'Terminator' tops overseas boxoffice
Finished No. 1 in all but four of the 70 markets it playedWith the overseas opening of Universal's comic fantasy "Land of the Lost" a week away, the international circuit lacked a summer blockbuster debut during the weekend. That left it up to holdover "Terminator Salvation" to decisively claim the No. 1 spot with a $65.2 million frame from 8,279 screens in 70 markets.
The fourth title in the sci-fi action series has been in foreign release since May 27, mostly playing limited dates in the Middle East and Asia. The Christian Bale-Sam Worthington vehicle broke wide during the weekend, however, finishing No. 1 in all but four of the territories it played.
According to Sony, which is distributing the title in most territories, "Terminator" already is running 21% ahead of the comparable overseas boxoffice compiled by its predecessor, 2003's "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." The latest title's weekend is the third-highest of 2009.
"Terminator's" leading market was the U.K., where it grossed $11 million from 489 locations. Russia produced $8 million from 786 sites, the 10th-biggest weekend opener to date for a Hollywood title there. France came up with $5.4 million from 752 spots, Germany provided $6 million from 981 locations, Australia generated $5.2 million from 386 screens and Spain contributed $4.9 million from 563 locations.
"Terminator's" early foreign gross total is $99.1 million from all distributors with Sony-handled territories providing about $77.5 million.
In second place overall was last weekend's No. 1 foreign attraction, Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," which generated $27.9 million from 8,350 screens in 66 markets. Its overseas cume is $149.6 million.
The family comedy starring Ben Stiller premiered at No. 1 in Korea ($4.5 million from 542 spots) and finished first in its second China weekend with $2.1 million from 818 locations.
At No. 3, Sony's "Angels & Demons," drew $22.2 million from 9,059 screens in 100 markets, hiking the international gross of "The Da Vinci Code's" follow-up to $291 million. The Tom Hanks vehicle finished at No. 2 in its fourth weekend in Germany with $3.9 million generated from 1,042 sites.
In fourth was Pixar/Disney's "Up," which opened at No. 1 in Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela for an overall weekend tally of $7.8 million from 1,270 screens in four markets (Russia, with $2.6 million at 594 sites for a 10-day market cume of $8.4 million, is the fourth territory). "Up's" international gross is $13.5 million in 10 days of release. Worldwide, it's $150.8 million.
A delayed Mexico premiere produced $3.8 million from 540 locations, out-grossing the totals of the market's No. 2-No. 5 films. The animation title was similarly dominant in Venezuela ($835,000 from 63 sites) and Colombia. Openings in six market including Thailand and Argentina loom this week.
Paramount's 11th "Star Trek" edition finished at No. 5, dialing up $5.8 million in its fifth weekend playing 3,621 screens in 46 markets, good for a solid international cume of $112 million. Worldwide, its gross stands at $334.8 million. Its foreign total is easily the biggest overseas tally of any of the "Star Trek" titles; the series' previous top grosser was 1996's "Star Trek: First Contact" with offshore boxoffice of $57.4 million.
A delayed Mexico premiere produced $1.1 million from 448 sites. The latest "Star Trek" has a U.K. cume of more than $30 million so far, exceeding the market totals to date of Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Angels & Demons."
Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" generated $5.6 million from 2,100 screens in 21 markets, good for an international cume of $43.5 million. The teen pop saga starring Miley Cyrus opened at No. 3 in Germany with $3.9 million from 457 locations. Disney calculates that in terms of attendance, albeit at lower ticket-price levels, "Hannah Montana" actually was No. 1 in the market. A Brazil opening is on tap this weekend.
"Wolverine" drew $3.4 million on the weekend from 3,717 sites in 47 territories, hiking its foreign cume to $176.3 million. Universal's "State of Play," a journalism drama starring Russell Crowe, grossed $2.5 million from 1,149 sites in 26 markets for a cume of $28.5 million. A Mexico opening produced $693,000 from 294 screens, enough for a No. 6 weekend ranking.
Mandate International's "Drag Me to Hell" opened in the Philippines and Thailand, generating an estimated $2.4 million overall from 860 screens. The Sam Raimi horror title grabbed the No. 4 weekend slot in France ($1 million from 280 screens in its second weekend for a market cume of $2.5 million) and the No. 3 spot in the U.K. Its overall cume in 10 days is $7.3 million.
A No. 5 Spain opening accounted for $1.1 million (from 336 locations) of the total weekend gross of Focus Features/Universal's "Coraline," which pulled in $2.1 million from 1,094 screens in 23 markets. Its international cume is $26.4 million.
In France, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" from Pathe finished at No. 4 in its third weekend with $872,011 from 408 locations, for a market cume of $5 million. In Japan, Toho's release of baseball drama "Rookies: Sotsugyo" dominated the market for the second straight weekend, rolling up a $10.6 million gross from 428 screens, and achieving an astonishing $33 million market cume.
Other international cumes: Universal's "Fast & Furious," $193.9 million; Fox Searchlight/Pathe's "Slumdog Millionaire," $215.2 million; Universal's "The Boat That Rocked," $23.3 million;DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens," $169.4 million; Universal's "Duplicity," $35.9 million; New Line's "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," $12.3 million; Universal's "The Last House on the Left," $3.5 million; Fox's "Australia," $158 million (its final overseas gross); Universal's "Fighting," $4.6 million; New Line's "Coco Before Chanel," $775,449; Universal's "The Unborn," $31.8 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "I Love You, Man," $12.6 million; Universal's "Thirst," $11.7 million; Fox's "Dragonball: Evolution," $48.2 million; New Line's "He's Just Not That Into You," $72 million; United Artists/Fox's "Valkyrie," $115.6 million; New Line's "17 Again," $58.1 million; Fox's "Marley & Me," $100.2 million; Fox's "12 Rounds," $4.4 million; and Fox's Brazilian hit "Se Eu Fosse Voce 2," $21.7 million.