'Eagle Eye' spots overseas win
'Burn After Reading' takes the No. 2 spotThanks to openings in seven territories during the weekend led by Japan and the U.K., DreamWorks/Paramount's thriller "Eagle Eye" ensnared an estimated $12 million from 3,779 screens in 49 markets, finishing No. 1 on the international circuit for the first time.
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox's video game-inspired "Max Payne," the No. 1 film domestically, was fifth on the weekend overseas with $6.4 million from 1,305 screens in 32 mostly small markets. The action vehicle starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis premiered in first place in at least six of those markets and debuted at No. 3 in Spain with $1.3 million from 302 sites.
At No. 2 overall was "Burn After Reading," the Coen brothers' espionage satire, which opened in five new territories (three handled by Universal). Overall, its weekend take was an estimated $8.7 million, hoisting its overseas cume to about $30 million. Universal reports that the U.K. opening ($3.3 million from 396 sites) was the biggest boxoffice bow of any Coens title in the market.
Placing No. 3 for the weekend was Fox's release of the Russian-language "Admiral," director Andrei Kravchuk's historical drama that opened No. 1 internationally last frame. Playing Russia and the Ukraine, the historical drama tallied $8.2 million from 1,223 screens for a two-market cume-to-date of $27.6 million.
In fourth overall was Pixar/Disney's "WALL-E," which premiered at No. 1 in Italy, garnering $3.8 million from 250 locations for a robust per-screen average of $15,200. The weekend produced $7 million from a total of 2,844 screens in 22 markets for a resulting overseas cume of $247 million (compared with $221 million domestically).
Disney predicts that the animated title, 2008's ninth-biggest hit overseas, will overtake "Iron Man" (overseas cume: $254 million) and "Sex and the City" ($252 million) this week to become the year's seventh-biggest international hit.
The weekend's No. 1 tally for "Eagle Eye" hoisted its foreign cume to $45.6 million to date. Japan's weekend gross was $2.5 million from 306 locations, while the U.K. opening produced $1.7 million from 357 screens, enough to place No. 2 in the market.
Universal's "Mamma Mia!" pushed through the $400 million overseas gross mark (cume: $400.1 million) with a weekend take of $5.9 million from 3,789 locations in 49 markets. The smash hit musical is 2008's fourth-biggest international grosser after Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" ($466 million), Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight" ($464 million) and DreamWorks/Paramount's "Kung Fu Panda" ($418 million). It also is Universal's second-highest international grosser ever after 1993's "Jurassic Park."
Buoyed by a strong Germany opening ($2 million from 382 sites), Warners' "Nights in Rodanthe" grabbed $4.4 million during the weekend from 1,725 screens in 22 markets. The cume for the romantic drama is $12.6 million.
DreamWorks/Paramount's "Tropic Thunder" opened at No. 3 in France ($1.8 million from 300 spots) and pulled $4.1 million overall from 1,662 locations in 48 markets, good for a cume of $60.2 million. Fox's horror film "Mirrors" scared up $3.1 million from 1,600 screens in 25 markets for a cume of $30.6 million.
Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" retained the No. 1 market spot in its second France weekend (down just 33% from the opening frame), emerging via Warners with an estimated $2.4 million from 431 sites for a market cume of $ 7.1 million.
Sony's "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" broke the $100 million international gross mark during the weekend (cume: $100.8 million), making the Adam Sandler comedy his best-performing title abroad behind 2006's "Click," which garnered $100.4 million overseas for the studio.
A pair of fresh local-language titles scored especially well in France.
Studio Canal's release of director Pascal Thomas' reworking of Agatha Christie, "Le crime est notre affaire," opened at No. 2 with an estimated $2 million from 250 screens. "Coluche, l'histoire d'un mec," director Antoine de Caunes' film about late French humorist Michel Coluche's 1981 bid for the French presidency, opened at No. 4 with $1.6 million from 350 locations.
Other weekend tallies, plus international cumes, include: Sony's "The House Bunny," $3.2 million from 1,375 screens in 31 markets, cume $13.7 million; Warner's "Body of Lies," $1.7 million from 665 sites in eight markets, cume $6.1 million; Universal's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," $3.1 million from 1,349 dates in 33 markets, cume $69 million; Disney's "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," $2.2 million from 1,002 sites in nine markets, cume $14.1 million; Miramax/Disney's "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas," $1.6 million from 460 sites in two markets, cume $16.8; and Universal's "Wanted," $2.3 million from 1,350 screens in 21 territories, cume $201 million.
Other international cumes: Fox's "Krabat," $1.9 million from one market (Germany); Universal's "Death Race," $23.3 million; Fox's "Taken," $35.2 million; and Fox's "Babylon A.D.," $16.3 million.