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Despite worldwide publicity on behalf of the retrofitted Titanic, Warner Bros.’ Wrath of the Titans handily maintained its hold on the foreign theatrical circuit’s No. 1 box office spot over Easter weekend, generating $42.1 million at 13,070 sites in 61 offshore markets.
The 3D action fantasy costarring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson andRalph Fiennes experienced a 43% drop — which Warner’s deemed “very good” — from its No. 1 opening weekend take last round. Total foreign box office over two rounds for the special-effects-laden improvisation on Greek mythology comes to $151.6 million – almost half the total foreign gross obtained by the film’s 2010 predecessor, Clash of the Titans.
The second biggest hit ever overseas returned No. 2 on the weekend as 1997’s Titanic grossed $35.3 million at 5,746 venues in 84 countries comprising 53 markets. No. 1 rankings were achieved in at least five markets including the U.K. ($4.36 million at 616 sites), Germany ($3.4 million including previews at 485 spots) and Italy ($3 million from 340 situations).
Titanicin 3D opened No. 2 in France ($3 million at 358 locations) and No. 4 in South Korea ($1.6 million from 269 locations). Its No. 5 Australia bow produced $1.9 million from 209 spots. Foreign gross total (including the James Cameron blockbuster‘s original run) now stands at about $1.29 billion, second all time behind Cameron’s 2009 smash Avatar ($2.031 billion).
Dropping from No. 2 last round to No. 3 on the weekend was Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, which collected $26.5 million from 6,270 locations in 60 markets. Overseas action continues to lag substantially behind the torrid domestic pace set by the action/sci-fi vehicle starring Jennifer Lawrence. Foreign gross total stands at $158 million versus the film’s domestic take of $302.5 million.
American Pie: Reunion(American Reunion in the U.S. and Canada) premiered offshore in 28 territories for an estimated tally of $19.7 million drawn from 2,555 locations. It ranks No. 4 on the weekend.
Distributor Universal said the overseas opening of the fourth title in the raunchy comedy franchise, which began with American Wedding in 2003, set a series overseas record. A No. 1 Russia bow drew $5.4 million from 613 sites while a first-place Australia debut generated $5.2 million at 229 playdates. School holidays this week should further spur Reunion’s box office.
Relativity Media’s coproduction of Mirror Mirror: The Snow White Legend Comes Alive was launched in more than 30 markets via myriad local foreign distributors, and ranked No. 5 on the weekend. The reworking of the Snow White saga — directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Julia Roberts — drew $16.4 million from 3,759 locations. The film had opened in several foreign markets over the last few weeks, and has accumulated a total overseas gross of $25.4 million.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, elicited $11.7 million from 3,925 situations in 49 territories, lifting its international gross total to $59 million. Universal’s 3-D animation adapted from the classic children’s book opened in seven markets including Hong Kong where it played just 34 venues, and drew $341,000 for a per-site average of more than $10,000.
Sony Animation/Aardman’s coproduction of The Pirates! Band of Misfits grossed $6.7 million on the weekend, playing at a total of 1,959 venues in 29 markets, and raising its early oversea gross total to $22.2 million. An Italy opening at 434 sites generated $1.2 million. The family animation adventure featuring the voice of Hugh Grant and Selma Hayek also opened No. 9 in Australia ($925,000 at 286 locales).
Seizing the dominant No. 1 spot in France by was director-writer-actor Alain Chabet’s Sur la piste du marsupilami (Houba! On The Trail Of The Marsupilami), Pathe’s release of the live-action/animation adventure based on a comic book series about the discovery of a mythical marsupial with a long tail. Opening five days drew $10.6 million from some 700 sites.
With its U.S. and Canada opening still ahead (May 4), Fox International’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, about retires in India, continues to rack up solid numbers abroad, drawing $5.3 million on the weekend from 1,436 screens in 27 territories. Cume for the drama-comedy costarring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith stands at $53.2. A No. 3 third round in Australia generated $2.1 million at 327 spots for a market cume of $11.9 million.
Other international cumes: Various distributors’ Intouchables, $137.5 million; Paramount’s The Devil Inside, $47.5 million; Disney’s John Carter, $195.6 million (after a $2.6 million weekend in 54 markets); Fox’s Star Wars: Episode I in 3D, $59.4 million; Sony’s 21 Jump Street, $27.4 million; Disney’s War Horse, $97.7 million; Fox’s Chronicle, $57.3 million; Sony and other distributors’ The Vow, $55.2 million; Fox’s This Means War, $87 million; Studio Canal’sCloclo (My Way), $13 million over four rounds in France only; and DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Puss in Boots, $403.4 million.
Also, Fox’s In Time, $131.2 million; UGC’s Mince Alors!, $4.6 million over two stanzas in France only; Universal’s Safe House, $73.9 million; Hugo, $76.4 million in Paramount-handled territories only; Universal’s Contraband, $27.7 million; Focus Features’ The Conspirator, $4.2 million; and Fox’s We Bought A Zoo, $32 million.
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