'Afterlife' No. 1 o'seas fourth straight week
'Love' unshakable at No. 2; 'Grown Ups' edges $100 millionIn another listless weekend on the foreign theatrical circuit, Constantin Film's "Resident Evil: Afterlife" in 3D eked out its fourth consecutive round as the No. 1 overseas title, grossing $15.6 million from 7,120 venues in 67 markets.
The latest in the scifi-horror franchise is currently scoring solid numbers in Latin and South America -- it was No. 1 in Mexico, where it has grossed $9.3 million over three rounds, and in Chile -- and its weekend box office pushed the Milla Jovovich vehicle's foreign gross past the $180 million mark (cume, $181.9 million) accumulated since its Sept. 10 offshore opening.
The weekend action overall typified the current between-the-seasons box office lull. That will change next month when several potential blockbusters -- including Warner's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" -- begin offshore rollouts.
No. 2 for the second straight round, Sony's "Eat Pray Love" is picking up steam overseas, garnering $13.5 million from 3,448 screens in 32 markets. The romantic drama starring Julia Roberts opened No. 1 in Brazil, Taiwan and Portugal, and has grossed $39.7 million foreign so far. Openings in Australia, Belgium, Greece and Russia are due this week.
Propelled by first-place openings in Germany, Austria, Sweden, South Africa and German-speaking Switzerland, "Despicable Me" collected $12.3 million from 2,412 sites in 35 markets for an overseas cume of $114.9 million. It finished No. 3 on the weekend.
The animated 3D family film voiced principally by Steve Carell took 32% of the German weekend market, said distributor Universal, with a gross of $5.3 million (including previews) from 687 venues. Openings in Denmark, France and Spain are on tap this week.
Fourth is director Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," which introduced itself in 14 markets in its second round on the foreign circuit, generating an overall weekend tally of $10.8 million from 3,000 screens in 55 territories. A No. 1 opening was logged in Finland while the biggest territory was France where the 20th Century Fox release starring Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko pulled $1.95 million from 410 spots, enough for a No. 2 market ranking.
Opening with force in Russia ($3.2 million from 668 screens) and Australia ($1.7 million from 347 locations), Warner Bros.' "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" delivered an overall weekend gross of $9.6 million from 2,725 screens in 24 territories. Very early cume for director Zack Snyder's animation fantasy stands at $11.2 million. It ranks No. 5 on the weekend. Mexico opens this week.
"Inception" from Warner's pushed its foreign gross total past the $500-million mark (cume is $503.1 million) thanks to a $8 million weekend at 3,940 screens in 55 markets. Director Christopher Nolan's scifi-thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio has realized an estimated $54.7 million from the China market alone, said Warner Bros.
The No. 1 title in Japan – where seven of the top 10 titles were local language productions – was Fuji TV/Toho's "Umizaru 3: The Last Message," which drew $7 million from 467 locations. The disaster epic in 3D has rolled up a market cume of $56.2 million so far over three rounds.
Bolstered by a No. 1 ranking in its third weekend in the U.K. plus first place openings in Hungary and the Ukraine, Sony's "The Other Guys" gathered an overall weekend take of $5 million from 1,397 screens in 31 markets. The cop comedy costarring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg pushed its foreign cume to $22.3 million since opening offshore on Aug. 5.
Despite its blisteringly downbeat reviews in the U.S., "The Last Airbender," director M. Night Shyamalan's 3D thriller from Paramount, has grossed a total of $176.2 million so far overseas. The latest weekend tallied $4.05 million from 1,864 locations in 30 markets.
Warner Bros.' "The Town," the Boston heist drama from director-actor Ben Affleck, grabbed the No. 2 spot in its second U.K. weekend, and pulled $4.2 million on the weekend overall from 1,000 spots in eight markets for an early cume of $13.1 million. France cume stands at $5.4 million over three rounds.
Fox's "Vampires Suck" drew $3.5 million on the weekend from 1,620 screens in 13 territories, hoisting its overseas cume to $27.6 million. A No. 1 Spain debut generated $1.5 million from 324 screens. The horror movie spoof will open in five markets this week including Belgium.
Adam Sandler comedies have a way of breaking the $100-million gross mark overseas, and his latest release from Sony should be no exception to the rule. "Grown Ups" has logged $98.7 million so far thanks to a $3.5 million weekend at 1,550 locales in 49 markets.
Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" drove its international cume to $148.3 million thanks to a $3.1 million weekend at 2,486 screens in 26 markets. Globally the Jerry Bruckheimer live-action title starring Nicolas Cage has realized $211 million.
The weekend reinforced "Toy Story 3's" standing as the industry's biggest animation hit ever to the tune of $2.3 million drawn from 2,153 locations in 24 markets. Overseas cume for the Pixar/Disney title in 3D stands at $642.7 million while the global take so far is $1.054 billion.
Opening to warm reviews in the U.K., as per distributor Paramount, was "Made in Dagenham," director Nigel Cole's drama costarring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Miranda Richardson about a 1968 strike at a British car plant. Debut take was $1.06 million from 354 locales. Fox's Bollywood comedy "Khichdi, the Movie," opened No. 3 in India with $1.04 million derived from 410 sites.
Topping the France market in its fourth round was Mars Distribution's "Des homes et des dieux" ("Of Gods and Men"), about Monks versus terrorists in mid-90's Algeria, which raised its market cume to $13.3 million with a $2.5 million weekend at 464 locations. Warner Bros. introduced the market to New Line's romantic comedy "Going the Distance" with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long to the No. 7 spot with $823,050 drawn from 238 locations.
Other international cumes: Sony and other distributors' "Machete," $5.05 million; Universal's "The Devil," $9.3 million (thanks to a $1.5 million weekend at 891 sites in 13 markets); Fox's "Marmaduke," $47.7 million; Touchstone/Disney's "You Again," $2.5 million from Russia only; Fox's "Avatar: Special Edition," $2.017 billion; Sony's "The Karate Kid," $179.9 million; Sony's "Salt," $169.4 million; Fox's "Predators," $74.3 million; Focus Features/Universal's "The American," $14.8 million; Weinstein Co.'s "Piranha 3D," estimated $42 million; Universal's "Charlie St. Cloud," $4.06 million; and Universal's "Back to the Future," re-released at 277 digital locations in the U.K. and Ireland for $730,000.
And, Fox's "Knight and Day," $154.1 million; Universal's "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," $64.3 million; Fox's "Nosso Lar," $18.3 million in Brazil only; Lionsgate's "The Switch," estimated $12.2 million; Universal's "Get Him to the Greek," $29.3 million; Fox's "The A-Team," $100.3 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "Dinner For Schmucks," $8.6 million (thanks to a $1.8 million weekend at 719 spots in 14 markets); Fox's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," $8.5 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Shrek Forever After" in 3D, $493.3 million; Fox's "Hidalgo: La Historia Jamas Contada," $2.8 million in Mexico only; Paramount's "Tomorrow When The War Began," $11.8 million in two markets; and Universal's "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," $13.1 million.