'Titans' triumphs at international boxoffice

3D epic has earned $118.7 million overseas

School holidays in French-, German- and English-speaking territories sparked weekend foreign grosses for a trio of leading 3D titles, with "Clash of the Titans" taking the top boxoffice spot with $53.6 million drawn from some 7,000 screens in 34 markets.

A second straight weekend in the top spot pushed the overseas gross total for Warner Bros.' update of the 1981 action fantasy to $118.7 million. 3D situations provided about 65% of the offshore boxoffice.

"Titans" opened at No. 1 in Russia ($11.8 million from 919 screens), France ($7 million from 576 sites), and Germany ($5.9 million from 628 situations). First-place holdovers produced $4.1 million from 642 locations in Korea and $3.8 million from 468 sites in the U.K. Openings in Italy and Mexico are on tap this week.

20th Century Fox rolled out "Date Night" at 1,610 screens in 35 overseas markets simultaneously with the marital action comedy's No. 1 domestic opening.

Foreign take for the Steve Carell-Tina Fey starrer was $7 million, just enough to qualify the new entry for a tie for the No. 5 overall weekend spot. Australia was the big territory, providing $2 million of the total weekend action from 304 locations.

In second place overall was DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," which drew $26 million from some 7,000 venues in 55 markets, with nearly 70% of the gross emanating from 3,357 3D locations. Offshore gross total stands at $150.3 million to date.

"Dragon's" only opening market was Poland, where weekend action was dampened by the Saturday air crash that killed the Polish president and dozens of political and military leaders. (Cinemas in Poland are closed until Tuesday, Paramount said.) The animation title's holdover in Australia produced a No. 1 ranking with $3.3 million from 361 spots, with 68% of the action coming from 3D venues.

No. 3 on the weekend with a sixth-stanza tally of $18.4 million drawn from 6,780 screens in 51 territories was Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," which continues to climb the all-time boxoffice charts.

Director Tim Burton's 3D reimagining of the Lewis Carroll classic has grossed $461.1 million so far overseas, surpassing 2003's "The Matrix Reloaded" from Warner Bros. (foreign gross, $460.6 million) as the 28th most popular title ever released overseas.

Worldwide boxoffice stands at $780.1 million, making "Alice" the 29th most popular title in film history, and the fourth biggest title ever released by Disney. Openings this week are due in Spain and Japan.

Tied for the No. 4 spot was "Shutter Island," director Martin Scorsese's drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which generated $7.3 million on the weekend via Paramount and other distributors. Foreign cume to date is $143.9 million.

"Island's" No. 1 opening in Japan provided $3.68 million from 442 spots -- for a per-screen average of $8,346 – representing, said Paramount, the strongest market debut of any Scorsese title (46% more than 2006's "The Departed" and 128% bigger than 2004's "The Aviator").



"The Bounty Hunter" boosted its foreign gross total to $42.3 million due to a $7.3 million weekend at 2,568 screens in 44 markets. Sony's romantic comedy costarring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler is tied with "Shutter Island" for the fourth weekend ranking.

Tied with Fox's "Date Night" for the weekend's No. 5 slot is Universal's "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," starring Emma Thompson as kind-hearted governess with magical powers. Total foreign gross accumulated so far is $34.3 million thanks to a $7 million weekend at 2,587 screens in 13 territories. The U.K. remains the biggest territory with "Nanny's" 17-day market cume totaling $18.3 million.

Opening in France (where it finished No. 5) and other European markets was Summit Entertainment's "Remember Me," the romantic drama starring Robert Pattinson. Overall weekend take was $4.7 million from 2,302 screens in 36 territories for a foreign cume of $27 million.

Coming in with $3.6 million from 635 locations in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand was Universal's "Kick-Ass," a comic-book-based saga of a nerdy teenager turned superhero. "Ass' " foreign cume stands at $12.4 million.

"Avatar's" foreign gross total now stands at $1.969 billion after director James Cameron's blockbuster generated $3 million on the weekend from 1,127 screens in 25 territories.

Universal's Iraq War drama "Green Zone," starring Matt Damon, pushed its overseas cume to $38 million thanks to a $2.8 million weekend at some 1,800 locations in 30 markets.

Sony's local-language co-production in Brazil "As vidas de Chico Xavier" (Chico Xavier) held the market's No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row. The film biography of a spiritual medium and prolific author drew $2.5 million from 291 screens for a territory cume of $7.4 million.

Top local-language title in France was "L'arnacoeur" ("Heartbreaker"), Universal's coproduction with Paris-based BBDA Quad Prods., which finished at No. 4 in the market with $2.5 million in its fourth weekend at 443 locations. The 26-day market cume for the romantic comedy stands at $23.4 million.

Disney's "The Last Song" drew $1.5 million from 263 screens in Australia and New Zealand for an early foreign cume of $4.3 million. The Miley Cyrus vehicle has grossed $46.5 million worldwide so far.

Other international cumes: Universal's "It's Complicated," $108.7 million; Pathe's "Tout ce qui Brille" ("All that Glitters"), $7.9 million in France only; Lionsgate's "Daybreakers," $19.3 million; UGC's "Les Invites de mon Pere" ("My Father's Guest"), $4 million in France only; Lionsgate's "Brothers," $11.5 million; EuropaCorp. Distribution's "L'immortel" ("22 Bullets"), $8.5 million in France only; Lionsgate/Sony's "Dear John," $19.1 million; and Gaumont's "La Rafle" ("The Roundup"), $23.6 million in France only.

Also, Fox's "Tooth Fairy," $45.5 million; Lionsgate's "The Spy Next Door," $21.5 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "She's Out of My League," $5.2 million from five territories; Lionsgate's "Men Who Stare at Goats," estimated $34.5 million; Warners' "The Blind Side," $39.3 million (thanks to a $3.1 million weekend from some 1,700 sites in 28 markets); and Lionsgate's "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," $53.2 million.

And, Focus Features/Universal's "A Serious Man," $21.6 million; Paramount's 'Up in the Air," $79.6 million; Universal's "Repo Men," $2.2 million; the Weinstein Co.'s "A Single Man," $13.6 million; Focus Features' "Love Happens," $12.3 million; Paramount's "Tension Sexual," $2.6 million in Spain only; DreamWorks/Paramount's "The Lovely Bones," $49.6 million; Fox's "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," $137.2 million; Paramount's "Case 39," $14.3 million; Sony and other distributors' "Book of Eli," $51.6 million; Lotte's "Hi Murderer," opened No. 2 in Korea with 1.5 million from 296 screens; and Paramount's "Shelter," opened in the U.K. for $215,582 from 176 locations.
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