Foreign Box Office: 'The Smurfs' Beat the Heat and Emerge No. 1

July 29: "The Smurfs"
Sony Pictures

This 3D live-action/CGI family film will finally release July 29 after having its release date changed three times. While being chased by evil wizard Gargamel, the Smurfs are chased into a portal, which transports them to Central Park. Neil Patrick Harris stars alongside the voices of Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, B.J. Novak, John Oliver and Paul Reubens.

Weather is hotter than the box office in Europe this weekend as 'Apes' and 'Harry Potter' take No. 2 and No. 3 spots.

By Frank Segers


Bucking the torrid temperatures across Europe that depressed weekend box office on the foreign theatrical circuit, The Smurfs captured the No. 1 spot overseas with a gross of $35.3 million – down 34% from the prior stanza – at 10,527 screens in 58 markets.


The family-oriented 3D outing from Sony animation about those lovable blue creatures finished in the top spots in at least nine territories including Poland ($1.36 million drawn in its debut round at 150 venues), Colombia, Israel, Chile, Portugal, Austria and in Brazil ($4.1 million in the third round from 507 locations for a market cume of $22.5 million).


The Smurfs, which topped the foreign circuit for the second consecutive weekend, has accumulated total offshore gross of $211.6 million since it opened overseas on July 27. 


The weekend’s No. 2 was, again, 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which collected $29.8 million from 6,072 venues in 48 markets. A No. 2 bow in South Korea generated $7 million from 525 situations. The seventh installment of the 47-year-old feature film series has amassed a total of $124 million so far overseas.


Spectacularly landing at No. 3, and dominating a generally soft U.K. market, was The Inbetweeners Movie, a comedy costarring Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison about four South England 18-year-olds on a Crete holiday. The Entertainment Film Distributors ‘ release of the tv series spinoff opened No. 1 with a sizzling $21.7 million – nearly two-and-a-half time Sundays estimate -- drawn from some 453 locations for a per-screen average of nearly $48,000.


Entertainment Film Distributors also introduced to 420 U.K. screens The Weinstein Co./Dimension’s Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World 3D.  Director Robert Rodriguez’ sequel, costarring Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven and Joel McHale, opened No. 6 with $1.16 million.  On the weekend overall the latest Kids installment drew $4.15 million from 1,343 screens in four markets. 


The weekend’s No. 4 was Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which generated $14.9 million on the weekend from 61 territories. Foreign cume for the eighth title in the lucrative franchise stands at $901 million, with $110.6 million coming from the U.K., making HP8 the market’s fourth biggest box office hit ever.


The Weekend’s No. 5, Warner’sGreen Lantern, is picking up some steam overseas.  The weekend generated $11.9 million from about 4,200 venues in 36 territories. A No. 2 Brazil opener provided $3.55 million from 352 sites.  Foreign cume: $79.1 million. 


Debuts in six markets including a No. 2 bow in France ($3.5 million from 480 locations) lifted the overall weekend tally for Marvel Studios’ Captain American: The First Avenger to $11.5 million from 4,254 venues in 41 territories, and elevated the 3D superhero comic book adaptation’s overseas cume to $146.8 million. A No. 1 Germany introduction for the Paramount release provided $2.2 million from 460 sites.


Pixar’s Cars 2 from Disney drew $10 million on its ninth round on the foreign circuit, lifting its overseas cume to $314.4 million. Global take is $501.3 million. 


Since its offshore opening on June 9,Super 8, director J.J. Abrams’ sci/fi-adventure co-produced by Steven Spielberg, has finally crossed the $100-million mark in foreign box office ($107.7 million). The weekend came up with $8.3 million from 3,053 screens in 25 territories.  A No. 1 debut in Spain provided $4.1 million from 386 sites.


Paramount’s Cowboys & Aliens, the 3D sci/fi-western hybrid costarring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, maintained its low box office profile overseas with a $8.1 million weekend at 2,162 locations in 20 territories.  Accumulated foreign gross since Aug. 9 came to $17.7 million.  A No. 3 U.K. premier generated $2.9 million from 431 venues while an Australia debut provided $2.2 million from 229 sites.


Coming in at $7 million on the weekend at 2,200 screens in 46 markets was Warner’s comedy-drama Horrible Bosses.  The film opened No. 1 in Italy while a  No. 3 France bow provided $1.9 million from 258 locations.  Foreign cume stands at $45.4 million.


Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the action extravaganza from director Michael Bay upped its offshore box office total to $747.3 million – the distributor’s best grossing foreign hit ever – thanks to a $6.1 million weekend at 1,153 situations in 44 markets. Japan market cume so far is $44.4 million while total China box office stands at a sensational $159.1 million.


Although DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 has been playing the foreign circuit since May 26, the 3D animation sequel keeps on chugging at the box office. A No. 4 Japan debut generated $3.2 million from 305 venues.  Weekend overall came up with $6.65.5 million from 1,278 situations in 28 territories for an international cume of $460 million.


Weekend foreign action for a pair of female-oriented comedies  -- Universal’s Bridesmaids costarring Kristen Wiig and Sony’s Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz – tied at $3.4 million each.  Bridesmaids played at 1,866 sites in 31 territories for an overseas gross total of $104.8 million.  Bad Teacher was booked at some 1,414 locations in 48 markets for an offshore cume of $98.9 million.


Opening No. 1 in Australia was Sony’s Friends With Benefits, a romantic comedy costarring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, which grossed $2.7 million in the market at 247 locations.  Overall weekend take came to $3.1 million derived from 477 screens in 10 territories.  Early foreign total gross stands at $13.4 million.


Zookeeper, the talking animals comedy from Sony starring Kevin James, had a soft France debut, coming in at No. 15 in the market with $477,649 derived from 231 screens.  Weekend overall drew $2.8 million from 1,610 screens in 45 territories for an overseas cume of $62.3 million.


In France, four of the market’s top five titles were American films with the exception of Pathe’s release of The Skin I Live In from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, which grabbed the No. 5 spot with $1.45 million derived from some 281 screens.


Other international cumes: Warner’s Crazy Stupid Love, $5.1 million (after a $4.2 million weekend at 1,150 screens in 12 markets); Fox’s X-Men: First Class, $206.8 million; Universal’s Hop, $76.5 million; Fox’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, $96.8 million; Universal’s Senna, $9 million from eight markets; Fox’s Monte Carlo, $8.2 million; Universal’s Fast Five, $397 million; and Fox’s Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, $2.88 million.


Also, Sony’s Resturlaub (Residual Leave), $4.6 million from two markets; Fox’s Assalto Ao Banco Central, $11.2 million from Brazil only; Focus Features’ Beginners, $5.7 million; Universal’s Paul, $59.6 million; Fox’s Win Win, $137,474 in Australia opener at 63 spots; Focus Features’ One Day, $1.2 million; Fox’s You Are The Apple Of My Eye,  $3.1 million in Taiwan opener at 118 screens; and Focus Features’ Jane Eyre, $4.2 million.