'Unstoppable' Narrowly Knocks 'Due Date' From Top Box Office Spot Overseas
$17.4 mil Robert Downey Jr. comedy finishes close second; "Megamind" earns very early foreign cume of $27 mil.
The 20th Century Fox film Unstoppable barely lived up to its billing on the foreign language circuit as director Tony Scott's action vehicle edged out the Warner Bros. comedy Due Date for the No. 1 overseas box-office spot, grossing $19.3 million on the weekend from 4,137 screens.
Starring Denzel Washington in his fifth film directed by Scott, the runaway train thriller co-starring Chris Pine opened in 39 foreign markets, drawing $3.4 million less in box office than its No. 2 U.S. and Canada debut.
Unstoppable premiered strongly in Asia. The No. 1 China tally was $5.6 million from 1,200 screens, said Fox. The film also ranked No. 1 in its Taiwan, Malaysia and Hong Kong bows. Top European markets were France (No. 4 with $2.7 million from 430 locations), Spain (No. 1 with $1.6 million at 334 screens) and Germany (No. 2 with $1.2 million from 504 spots).
Finishing a close second on the weekend, Due Date grossed $17.7 million from 4,325 screens in 40 territories, lifting its overseas cume to $47.1 million. Director Todd Phillips' comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis scored a No. 3 France opening, generating $3.2 million from 388 situations. A No. 1 second weekend in the U.K. provided $3 million from 452 sites for a market cume of $9.2 million.
Opening No. 2 in the U.K. was Momentum Pictures' release of Relativity Media's co-production Skyline -- a reported $10 million sci-fi thriller which opened No. 4 on the weekend domestically -- about an extraterrestrial force swallowing hapless residents in Los Angeles. Debut round at 381 screens provided $1.9 million.
The weekend's No. 1 title in the U.S. and Canada was DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's 3D title Megamind, which grossed $3.9 million overseas from about 1,110 venues in 11 markets, for a very early foreign boxoffice total of $27 million accumulated since its Oct. 28 bow on the foreign circuit.
Despicable Me came in No. 3 overall thanks to a $9.9 million weekend at some 3,752 venues in 38 markets. Universal's 3D family oriented animation comedy has grossed $271 million since opening offshore 19 weeks ago.
Introducing itself in eight markets and finishing fourth was Paramount's Jackass 3D, which laughed all the way to the bank with $8.4 million from 1,940 locations in 22 territories. The stunt-doc action comedy, the third in the Jackass series, held the No. 1 spot in its second Australia round ($1.9 million from 198 spots, cume $6.5 million) and has generated total overseas box office so far of $31.8 million.
No. 5 was the latest in the Saw horror series from Lionsgate. Weekend action for Saw 3D came to an estimated $7.7 million from an unspecified number of screens and territories. Overseas cume stands at an estimated $44.5 million.
RED, the spy saga starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren, chugged along in 42 markets to an estimated $7.5 million from 2,897 screens. That lifted the Summit Inernational release to a $52.6 after five weeks of playing abroad. Openings in four markets, including France, are due this week.
The Social Network, director David Fincher's drama about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, grossed $7.3 million from 2,867 screens in 58 territories, pushing its cume to $76.8 million since opening overseas on Sept. 30.
A dominant No. 1 in France was director Francois Orzon's farce Potiche (Puppet) starring Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini. The Mars Distribution release, which has been screened at a handful of European festivals, including Berlin and Venice, has Deneuve playing a small-town housewife who takes over her husband's umbrella business after his illness. Opening round at some 440 situations came in at $6.8 million.
Finishing No. 2 in France was EuroCorp. Distribution's Little White Lies, a drama starring Marion Cotillard, which drew $5.7 million from 629 spots, pushing its France cume to $38.3 million. Paramount's Paranormal Activity 2 hoisted its overseas gross total to $74.3 million thanks to a $5.1 million weekend at 2,518 spots in 32 markets.
In Japan, No. 1 for the third straight round was Fuji TV/Toho's police drama Security Police: The Motion Picture, which pushed its market cume to $25.6 million thanks to a $3 million weekend at 394 locations. Opening No. 2 in Japan ($1.5 million from 305 sites) was Paramount/Shochiku and C.J. Entertainment's co-production of Gosuto (Ghost), a fantasy-mystery about a man who tries to solve his lover's murder by communicating with the victim's spirit.
Finishing No. 2 in its third Spain weekend was Universal's local language co-production Los Ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes), which pushed its 17-day market cume to $6.5 million after a $1.1 million weekend at 352 screens.
Other international cumes: Warner's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, $80.6 million (after a $4.9 million weekend at some 2,180 screens in 55 markets); Summit's Fair Game, estimated $4.9 million; Fox's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, $77 million; Touchstone/Disney's You Again, $5.5 million; Universal's Devil, $15.2 million; Sony's Eat Pray Love, $118.6 million; Universal's Charlie St. Cloud, $14.2 million; and Pixar/Disney's Toy Story 3, $648 million (worldwide, $1.063 billion).
Also, Fox's Knight and Day, $184.3 million; Sony's The Other Guys, $46.9 million; EuroCorp. Distribution's Arthur 3: The War of Two Worlds, $26 million in France only; Lionsgate's The Switch, $16.7 million; EuroCorp. Distribution's The Man Who Wanted to Live His Life, $6.7 million over two rounds in France only; Lionsgate's Alpha and Omega, $14.2 million; Sony's Easy A, $10.3 million; Fox's Vampires Suck, $41.8 million; and Studio Canal's The Princess of Montpensier, $4.2 million over two rounds in France only.
And, Focus Features/Universal's The American, $25.8 million of which $6.7 million came from Universal territories; Paramount's The Last Airbender, $187.3 million; Universal's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, $14.9 million; Focus Features' Another Year, $1.6 million from the U.K. and the Netherlands only; Paramount's Made in Dagenham, $7 million; Focus Feature/Universal's The Kids Are All Right, $5.2 million from South Africa and U.K. only; Universal's Senna, $1.6 million in Japan and Brazil only; and Sony and other distributors' Machete, $9.3 million.