'Torino,' 'Marley' top overseas boxoffice


In generally mild boxoffice action across most overseas markets, Warner Bros.' "Gran Torino" and Fox's "Marley & Me" tied during the weekend for the No. 1 spot on the international circuit, with each title grossing a relatively modest $8.8 million.

The figures for each were the lowest weekend international grosses for a No. 1 attraction to date this year, and pale on a per-market basis with the No. 1 boxoffice recorded by local-language films in France and Germany.

Powered by Fete du Cinema festivities in France, that market experienced an exceptionally strong weekend. Opening at No. 1 was Studio Canal's "Coco," a comedy starring Morocco-born stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh, who also makes his debut as a director. The debut gross was a huge $8.5 million from 565 sites, or more than 15,000 a screen, representing about 46% of the total market action.

Recording a smash No. 1 opening in Germany is Constantin Film's "Mannersache," which tallied $4.4 million from 631 sites. (The Weinstein Co.'s "The Reader," with Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, rolled up a Germany cume of $13.2 million after a No. 3 weekend gross of $1 million from 493 situations in the market.)

The most notable Hollywood studio newcomer was Universal's caper film "Duplicity." Opening in 11 overseas markets day-and-date with its No. 3 domestic premiere, "Duplicity" swindled $4.2 million from 998 screens. It ranks No. 5 overall for the weekend.

Clint Eastwood's "Torino" played 2,500 situations in 38 markets. "Marley & Me," which claimed the No. 1 spot the previous weekend, also played in 38 markets but at 2,909 situations. A Brazil bow for "Torino" produced $409,000 from 104 screens, which the distributor describes as the biggest market opening for an Eastwood title. "Torino" held at No. 2 in France and in Italy and No. 1 in Spain. Its overseas cume stands at $60 million.

"Marley" opened in seven markets, notably finishing No. 1 for the second straight stanza in the U.K. with $2.9 million from 476 screens. Its cume stands at $61.9 million.
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