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Logging a record France opening, Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I commanded the foreign theatrical circuit for the second weekend in a row, drawing $114 million – 44% down from its opening round — from 19,700 screens in 62 territories.
Overseas gross total, $383 million, is about $162 million more than the seventh Harry Potter has grossed so far over two stanzas in the U.S. and Canada.
In France, Deathly Hallows opened at 971 sites and generated $19.7 million, which Warners said was “the highest opening weekend of 2010.” Holdover engagements were muscular. The U.K. provided $13 million from 581 locations for a market cume of $53.4 million.
Germany weighed in with $9.8 million from 909 screens for a cume of $35.3 million. Japan came up with $7.3 million from 872 sites (cume $34.4 million) while Australia provided $6.7 million from 610 situations (cume $25.4 million). Next big market opening for Deathly Hallows is Korea on Dec. 17.
Finishing a distant second on the weekend was Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Tangled, a retelling of the classic Rapunzel tale which opened No. 2 in the U.S. and Canada, and scampered to $14.9 million from 2,180 screens in seven markets in its first multi-market break overseas. (It played at one Paris location last round.)
Best of the seven territories for the 3D animation, the 50th animated title created by Disney, was Russia where the long-haired, teenage princess and her raffish boyfriend collected $7.5 million from 850 venues, which Disney said was a record opening weekend gross for a studio animation.
In Mexico, Tangled‘s No. 1 opening gross was $2.9 million from 480 locations. In all, the film finished No. 1 in six of the territories played, with openings this week set for eight more markets including France.
No. 3, Unstoppable from 20th Century Fox chugged to $9.3 million from 4,482 screens in 50 markets – eight of them new – for an early international gross total of $43.4 million. Director Tony Scott’s runaway train saga starring Denzel Washington opened No. 2 in the U.K. ($2.7 million from 419 locales) and No. 3 in Russia ($1.5 million from 598 spots).
Fourth was Warner Bros.’ comedy Due Date starring Robert Down Jr., which pushed its foreign gross total to $73.3 million thanks to a $8.15 weekend at 3,210 screens.
No. 5 was Saw 3D, which had sparkling No. 2 openings in Germany ($2.5 million at 317 sites) and Austria. In all, the latest in LIonsgate’s horror franchise bagged $5.7 million from a total of 1,795 offshore screens. Foreign gross total stands at $66.5 million.
Summit Int’l.’s RED bagged $4 million from about 2,295 situations in 40 markets. Cume for the spy caper starring Bruce Willis totals $70.1 million after seven frames of overseas play.
Sony and other distributor’s Resident Evil: Afterlife is winding down its lucrative overseas run (cume $230.3 million) in China. Overall, the Constantin Film sci-fi/ action fantasy played 3,025 screens in 10 markets on the weekend for $3.5 million.
Universal’s durable — 21 weeks of playtime so far on the foreign theatrical circuit — 3D animation title Despicable Me generated $3.3 million from some 2,489 venues in 38 markets. Overseas gross total stands at $284.8 million.
The Social Network from Sony pushed its cume to $90.4 million thanks to a $3 million weekend logged by director David Fincher’s drama about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg playing at 1,616 overseas screens.
Summit’s Fair Game, the bigscreen telling costarring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn of the Valerie Plame CIA leak story, has grossed $8.6 million overseas so far thanks to a $2 million weekend at 700 screens in 17 markets, with most of the action coming from Australia and Germany.
In Italy, Universal opened director Luca Lucini‘s comedy-drama La Donna Della Mia Vita, the studio’s coproduction with Cattleya, at 291 screens for $1.3 million and a No. 4 market ranking. Universal’s Spanish language coproduction, Julia’s Eyes, held the No. 5 position in Spain with 567,000 drawn from 307 situations for a 31-day market cume of $8.3 million.
Bowing No. 3 in the U.K. was Entertainment Film Distribution’s release of London Boulevard, a drama costarring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley about an ex-con who falls for a reclusive movie actress. Opening gross was $896,775 from 345 locations.
Dropping to No. 2 in France behind Deathly Hallows was Mars Distribution’s Potiche (Puppet), director Francois Orzon‘s comedy costarring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, which collected $2.1 million from 542 locations. Market cume over three frames comes to $13.2 million.
Opening at No. 5 in France was UGC Distribution’s People’s Names, director Michel Leclerc‘s comedy about a promiscuous left wing activist to sleeps with her political opponents. Opening at 213 sites, People’s Names drew $1.2 million. Opening at No. 9 was Gaumont’s animation title, L’apprenti pere Noel (Santa’s Apprentice), a French-Irish coproduction, which collected an estimated $840,342 from 280 screens (The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. and U.K. rights.)
Other international cumes: DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Megamind, $32.5 million; Universal’s Devil, $17.8 million; Paramount’s Jackass 3D, $42 million (after a $1.7 million weekend at 953 spots in 22 markets); Fox’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, $78.1 million; Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 2, $82 million; EuroCorp. Distribution’s Little White Lies, $37.8 million in France only; Fox’s Vampires Suck, $43 million; Universal’s Senna, $2.5 million from Brazil and Japan; Sony’s Takers, $9 million; EuroCorp. Distribution’s The Man Who Wanted to Live His Life, $8.1 million in France only; Sony’s The Other Guys, $49.6 million; and Focus Features/Universal’s The Kids Are All Right, $3.3 million.
Also, Universal’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, $15.5 million; Fox’s Cyrus, $2.3 million; Paramount/Shochiku’s Ghost: In Your Arms Again, $7.5 million in Japan only; Focus Features/Universal’s The American, $27.6 million; Sony and other distributors’ Machete, $12 million; Focus Features’ Another Year, $2.7 million; Sony’s Easy A, $13.2 million; Focus Features’ Biutiful, $5.5 million; and Fox’s My Name Is Khan, $34.8 million.
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