New 'Transformers' bows No. 1 overseas
Pulls in $20 mil from U.K. and Japan locationsPlaying in only two key foreign markets, Paramount's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" from director Michael Bay nonetheless premiered at No. 1 on the international circuit during the weekend, rolling up $19.6 million from 833 locations.
The sci-fi action sequel to "Transformers," Bay's 2007 smash that grossed $389 million overseas, opened at No. 1 in the U.K. ($13.7 million from 516 screens) and No. 2 in Japan ($5.8 million from 658 sites).
The explosive saga of shape-shifting robots, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, outperformed the original's opening weekends by 71% in the U.K. and 13% in Japan, according to Paramount. "Revenge" is set to open worldwide Wednesday.
Placing second was Sony's "Terminator Salvation," which dominated the overseas charts last weekend. The fourth title in the action series, starring Christian Bale, grossed $18 million from 8,892 screens in 74 territories to raise its international cume to $200.6 million. The portion from Sony-handled markets is $175.2 million.
The weekend's No. 3 title was Warner Bros.' "The Hangover," which held strongly in the U.K. (down 18% from its opening round with $3.7 million from 428 sites) and Australia (down a mere 7% with $2.6 million from 227 screens). The male-bonding comedy pulled $1.1 million from 342 sites in Russia and opened in Italy with $910,000 from 292 screens.
"The Hangover's" overall weekend take was $11.6 million from 1,900 screens in 25 markets. Its overseas cume stands at $30.3 million.
In fourth place was Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," a sequel starring Ben Stiller, which grossed $11.5 million from 7,223 screens in 68 markets and hoisted its international cume to $193.6 million. Foreign gross for 2006's original "Night at the Museum" totaled $323.6 million. The sequel remained No. 1 in Mexico for the second straight round with $1.85 million tallied from 445 locations.
In fifth place was the No. 1 domestic title, Disney's "The Proposal," which opened day-and-date on 1,490 screens in 10 markets and rang up a solid $10 million overseas tally. No. 1 bows were recorded by the romantic comedy, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, in Australia ($2.8 million from 280 locations), Russia ($2.8 million from 400 screens), Belgium, Netherlands and in New Zealand. The upcoming weekend will see "Proposal" open in Sweden and Greece.
Sony's "Year One," the latest comedy from the Judd Apatow production factory, dipped its toes internationally in two markets for a mild-mannered $1.6 million from 192 screens. The Jack Black-Michael Cera vehicle, which follows a pair of inept cavemen, grossed nearly all of its overseas weekend take from a No. 3 opening on 185 screens in Australia.
Sony's "Angels & Demons" drew $8 million from 5,447 sites in 82 territories. Director Ron Howard's follow-up to 2006's "The Da Vinci Code" has rolled up an overseas cume of $328.7million, still far short of "Code's" $539.7 million international total.
Finishing No. 1 in 11 markets, including Ukraine, Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia, was Pixar/Disney's "Up," which collected $6 million from 2,051 locations. The animated feature's overseas cume, during a graduated rollout, is $38.8 million.
A No. 2 Germany introduction for $1.4 million from 324 screens bolstered Universal's "State of Play," which grossed $3.5 million from 1,331 sites in 41 markets. Overseas cume for the journalism drama, starring Russell Crowe, stands at $36 million.
Focus Features/Universal's "Coraline" raised its international total to $33.3 million thanks to a $2.9 million weekend from 1,484 situations in 28 markets. The stop-motion animated feature opened at No. 1 in Italy with $1.2 million from 183 locations.
Treading lightly internationally is Sony's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," an action remake starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Its second weekend on the foreign circuit generated $1.3 million from 432 screens in 18 territories, raising the film's foreign total to $4.9 million since it opened offshore on June 10.
The rejuvenated "Star Trek" has accumulated $122.7 million overseas, making it the biggest offshore grosser in the 11-title series. Its weekend international action was $1.9 million from 2,465 locations in 39 territories.
Director Sam Raimi's tongue-in-cheek horror item "Drag Me to Hell" yielded an estimated $2 million from territories handled by Mandate and Universal. Mandate territories provided $1.3 million, and Universal reported $708,000 from 356 situations in 14 markets. The film's overseas cume stands at $19 million.
A muscular No. 1 India opening ($1.4 million from 322 sites) for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which Fox said is its biggest weekend market bow to date, contributed heavily to the action title's $2 million take from 1,824 locations in15 markets. Its international cume stands at $183.2 million.
Off to a leisurely start is Universal's "Land of the Lost," a family comedy-fantasy starring Will Ferrell, which drew $1.7 million during its second weekend playing at 656 screens in five markets. Early international cume stands at $5.9 million. A U.K. opening is set for July 31.
The weekend's biggest title playing a single market was "Rookies: Sotsugyon" in Japan. The drama about high school miscreants turning their lives around playing baseball is resonating in a market where high school baseball tournaments are a summer tv obsession. In its fourth weekend at 428 screens, "Rookies" generated $6.4 million. Since May 30, the Toho release has accumulated a huge $62.6 million in the market.
The top two titles in France were local-language films, with Mars Distribution's "So Near" opening at No. 1 with $2 million from 394 locations. The comedy, from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, revolves around a hapless husband coping with overbearing in-laws.
At No. 2 in France was another debut title, BAC Films' "Lascars," which tallied $1.5 million from 290 sites. The animated feature based a French TV cartoon series about the misadventures of two petty crooks, directed by Albert Pereira and Emmanuel Klotz, played the Critics Week sidebar at last month's Festival de Cannes.
At No. 4 in France was Pathe's teen-sex comedy "The French Kissers," which embraced $1.1 million during its second stanza -- down 34% from its opening weekend -- on 295 screens. Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" has grossed $6.3 million in the France market through five weeks.
Other international cumes include Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie," $51.3 million; New Line's "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," $15.7 million; DreamWorks/Paramount's "I Love You, Man," $16.3 million; Fox's "12 Rounds," $5 million; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs Aliens," $172.6 million; Universal's "The Last House on the Left," $5.8 million; Paramount's "The Uninvited," $9 million; New Line's "He's Just Not That Into You," $72.3 million; Fox/Pathe's "Slumdog Millionaire," $217.3 million; Universal's "Duplicity," $38.5 million; New Line's "17 Again," $63.8 million; Universal's "The Boat That Rocked," $24.6 million; New Line's "Inkheart," $39.9 million; and Universal's "The Unborn," $32.9 million.