Hugh Jackman bested Alexandre Dumas on the foreign theatrical circuit over the weekend as the actor’s sci-fi/action vehicle Real Steel edged out the latest adaptation of the French novelist’s The Three Musketeers for the No. 1 box office spot, collecting $24.9 million in its second round at 28 territories.
In its No. 3 opening in the U.K., Steel tallied $2.2 million from some 390 locations. Russia by far remains its most welcoming market, providing $4.3 million in the second weekend there, and a market cume of $14.5 million so far.
The DreamWorks SKG/Touchstone title, distributed by Disney, has recorded a foreign gross total of $57.9 million, $6.2 million more than its domestic cume. Steel opens in at least five markets this week including France and Mexico.
No. 2 on the weekend Germany’s Constantin Films’ production of Musketeers, director Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D adaptation costarring Logan Lerman and Milla Jovovich of the Alexandre Dumas historical novel. Summit Int’l. expanded the film’s foreign run – it has played Germany for seven rounds and in Austria and German-speaking Switzerland – to include 40 markets for a weekend take of $20.4 million from about 5,100 screens.
Biggest Musketeers markets were Brazil ($2.3 million from 303 sites) and the U.K. (a No. 3 debut for $2.3 million including previews from 485 situations). Foreign cume so far comes in at $49 million. The film opens in the U.S. and Canada on Friday (Oct. 21).
n Sony’s The Smurfs, the No. 1 film on the foreign circuit from Aug. 14 through Oct. 2, has surpassed the $400 million mark in offshore box office ($404.4 million all distributors) thanks to a $5.1 million weekend at 3,849 locations in 68 markets. Offshore action is nearly three times larger than its domestic cume ($139.4 million).
n Two fresh updates of popular titles, Paramount’s Footloose and Morgan Creeks’s The Thing, played overseas on the weekend. The former, a reworking featuring Kenny Wormald of the 1984 music-dance original starring Kevin Bacon, drew $1.74 million from 785 situations in seven markets (including the U.K.), lifting its total overseas gross over two rounds to $3.3 million. The Thing, a prequel to director John Carpenter’s 1982 version of the sci-fi horror title (which in turn was based on the 1951 classic, The Thing From Another World) opened at 362 sites in five territories handled by Universal for $1.47 million.
n The No. 1 title in France was The Artist, director-scripter Michel Hazanavicius’ saga of a silent screen star facing an anxious future and a perky, young dancer. Costars are Jean Dujardin (cited at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as best actor), Berenice Bejo and John Goodman. Warner Bros. distributed the Thomas Langmann coproduction in France (The Weinstein Co. will do so in the U.S.). Opener at 295 screens generated $3.1 million.
n Sony opened Moneyball starring Brad Pitt at 200 screens in Mexico where the baseball drama collected $437,128, enough for a No. 3 market finish. Russia and Venezuela open this week.
n 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes held on to the No. 1 Japan spot for the second consecutive round, grossing $3.8 million from 628 locations in the market. The sequel’s total foreign gross was hoisted to $257.8 million thanks to a $4.46 million overall weekend at 1,342 spots in 14 territories. A China opening is due Oct. 28.
Third place went to Universal release of Johnny English Reborn, which won’t open in the U.S. and Canada until Oct. 28. Weekend take was $17.1 million derived from 3,410 situations in 43 territories, hoisting the overseas cume for the latest Rowand Atkinson spy spoof to $85 million.
Debuts in nine territories (breaking records for an Atkinson title in Finland, Lebanon and the Unite Arab Emirates) plus strong holdovers (it took first place in its second U.K. weekend, grossing $5 million from 525 screens for a 10-day cume of $15.3 million) accounted for the energetic showing. Reborn has 20 markets yet to play, and opens this week in six territories including France and Mexico.
Lionsgate’sAbduction, director John Singleton’s action drama starring Taylor Lautner, is showing durability at foreign box offices, ranking No. 4 overall on the weekend. It opened in fourth place in Germany and in Austria for a combined $1.27 at a total of 288 screens, and held at No. 7 in France. Overseas cume stands slightly under $40 million ($39.6 million).
No. 5 was The Lion King 3D reissue, which drew $5.2 million in its tenth weekend offshore from 31 territories with about half the international market yet to play, said distributor Disney. Foreign gross total stands at $37.5 million. Opening in Italy and in Hong Kong, Sony’s romantic comedy, Friends With Benefits, bagged $4.5 million from a total of 2,363 screens in 59 markets for a foreign cume of $84.5 million. It finished fifth on the weekend, tied with The Smurfs.
Warner’s Contagion perked up a bit to gross $3.9 million from 1,100 screens in 17 territories for a foreign cume of $11.9 million. A No. 1 Spain debut collected $1.5 million from 325 sites. Same distrib’s Crazy, Stupid Love collected $2.8 million from 1,360 situations in 42 markets for a cume of $58.1 million.
Other international cumes: Fox’s What’s Your Number, $10.4 million (after a $3 million weekend at 1,703 screens in 32 markets); DreamWorks/Disney’s The Help, $10.7 million; Universal’s Fast Five, $414.7 million; Paramount’s Captain America: First Avenger, $189.4 million; Fox’s Monte Carlo, $14.9 million; Paramount’s Cowboys & Aliens, $68.2 million; Universal’s The Intruders, $2.9 million over 10 days in Spain only; Focus Features/Universal’s One Day, $26.9 million; Fox’s What A Man, $17 million over eight rounds in Germany only; Universal’s The Debt, $11.1 million; Sony’s Zookeeper, $86.9 million; and Universal’s Bridesmaids, $118.2 million.
Also, Warner Bros./New Line’s Final Destination 5, $115.3 million; Universal’s The Change-Up, $23.9 million; Fox’s Anytime, Anywhere, $3 million over five rounds in India only; Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $769 million; Fox’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, $119.3 million; Focus Features’ Beginners, $7.7 million; Fox’s What A Man, $16.9 million over eight frames in Germany only; Universal/Focus Features’Jane Eyre, $16.8 million; andConstantin’s Vicky and the Treasure of the Gods, $11.6 million in Germany and Austria only.