'Titans' tops global charts again

'Alice,' 'Dragon,' 'Date' round out top four int'l boxoffice winners

Opulent openings in Mexico, China and Italy propelled "Clash of the Titans" to the No. 1 boxoffice ranking on the foreign theatrical circuit for the third straight stanza.

The film's updated weekend take came in at $55.3 million -- $1.7 million more than was projected on Sunday -- from 10,850 screens in 57 markets. "Clash" premiered in first place in 26 new markets, said distributor Warner Bros.

Overseas gross total accumulated so far by the 3D update of MGM's 1981 action fantasy based on Greek mythology comes to $189.7 million. Nearly 70% of the weekend boxoffice (68%) was generated at 3D venues, which accounted for 46% of all screens played.

A China debut produced $7.4 million (from 1,310 screens, all digital) as did "Titans'" Mexico bow at 1,344 locations, marking Warner's second biggest Mexico opener ever and the eighth biggest bow industrywide for the market. The film's Italy opening drew $4.5 million from 608 screens.

Particularly strong holdovers for "Titans" included France (No. 2 in the market with $3.5 million from 601 sites, cume $12.2 million) and Germany (No. 1 with $2.6 million from 632 screens, cume $10.2 million). A Japan opening is due Friday.

The weekend's No. 2 title was Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," which grossed $34 million from 7,018 screens in 53 territories.

Director Tim Burton's 3D reworking of the Lewis Carroll classic, which occupied the top offshore ranking through March, was buoyed by strong weekend openings in Japan ($14.3 million from 859 locations) and Spain ($10.1 million from 635 screens).

A solid holdover in France ($3.9 million in the fourth weekend at 741 spots for a market cume of $33.8 million) also contributed to "Alice's" boxoffice bounce. The film's foreign gross total has surpassed a half-billion dollars ($503.9 million), making the title one of only 21 films in history to beat that benchmark.

Worldwide, "Alice" has generated $828 million to rank as the 22nd biggest boxoffice hit of all time and the fourth most popular title ever released by Disney. A Brazil opening is scheduled for Friday.

The weekend's No. 3 title was DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," which boosted its overseas gross total to $177.1 million after four rounds thanks to a $15.8 million weekend at 6,332 venues in 50 markets.

Distributor Paramount said about 65% of the overall weekend gross came from 3D screens. Despite unseasonably warm weather in the U.K., "Dragon" managed to hold nicely at No. 3 with $2 million generated from 490 sites for a market cume of $20 million.

Opening in seven markets and finishing No. 4 was Fox's Date Night," which grossed $7.95 million in its second weekend on the foreign circuit, playing a total of 2,797 screens in 41 territories and pushing its overseas take to $17.7 million.

Best new market for the marital action comedy costarring Steve Carell and Tina Fey was Russia, where it generated $1.36 million from 442 locations.

Fifth on the weekend was "The Bounty Hunter," Sony's romantic comedy costarring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, which grossed $6.6 million from 2,682 sites in 51 markets, pushing its overseas gross total to $51 million. A No. 7 France bow delivered $1.1 million from 271 screens.

The weekend's dominant No. 1 title in France was EuropaCorp. Distribution's release of director-co-scripter Luc Besson's "Les Adventures Extraordinaries d'Adele Blanc-Sec" ("The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec"), which opened the 28th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

The feature film adaptation of a Franco-Belgian comic series written and illustrated by Jacques Tardi -- about a fearless reporter (Louise Bourgoin) pursuing a prehistoric creature in pre-World War I Paris -- opened at 636 locations for an estimated $4.75 million. ("Adele" also opened in Belgium over the weekend.)

"Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," starring Emma Thompson as a kindhearted governess with magical powers, delivered $4.6 million via Universal and other distributors from 2,568 situations in 13 markets for an overseas cume of $43.5 million. "Nanny's" U.K. cume comes to $22.2 million over four rounds.

"Green Zone," the Iraq War drama starring Matt Damon, hoisted its overseas gross total to $43.3 million due to a $4.5 million weekend at 1,900 situations in 31 territories. Handled by Universal and other distributors, "Zone" opened No. 5 in France via Studio Canal with $2.55 million registered from 421 screens.

Director Martin Scorsese's drama "Shutter Island," handled by Paramount and other distributors, claimed $4.5 million on the weekend, raising its total offshore take to $154 million. The 50 markets Paramount is handling provided $4.1 million of the weekend gross from 1,589 sites in 37 territories. "Shutter's" Japan cume over two rounds stands at $9 million.

Summit International's "The Ghost Writer," director Roman Polanski's drama, bounced its overseas gross total to $27.2 million thanks to a $3.1 million weekend at 1,411 screens in 16 markets. Same distributor's "Remember Me," the romantic melodrama starring Robert Pattison, notched a $32.3 million foreign cume after a $2.6 million weekend at 1,673 sites in 29 territories.

No. 1 title in the U.K. was "Dear John," Paramount's release of director Lasse Hallstrom's version of the Nicholas Sparks novel about the romance of a soldier and a college student. Opening tally at 363 sites was $3 million.

Debuting No. 2 in South Korea was Synergy's release of director-scripter Lee Jeong-ho's mystery thriller, "Best Seller, " which is said to be fodder for a Hollywood remake. Weekend tally was $1.35 million from 370 spots.

Lionsgate/Universal's "Kick-Ass," which opened domestically on the weekend but has been playing for 17 days on the foreign circuit, drew $2.6 million from 681 screens in four territories handled by Universal for an early cume of $17.4 million. Openings in Germany, Austria and French-speaking Switzerland are due by next weekend.

No. 1 in Brazil remained Sony's local-language co-production "As Vidas de Chico Xavier" ("Chico Xavier"), the film biography of a nationally revered spiritual medium and author. The film's third weekend at 340 screens generated $1.9 million, lifting its market cume to $10.7 million.

Other international cumes: Fox's "Avatar," $1.972 billion over 18 weeks of release; Sony's and other distributors' "The Book of Eli," $54.9 million; Universal's "It's Complicated," $109.3 million; Pathe's "Tout ce qui Brille" ("All that Glitters"), $9.4 million in France only; Universal's "L'arnacoeur" ("Heartbreaker"), $21.4 million in France only; Sony's "Cemetery Junction," opened the U.K. with $980,551 drawn from 331 screens; and UGC's "Les Invites de mon Pere" ("My Father's Guest"), $5.1 million in France only.

Also, Focus Features/Universal's "A Serious Man," $21.6 million; Warner's "The Blind Side," $42.9 million; Sony and other distributors' "An Education," $10.3 million; DreamWorks and Paramount's "The Lovely Bones," $49.8 million; Universal's "Repo Men," $2.9 million; and Paramount's "Beneath Hill 60," $507,834 in Australia, opening at 163 screens.

Completing the list is Disney's "The Last Song," $6.2 million; Fox's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," $24.4 million; Paramount's "She's Out of My League," $6.4 million; Focus Features' "Love Happens," $12.4 million; Fox's "Priest," $1.6 million; Paramount's "Case 39," $15.2 million; Universal's "Leap Year," $1.9 million; Paramount's "Up in the Air," $80 million; Universal's "Die Teufelskicker," $3.9 million; Paramount's "Tension Sexual," $2.7 million in Spain only; and Fox's "Tooth Fairy," $45.9 million.
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