'Star Trek' tops Oz boxoffice
'Wolverine' still strong in China, Hong KongThe rejuvenated "Star Trek," from director J.J. Abrams, blasted off to No. 1 on the international circuit during the weekend, grossing an estimated $35.8 million from 5,556 screens in 54 territories.
The film's decent -- but hardly spectacular -- foreign opening indicates that the latest feature version of the classic TV series is likely to become the biggest "Trek" boxoffice success ever overseas. The series' top foreign grosser to date is 1996's "Star Trek: First Contact" with offshore boxoffice of $57.4 million.
"Trek" theatrical titles have traditionally performed far better domestically than abroad. The foreign weekend boxoffice for the latest edition, for example, is less than half the film's No. 1 opening domestic gross ($76.5 million).
Warm-to-ecstatic reviews for a back-to-basics approach, plus a younger generation of actors in the familiar roles -- notably Chris Pine as Capt. James Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, as well as a spiffy new USS Enterprise -- may promise atypically large international boxoffice for the franchise's newest edition.
"Trek's" weekend take alone represents 11.5% of the combined total ($312.9 million) grossed offshore by all 10 of its theatrical predecessors, according to distributor Paramount.
No. 2 on the weekend and playing almost strictly holdover engagements was last week's No. 1 title and summer season opener, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" from 20th Century Fox, which dropped nearly 60% from its opening-weekend take ($73.1 million) with an estimated $29 million from 8,982 screens in 102 markets. The international cume stands at $121.6 million. Worldwide total is $251.2 million.
According to Fox, "Wolverine" bested "Trek" in 28 territories. The title remained strong in France, China, Hong Kong and in South America. The top market for the title was the U.K., where weekend action was $3.3 million from 485 screens, enough for a No. 2 market rank. The U.K. cume is $17.9 million.
"Trek," since its May 6 offshore bow in France, Belgium and Switzerland, has performed especially well in the U.K. and Ireland (No. 1 in the combined territories with $8.8 million from 501 locations) and in Germany ($4.3 million from 688 spots). Australia provided a No. 1 spot with $3.6 million from 317 screens, France bellied up for $3 million from 493 sites, while Russia generated $2.3 million from 450 situations, and Korea weighed in with $2.2 million from an undisclosed number of locations.
Combined with the proceeds of its No. 1 domestic debut, "Trek's" early global boxoffice total stands at $112.4 million.
Openings to come for the "Trek" include debuts in Egypt (Wednesday), Japan (May 29), Hong Kong (June 4), Indonesia (June 10) and India (June 12).
No. 3 on the weekend was Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which opened strongly in Spain and Denmark and scored a melodic $7.8 million on the weekend overall from 1,500 screens in 16 territories. International cume stands at $19.7 million.
The Miley Cyrus vehicle doubled the opening gross of "Trek" in Spain, grabbing the market's No. 1 spot with $3.7 million from 385 locations. The Denmark debut produced $525,000 from 50 spots for a nifty $10,500 per-screen average.
Fourth was Focus Features/Universal's "Coraline," a stop-motion-animated tale about a young girl's discovery of an alternative life behind a door in her new home. The film premiered in nine markets, propelling its overseas cume to $15 million; the weekend tally was $4.7 million from 754 locations in 14 territories.
Fifth on the weekend was New Line's comedy "17 Again," which garnered $4.3 million from 1,977 screens in 33 markets for a cume of $41.9 million. "Fast & Furious," the hard-driving action title from Universal, steered its international gross to $189 million thanks to a $3.2 million weekend from 3,560 screens in 53 markets.
DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens" pushed its international cume to $158.9 million thanks to a $3 million weekend from 3,659 screens in 43 markets. Universal's political thriller "State of Play" starring Russell Crowe drew $2.5 million on the weekend playing 1,299 screens in 13 markets for an international cume of $16.7 million. A Japan opening is due May 23.
Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire" has sprinted past the $215 million mark in overseas boxoffice ($219.5 million as of Friday) and looks forward to exceeding $223 million this week. It is still pulling solid numbers in Japan (cume is $8.7 million there after five frames) and in Germany-Austria, where the cume over eight rounds is $17 million from both markets. Worldwide boxoffice is at least $363 million over 22 weeks.
Theaters in Mexico have reopened but attendance is slight. The No. 1 title in the market over the weekend was Lionsgate's horror film "The Haunting in Connecticut," which grossed a mere $206,000 from 253 screens. In Japan, director John Woo's costume drama "Red Cliff: Part II" drew $1.7 million from 651 sites for a market cume of $48.4 compiled in five frames.
In France, "Je l'amais" (Someone I Loved) opened at No. 4 with an estimated $2 million garnered from 343 screens. The SND/M6DA's release, directed and co-scripted by Zabou Breitman, is based on a novel about lost love by Anna Gavalda and co-stars Daniel Auteuil and Marie-Josee Croze.
Finishing at No. 3 in France was Pathe's "Incognito," a comedy starring singer-songwriter Benabar, which raised $2.3 from 459 locations, off just 30% from its opening stanza. Cume is $5.9 million. Ranking at No. 5 is another comedy, Gaumont's "OSS: Rio ne repond plus," which grossed $1.6 million from 582 sites in its fourth round for a cume of $18.1 million.
Other international cumes: Summit's "Knowing," $75.3 million (after a $2.2 million weekend at 1,713 screens); Sony's "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $33.4 million; Focus Features/Universal's "Milk," $22.6 million; Fox's "Dragonball: Evolution," $47.9 million; Sony's "The International," $30.7 million; Warners' "Gran Torino," $110.1 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "I Love You, Man," $8.8 million; Universal's "Duplicity," $31.8 million; Fox's "Se eu fosse voce 2," $21.7 million; Focus Features/C.J. Entertainment's "Thirst," $9.1 million (over two frames from South Korea); New Line's "He's Just Not That Into You," $70.1 million; Universal's "The Boat That Rocked," $18.7 million; Fox's "Marley & Me," $99 million; New Line's "Inkheart," $38.7 million; Fox's "Australia," $158 million; Fox's "12 Rounds," $3.6 million; Fox's "Bride Wars," $56.1 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "Hotel For Dogs," $42.2 million; Fox's "The Secret Life of Bees," $1.9 million; Fox's "Notorious," $6.2 million; Fox's "Taken," $74.5 million; United Artists/Fox's "Valkyrie," $115.3 million; and Paramount's "Friday the 13th," $25.6 million.