002's "Spider-Man" ($418 million). Biggest weekend markets were France (No. 1 with $7.6 million from 737 spots for a market cume of $24.7 million) and China ($7.3 million from 1,477 locations for an 11-day market cume of $21.4 million, making "Alice" Disney's best-grossing film ever in the market).
Worldwide, the Johnny Depp vehicle's cume is $731.5 million, making it one of only 38 film titles in history to cross the $700 million global gross mark. "Alice" stands as the 35th most popular release of all time, and the sixth biggest-grossing title ever released by Disney.
New entries on the foreign circuit on the weekend included Universal's "Kick-Ass," director Matthew Vaughn's comic book-based saga about a nerdy teenager turned superhero. The film opened at No. 4 in the U.K. with $5.9 million derived from 403 screens. A U.S. opening via Lionsgate is due April 16.
In Brazil, "As Vidas de Chico Xavier" (Chico Xavier), Sony's local language co-production, had a smash No. 1 opening, drawing $3.5 million from 340 locations. Director Daniel Filho's film biography of Francisco Candido Xavier -- a respected spiritual medium who wrote hundreds of books and gave the proceeds to charity -- represents the biggest opening ever recorded in Brazil for a locally produced title, Sony said.
Also, Disney opened in Australia and New Zealand "The Last Song," a melodrama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel about the vicissitudes of a rebellious teenage girl. Debut tally for the Miley Cyrus vehicle was an estimated $1.4 million from 270 screens in both markets.
Paramount opened DreamWorks' romantic comedy "She's Out of My League" in five markets for a total of $2.3 million from 611 spots. Universal premiered "Repo Men" in Russia for $1.2 million from 327 situations.
The weekend's No. 4 title was Universal's "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," which generated $10.4 million from 2,345 sites in 12 markets for an overseas cume of $17.5 million, which includes France where the film is being distributed by Studio Canal.
Fifth was Sony's "The Bounty Hunter," starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, which laid claim to $7.7 million from 1,987 screens in its third weekend in 41 markets for an overseas cume of $28.3 million. The worldwide tally stands at $77.1 million.
Director Martin Scorsese's drama "Shutter Island" from Paramount and other distributors drew $6.7 million on the weekend, of which Paramount contributed $5.4 million from 2,458 situations in 42 markets. Overseas cume stands at $132.4 million with a Japan opening set for the coming weekend.
Warner Bros.' "The Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock boosted its overseas take to $31.5 million thanks to a $5 million weekend at some 1,805 screens in 28 markets. Summit International's "Remember Me," a romantic melodrama starring Robert Pattinson, drew an estimated $4.7 million on the weekend from 2,485 screens in 33 territories for an overseas total of $17.2 million.
In France, the American majors were very much in evidence over the weekend on the local-language front. "L'Arnacoeur" ("Heartbreaker"), a romantic comedy which Universal co-produced, garnered $3.3 million in its third round at 436 screens, sufficient for the No. 3 market spot. The 19-day market cume is $15.7 million
Premiering on the weekend was a Warner Bros. France production, "Tete de Turc," director Pascal Elbe's social drama about rebellious youth in the poor suburbs of Paris. Opening take was an estimated $800,000 from 200 locations and a No. 8 market finish.
Also new to the France market was "Les invites de mon pere" ("My Father's Guest"), a UGC release of director/co-writer Anne Le Ny's comedy about a retired physician who acquires a new wife. Opening surge generated an estimated $1.7 million from 220 sites for a No. 6 market ranking.
Holding the top Japan spot in its 5th round was "Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's Mermaid Legend." The latest installment in Toho's venerable animation series drew $1.7 million from 366 locations for a market cume of $29.2 million.
Other international cumes: Universal's "Green Zone," $33.8 million; Fox's "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," $136 million; Universal's "It's Complicated," $107.1 million; Sony and other distributors' "Book of Eli," $49.6 million; Focus Features/Universal's "A Serious Man," $21.4 million; Sony's "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" $54.6 million; and EuropaCorp. Distribution's "L'immortel" (22 Bullets), $5.6 million in France only.
Also, Fox's "Tooth Fairy," $43.7 million; Gaumont's "La Rafle" ("The Roundup"), $16.7 million in France only; Focus Features' "Love Happens," $12.2 million; Sony's "Dear John," $12 million; the Weinstein Co./Sony's "Nine," $33.9 million; Pathe's "Tout ce qui brille" ("All that Glitters"), $4.9 million; Fox's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," $23.9 million; Sony's "Legion," $16.7 million; and Warner's "Sherlock Holmes," $309.4 million.