After a month atop the box office charts on the foreign theatrical circuit, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was finally shoved aside by The Smurfs, which finished No. 1 for the first time with a weekend take of $53.5 million — $6.5 million less than Sunday’s estimate — collected from 10,690 locations in 45 markets.
Returns for the 3D Sony Animation coproduction about the tiny blue creatures’ adventures in New York City were substantially bolstered by a $13.4 million five-day opening surge in China at 2,3110 venues. A first place bow in Russia provided $4.4 million from 663 situations while a No. 2 U.K. debut kicked in $6.2 over five days from 767 situations.
The Smurfs has accumulated a foreign gross total of $142.2 million since it opened overseas on July 27.
For its part, Warner’s Deathly Hallows dropped to third place with a weekend tally of $29.3 million garnered from some 15,000 locations in 61 foreign markets, hoisting its offshore gross total to a humongous $858.2 million after five rounds of foreign release.
The eighth and final installment of the series is now the highest overseas grosser of the franchise, said Warner Bros.
Making a tepid debut overseas in 13 markets via Paramount was Cowboys & Aliens, director Jon Favreau’s sci-fi-western hybrid starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. Opening weekend at 1,472 screens came in at $6.96 million, with about $2.8 million coming from 600 screens in Russia.
TV musical inspired Glee The 3D Concert Movie had a downright dismal opening overseas at 295 venues in five markets, grossing a mere $1.2 million via 20th Century Fox.
No. 2 on the weekend was Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which recorded substantial first place spots in the U.K. ($9.6 million from 488 locations), France ($8.7 million from 702 sites) and in Germany ($4.7 million from 724 situations). Overall, Rise came up with $40.8 million from 5,918 venues in 40 territories for an overseas cume of $75.5 million.
No. 4 was Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern, which has had tough sledding in overseas markets to date. Weekend take bounced to $14.1 million thanks to a No. 1 bow in Australia ($3.1 million from 400 locations) and a strong No. 1 debut in Mexico ($4.5 million registered at 1,593 spots).
Pixar’s Cars 2 from Disney finished fifth on the weekend, pushing its foreign gross total to $290 million thanks to an eighth frame gross of $13.1 million garnered from 45 markets. Worldwide tally for the 3D animation stands at $476 million.
Two Paramount releases, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Captain America: The First Avenger, drew $14.6 million from 7,570 sites in 62 markets for the former, $12.1 million from 4,948 situations in 45 territories for Captain America.
Transformers logged a strong Japan weekend — thanks to Obon school holidays – and came up with $4.6 million from 322 situations. The Michael Bay action title has grossed $728.4 million overseas thus far. Captain America from Marvel Studios has registered $127.7 million since opening offshore on July 22.
Director J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 is closing in on the $100-million foreign gross mark ($93.9 million) thanks to a $8.9 million weekend at 3,150 locations in 54 markets. Weekend openings in five territories included a $1.2 million bow at 215 creens in Brazil.)
Bridesmaids drew $5.2 million from 1,945 locations in 35 territories, pushing its overseas cume to $97.7 million. Distributor Universal expects the female- oriented comedy to break the $100-million foreign mark by Tuesday.
Registering $5.7 million – from 2,085 situations in 36 markets – was Warner’s comedy-drama Horrible Bosses. Overseas cume so far comes in at $35.2 million.
Fox’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins raised its overseas gross total to $90 million after a $4.7 million weekend at 2,700 sites in 33 territories. A No. 1 Italy debut furnished $1.29 million at 290 screens.
Zookeeper, Sony’s talking animals comedy starring Kevin James, came up with a weekend gross of $3.7 million from 1,899 screens in 41 markets for a cume of $56.4 million. For its part, Sony’s Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, drew $3 million from 1,410 sites in 44 territories for a foreign cume of $94 million.
Sony introduced its German-language production, Resturlaub (Residual Leave) in Germany, Austria and in German-speaking Switzerland. Director Gregor Schnitzler’s comedy drew $2.3 million overall from 498 screens.
Other international cumes: DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Kung Fu Panda 2, $452.7 million (with a Japan opening due this week); Universal’s Fast Five, $395.8 million; Fox’s Monte Carlo, $7.4 million; Universal’s Senna, $8.7 million in seven markets; Fox’s X-Men: First Class, $206.2 million; Universal’s Paul, $59.5 million; Fox’s Rio, $342.5 million; and Fox’s Assalto ao Banco Central, $10.1 million in Brazil only.