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With the month’s international box office finishing significantly down from the total registered in January 2010 — when Avatar exploded on the foreign theatrical circuit — Disney Animation’s Tangled snatched the No. 1 spot away from The Green Hornet, grossing just $17.2 million from 4,404 locations in 43 markets.
A stronger than anticipated U.K. opening for the 3D animation reworking of the classic Rapunzel tale pushed its take $2 million past the gross registered by Sony’s The Green Hornet, the film which had been declared Sunday the weekend’s reigning box-office champ.
As a result, Tangled takes over the No. 1 box-office perch for the second time this year. The Disney Animation title finished first on the weekend of Jan.9, again at the expense of Hornet, declared the winner initially but dropped to No. 2 when all overseas gross numbers were counted.
What did it for Tangled this time was the film’s exceptionally strong No. 1 debut in the U.K., which yielded $8.2 million from 445 venues. Overseas gross total for the 3D animation reworking of the classic Rapunzel tale stands at $256.4 million with about 20% of the international market yet to play.
Hornet finished the weekend with $15.2 million drawn from 5,160 venues in 64 markets. Foreign gross total for the Seth Rogan vehicle, a 3D reworking on a popular radio series about a masked vigilante and sidekick Kato, stands at $59.8 million, boosting the worldwide total to $138.8 million.
Blessed with 10 Oscar nominations, True Grit made its overseas debut in Australia, drawing $2.4 million from 201 situations. The figure exceeds the comparable market opening of same directors Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men in 2007 by 200%, said distributor Paramount. A Mexico debut for Grit is set for this week.
With its 12 Oscar bids, The King’s Speech sailed to $11.2 million from 1,180 screens in 17 territories, enough for a No. 4 weekend ranking. The film’s foreign gross total to date stands at $67 million.
The historical drama grabbed the No. 2 position in the U.K. with $5.8 million garnered from 536 locations in its fourth round for a market cume of $38.6 million. In Australia and New Zealand, via Paramount, The Weinstein Co. co-production starring Colin Firth secured $2.2 million from 251 screens. A No. 5 Italy opening provided $1.3 million from 165 sites.
Foreign box office so far for other Oscar-related title is a mixed bag. Sony and other distributors’ The Social Network has accumulated $117.7 million so far offshore, while director Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours has rolled up about $11.2 million in limited runs via 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., with $10.6 million of the total coming from four rounds of U.K. playoff. Pixar/Disney’s Toy Story 3 grossed $649.4 million overseas.
Paramount’s The Fighter will open overseas this Friday in the U.K. Focus Features’ Biutiful made its U.K. debut over the weekend, grabbing the No. 15 market spot with $247,390 derived from 47 locations. The vehicle for best actor nominee Javier Bardem has grossed $11.8 million so far from foreign playoff. Focus Features’ The Kids Are All Right, which provided Annette Bening a best actress nomination, has grossed just $4.3 million in foreign playoff.
No. 1 in Russia was The Mechanic, director Simon West’s remake produced by Millennium Films/Nu Image Entertainment of the 1972 Charles Bronson action vehicle. Universal, which handled the Russian release with Jason Staham as a ruthless hit man, reports the opening market gross was $4.26 million drawn from 469 locations. Opening No. 4 in the U.K. via Lionsgate, The Mechanic drew $1.48 million from 301 sites.
Third was Fox’s Black Swan, which pushed its early foreign box-office total to $29.3 million thanks to an $11.6 million weekend at 1,293 screens in 16 territories. The Natalie Portman vehicle from director Darren Aronofsky drew third place in its second U.K. round with $4.1 million garnered from 429 screens.
Taking the top spots in Germany and Austria ($7.2 million from a total of 554 sites) – as well as the No. 5 slot on the weekend overall — was Disney’s Tron: Legacy, which grossed $11.1 million from 5,172 situations in 48 markets. With about 7% of the international market yet to play, the 3D sequel to 1982’s Tron has accumulated $195.1 million so far on the foreign theatrical circuit.
Director Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter from Warner Bros. grossed $10.2 million from about 2,200 screens in 32 markets. A No. 1 second weekend in France drew pushed the supernatural drama’s market cume to $10 million. Total foreign cume is $42.3 million.
Fox’s Gulliver’s Travels, grossing $9.4 million from $3,080 situations in 41 territories, has compiled an overseas cume of $126.6 million. A No. 1 opening in South Korea for the Jack Black vehicle produced $4.5 million from 492 situations, which Fox said was its eighth-biggest weekend opening in the market ever.
Warner’s family-oriented animation title Yogi Bear grossed $7.8 million at about 2,625 screens in 26 markets, hoisting its foreign cume to $34.7 million. A Mexico debut is due this week.
Making a powerful No. 1 debut in Japan was Nikkatsu-Toho-Nippon Television’s coproduction Gantz, a live-action adapation of Hiroya Ya’s popular manga and tv animation, directed by Shinsuike Sato. Opening round at 410 locations provided $7.2 million for a per-screen average of more than $17,600.
Sony and other distributors’ The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie grossed $6.4 million on the weekend from 2,450 situations in 57 markets for a foreign cume of $149.5 million. Fox’s romantic comedy Love & Other Drugs came in with $6.5 million from 2,548 screens in 39 territories for an overseas gross total of $52.9 million.
Italy’s No. 1 title for the second consecutive stanza was Qualunquement, director Giulio Manfredonia’s comedy starring Sergio Rubini about a shady businessman returning to Calabria to run for public office. Second frame for the 01 Distribution release provided an estimated $4.9 million from some 589 screens for a market cume of $15.1 million.
RED, Summit International’s spy-action with Bruce Willis, resurfaced in Spain and Japan for a weekend tally of $4.4 million. The No. 2 Japan bow, handled by Disney, drew $2.7 million from 297 spots. The Spain figure was $1.7 million from 348 sites, for a market rank of No. 2.
Paramount’s comedy Little Fockers pushed its foreign cume to $152.2 million thanks to a $3.45 million weekend at 2,504 screens in 47 markets. Sony’s romantic comedy How Do You Know drew $4.1 million from 1,550 sites in 11 markets for a foreign gross total of $6.9 million.
Universal’s The Dilemma, a comedy from director Ron Howard starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, secured $3.8 million from 1,152 sites in 21 markets for a foreign cume of $10.6 million. Sony’s Burlesque with Cher bagged $4.1 million from 1,676 screens in 40 territories for a cume of $37.4 million.
Biggest news out of France was Pathe’s limited opening of actor-director Danny Boon’s Rien a declarer (Nothing to Declare), about cultural frictions between French and Belgium customs officers. The comedy played at 86 locations in northern France on the weekend, grossing a hefty $2.5 million or nearly $30,000 per-screen on average. Boon is the creative force behind 2008’s Bienvenue chez les ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks), one of France’s biggest-grossing local-language hits.
Opening No. 2 in France was Metropolitan Filmexport’s release of director Peter Weir’s The Way Back, which collected an estimated $2.7 million from some 497 situations. The market’s top local-language newcomer was Pyramide Distribution’s release of director Alex Delaporte’s Angele et Tony. A No. 9 opening round for the romantic drama set in a Normandy fishing village was an estimated $494,573 from about 79 sites.
Taking the No. 2 spot in South Korea was Jo-seon Myeong-tam-jeong (Detective K: Secret), director Seok-yoon Kim’s costume comedy about a wacky detective and sidekick investigating a series of murders. Opening round for the Showbox release generated an estimated $4 million from some 525 locations.
Universal opened Barney’s Version, director Richard J. Lewis’ interpretation of a Mordecai Richler book, in the U.K. ont a 141-screen run. Opener for the Paul Giamatti-Duston Hoffman vehicle drew an estimated $173,255.
Other international cumes: Fox’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $271.2 million; Universal’s Devil, $26.3 million; Sony’s The Very Best Movie, $8.6 million from Russia only; Focus Features/Universal’s The American, $31.4 million; Warner Bros.’s Due Date, $109.2 million; Focus Features’ Another Year, $9.4 million; and DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Megamind, $168.9 million.
Also, Warner’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, $653.6 million; Gaumont’s Le fils a Jo, $7.5 million over three rounds in France only; Paramount’s Morning Glory, $15.7 million; Lionsgate’s Season of the Witch, estimated $30 million; Fox’s Vallanzasca, $2.86 million in Italy only; Universal’s Last Night, $1.8 million in Russia only; Mars Distribution’s La chance de ma vie (The Chance of My Life), $7.4 million over four stanzas in France only; and Fox’s Unstoppable, $85.6 million.
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