'Toy Story' passes $100 million overseas
'Knight' is No. 2 with $12.4 mil; 'Grown Ups' gets $2.4 milGrossing a total of $103.8 million in overseas boxoffice since it opened offshore a week ago, Pixar/Disney's "Toy Story 3" retained the weekend's No. 1 spot on the foreign theatrical circuit for a second consecutive round with $39.2 million drawn from 5,815 screens in 32 markets.
Worldwide total for the latest in the Pixar franchise amounts to $330.6 million. Distributor Disney is projecting that, "based on its current performance trajectory, 'Toy Story 3' looks to easily surpass" the $361.9 million total rolled up by the 1995 original in less than three weekends of worldwide release.
Propelled by what Disney terms "record setting" runs in Latin America -- contributing $65.4 million to "Toy Story 3's" overseas total so far -- the 3D threequel is already the biggest Pixar title ever to play the area. Mexico alone has generated $32.7 million over just 10 days.
The weekend's Australia opening provided $6.5 million from 480 screens, while its South Africa bow contributed $1.1 million (including previews) from just 72 sites for a $15,278 per-screen average, the market's biggest opening ever.
In all, "Toy Story 3" has amassed its $103.8 million overseas total from just 35% of the overall international marketplace. Disney's gradual rollout of the film takes it to New Zealand and Turkey this week. Key European market openings (Italy, France, U.K., Spain and Germany) plus Japan and Hong Kong won't occur until next month.
Second on the weekend was 20th Century Fox's "Knight and Day," the big-budget action comedy directed by James Mangold and starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, which opened No. 3 domestic. In its offshore debut at 2,241 screens in 12 territories, mostly in Asia and the Caribbean, "Knight" grossed $12.4 million, for a $5,540 per-screen average.
"Knight and Day" premiered at No. 1 in South Korea ($3.7 million from 565 locations) and in Russia ($3.3 million from 949 sites). The film also notched first-place rankings in Taiwan ($999,477 from 135 screens), Hong Kong ($784,179 from 70 sites for a per-screen average of $11,203), Thailand, Malaysia, Trinidad and Jamaica.
Dipping its toes in foreign theatrical waters was Sony's "Grown Ups." The comedy starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider about a get-together of old friends over a Fourth of July weekend opened at No. 3 in Australia, drawing $2.3 million from 228 locations for a per-screen average of $10,073.
Including openings at a combined eight screens in Iceland, Curacao and Aruba, "Grown Ups" came in with an overall weekend gross of $2.35 million.
No. 3 on the weekend was Sony's "The Karate Kid," ducking major European markets during the World Cup, which opened No. 2 in Thailand and collected $8.4 million overall from 27 territories including an estimate of China boxoffice.
Sony handled the film at 925 screens in 26 territories excluding China. The remake starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith of the 1984 original has grossed a total of $24.3 million overseas thus far, with $20.8 million coming from markets handled by Sony.
No. 4, Fox's "The A-Team," generated $7.6 million from 4,412 screens in 53 territories and is for the second straight weekend No. 1 in France ($1.84 million from 621 locations for a market cume of $6.1 million). Overseas cume for director Joe Carnahan's update of the popular NBC series of the 1980s stands at $47.1 million.
Fifth was Warner Bros./New Line's "Sex and the City 2," which tallied $6.9 million at about 5,400 screens in 59 territories. Overseas gross total stands at $171.6 million, $91.8 million shy of the foreign gross total compiled by 2008's "Sex and the City: The Movie."
"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," producer Jerry Bruckheimer's sword-and-sandals title handled by Disney, pulled $5.8 million from 6,436 situations in 50 markets in its sixth round on the foreign circuit, hoisting its offshore cume to $224.8 million.
Previewing strongly in the U.K., DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Shrek Forever After" in 3D drew $4 million from 1,162 spots in 17 markets. Foreign cume stands at $91.8 million. Expect a boxoffice bounce this week with openings in key European markets including France and Germany in addition to the U.K.
No. 1 in Japan for a fourth weekend was Toho's "Kokuhaku" (Confessions), a drama about a school teacher's avenging the murder of her daughter, which drew $3.2 million from 266 screens for a market cume of $24.3 million.
Universal's comedy "Get Him to the Greek" opened at No. 1 in the U.K., generating $2.37 million from 389 spots. Weekend overall generated $3.8 million from 522 spots in eight markets, for an early cume of $9.67 million. The same distributor's "Robin Hood" raised its overseas cume to nearly $200 million ($198.7 million) thanks to a $1.9 million weekend at 3,813 locations in 42 markets.
Lionsgate's action comedy "Killers" starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl opened via Metropolitan No. 2 in France with $1.8 million drawn from 337 locations for a $5,422 per-screen average, the highest of the market's top 10 titles. In its second U.K. weekend, "Killers" drew $587,302 for a market cume of $2.8 million.
Other international cumes: Marvel Entertainment's "Iron Man 2," $303 million; Universal's "Green Zone," $62.7 million; Fox's "Marmaduke," $13 million; Sony's "The Back-Up Plan," $35.9 million; Universal's "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," $60.5 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "How to Train Your Dragon," $261.7 million; Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," $687.6 million; and Universal's "Hanni Und Nanni," $1.87 million in Germany and Austria.
Also, Studio Canal's "Le tete en friche" (Head in the Wasteland), $8.5 million in France only; DreamWorks/Paramount's "She's Out of My League," $15.6 million; Fox's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," $25.3 million; Focus Features/Universal's "A Serious Man," $22.2 million; Fox's "The Tooth Fairy," $53 million; Universal's "Fatal," $4 million in France only; Lionsgate/Universal's "Kick-Ass," $27.7 million in Universal territories only; Sony's "Death at a Funeral," $3.6 million in the U.K. only; Lotte Ent.'s "71 Into The Fire," $11.2 million in two rounds in South Korea only; Gaumont's "les meilleurs amis du mond" (Best Friends in the World), $3.8 million in France only; and various distributors' "StreetDance 3D," $22.6 million in U.K., Germany and Austria.