'Toy Story 3' sets records on foreign circuit

Film bumps 'Sex' from No. 1 spot with $44.8 million gross

Pixar/Disney's "Toy Story 3," the weekend's front-ranked domestic film, also opened at No. 1 on the foreign theatrical circuit, grossing $44.8 million from 4,787 screens in 25 territories -- only a quarter of the total overseas marketplace.
 
Monster debuts in China and Latin America helped the film register "the biggest consolidated debut for a Pixar title from this bucket of release markets, almost doubling the (comparable) high set by 'Up,' " said Disney. That 2009 title drew total foreign boxoffice of $438 million (vs. $293 million domestic).
 
The top market for the Pixar animation threequel was Mexico, where "Toy Story 3" generated $14.67 million at 772 venues -- for a per-screen average of nearly $20,000 -- which Disney described as the biggest market opening ever for an animation title.
 
In China, "Toy Story 3" grossed $9.5 million on the weekend, also a record market debut for an animation film. Brazil came up with $3.3 million, the best market opening to date for a Pixar title, while Argentina tallied $2.3 million, another record market opening. Chile generated a $23,729-per-screen-average, with $1.4 million (a huge sum for this market) drawn from 59 screens.
 
As it has for all previous Pixar titles, Disney is releasing "Toy Story 3" in a months-long, graduated overseas rollout to capitalize on local market conditions around the world. The threequel this week bows in eight territories, including Australia and India.
 
No. 2 on the weekend was 20th Century Fox's "The A-Team," which opened at No. 1 in five of its 13 new markets, drawing $13.97 million overall from 4,929 locations in 48 territories. The top territory for director Joe Carnahan's feature update of the popular NBC TV series of the 1980s was France, where "A-Team" opened at No. 1 with $3.68 million drawn from 621 spots. Early offshore cume stands at $34.7 million.
 
Warner Bros./New Line's "Sex and the City 2," which had occupied the No. 1 overseas spot for the previous two weekends, dropped to No. 3 this time with an estimated $13.5 million grossed from 6,600 screens in 62 territories. The overseas cume for the sequel stands at $157.9 million (compared with the $263.4 million grossed overseas by 2008's "Sex and the City: The Movie").
 
No. 4 was "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," producer Jerry Bruckheimer's sword-and-sandals extravaganza via Disney, which drew $10.2 million in its fifth weekend at 8,680 sites in 54 markets, hoisting its offshore boxoffice total to $213.1 million.
 
Fifth was DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Shrek Forever After" in 3D, which registered $9.3 million from 1,394 venues in 19 markets. The fourth installment of the "Shrek" franchise opened at No. 1 in Australia, generating $8.15 million over four days from 471 locations with 76% coming from 3D screens. Overseas gross since the film's May 20 foreign opening totals $85.6 million.
 
The weekend's top five titles drew nearly $92 million, more than $20 million generated by the top five titles in 2009's comparable weekend, another indication that 2010 is -- despite the World Cup distractions and a strong U.S. dollar -- headed for another boxoffice record overseas.

In South Korea, Taewon Entertainment/Lotte's "71 – Into the Fire," a Korean War drama about heroic student fighters, exploded to the No. 1 market slot, grossing $7 million in its opener at 785 locations.
 
Sony's remake of "The Karate Kid," starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (son of co-producer/actor Will Smith), opened at No. 1 in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Vietnam, kicking its way to $5.7 million overall from 870 screens in 21 territories. Early international cume stands at $14.9 million.
 
Thanks to a solid China round ($951,000 from 1,545 sites for a 10-day market cume of $5.4 million), Universal's "Robin Hood" generated $4.3 million overall on the weekend from 4,657 sites in 46 markets for an overseas cume to date of $194 million. The same distributor's comedy "Get Him to the Greek" openedat  No. 2 in Australia ($2.1 million from 202 spots) and at No. 3 in New Zealand for an overall weekend tally of $3.1 million from 369 locales in four markets. Early overseas cume stands at $4.85 million with a U.K. bow due this week.



Toho's "Kokuhaku" (Confessions) continues to dominate the Japan market. The drama about a schoolteacher's avenging the murder of her 4-year-old daughter was No. 1 in its third round with $3.2 million drawn from 266 sites, for a market cume of $17.1 million. Kadokawa/Shochiku opened "The Book of Eli" in the No. 5 spot with $1 million elicited from 239 screens.

U.K. Film Council/BBC Films' "StreetDance 3D" pushed its international cume to $22 million thanks in part to a No. 5 opening in South Korea. Overall, the dance film starring Charlotte Rampling and featuring U.K. dance acts Diversity, George Sampson and Flawless grossed $2.8 million on the weekend from a total of 994 screens in Korea, Germany, the U.K. (where the market cume stands at $16.25 million) and Austria.

Lionsgate's "Killers" got off to a No. 1 start in a generally soft U.K. market, opening at 446 screens and grossing $1.56 million. Foreign cume so far for the action comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher about a married couple threatened by a hit man stands at an estimated $6.5 million.
 
In France, Universal Pictures International's release of "Fatal" is off to a brisk start, opening at No. 2 and grossing an estimated $3 million from 470 locations. The UPI acquisition, a comedy from French director/actor/singer/comedian/TV personality Michael Youn, was filmed largely in Montreal.
 
The French market should experience beginning this week a theatrical attendance boost thanks to the June 26-July 2 La Fete Du Cinema during which nationwide cinema ticket prices are discounted.
 
Best-grossing newcomer on the weekend was Studio Canal's "Bebes" (Babies), which Focus Features is handling in the United States. Director Thomas Balmes' documentary about a year in the lives of four infants from various countries opened at No. 7 with $701,096 drawn from 149 screens.

In Germany, Universal Pictures International's pickup of local-language family film "Hanni und Nanni," about twin girls and their dog, opened at No. 3 with $1.1 million drawn from 413 sites. In Austria, the film premiered in the No. 1 spot with $209,146 realized from 42 locations.

Other international cumes: Sony's "The Back-Up Plan," $33.5 million; Marvel Entertainment/Paramount's "Iron Man 2," $300 million; Warner Bros.' "Clash of the Titans" in 3D, $328.5 million; Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" in 3D, $685.6 million (fifth all-time overseas); Fox's "Marmaduke," $11 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "She's Out of My League," $14.7 million; and Universal's "Green Zone," $62.9 million.
 
Also, Focus Features/Universal's "A Serious Man," $22.1 million; Lionsgate/Universal's "Kick-Ass," $47.4 million; Fox's "Tooth Fairy," $52.6 million; Studio Canal's "La tete en friche" (Head in the Wasteland), $7.4 million in France only; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "How to Train Your Dragon," $260.4 million; Universal's "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," $59.7 million; and Gaumont's "Les meilleurs amis du monde" (Best Friends in the World), $3.1 million over two rounds in France only.
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