Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful dominated an otherwise sluggish session on the foreign theatrical circuit, handily taking the top spot overseas with a $46.6 million gross in its second weekend in 55 markets, lifting its offshore cume to $136.8 million.
A No. 1 China premier for 20th Century Fox’s A Good Day To Die Hard, the fifth installment of the action franchise starring Bruce Willis, drew a mighty $15.7 million at 5,009 venues, elevating the total weekend take to $20.47 million at 8,966 sites in 50 markets. Foreign gross total flew past the $200-million mark ($201.3 million) with an Australia opening due this week.
Opening in Australia and the U.K. day-and-date with its U.S. and Canada bow was Warner Bros.’ comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone costarring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey. Debut round Down Under at 208 sites drew $1.1 million, enough for a No. 2 ranking. In the U.K., the comedy premiered in muffled fashion in the No. 6 spot with $462,698 drawn from 386 sites.
Great and Powerful , the prequel to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz – which dropped a third from its opening weekend gross offshore – opened No. 1 in France (with a mighty $4.7 million at 620 spots) and in Taiwan ($502,924 at 68 locations). It also stole in its second weekend the top Germany spot from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with a weekend tally of $2.65 million at 577 spots for a market cume of $7.2 million.
The special-effects-laden adventure-fantasy directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco as the title character claimed first place in Australia in its second weekend there with $3 million drawn from 558 sites for a market cume of $9.7 million. It took No. 1 in the U.K. in its second round in that market ($3.95 million at 539 sites for a market cume of $11.6 million) and was the top-grossing foreign title in South Korea, finishing No. 6.
Warner Bros.’ Jack The Giant Slayer, director Bryan Singer’s 3D interpretation of the Jack and the Beanstalk fable -- which up until now has been sequestered at 10 Asian markets -- expanded its footprint for a weekend tally of $11.1 million at some 3,750 sites in 25 markets. International cume stands at $35.5 million.
Jack logged a strong Mexico debut, tallying $4 million at 1,610 locations, sufficient for a No. 1 ranking in the territory. The film opens this week in Russia, Australia, U.K. and Japan.
Meanwhile, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, distributed offshore in most markets by Paramount, is poised to slide past the $150-million foreign gross mark ($148.8 million) accumulated over nine-weeks on the overseas circuit. Weekend total was $6.2 million drawn from 2,270 sites in 38 markets. Final major market opening is Italy on May 1.
Opening in Australia on a limited, 40-venue break was Mama, Universal’s horror title starring Jessica Chastain, which grossed $122,000 and finished No.13 in the market. The weekend over all generated $3.8 million at 1,987 playdates in 30 territories for a foreign cume of $47.2 million. Universal will open the picture in 21 markets over the next few months.
Premiering No. 2 in France (after Oz The Great and Powerful) was Pathe’s release of Jappeloup, a horseracing saga written by and starring local heart throb Guillaume Canet. Described as a French Seasbiscuit , the film opened at 533 situations and drew $4.8 million.
Oscar-related titles pushed on overseas. Universal’s Les Miserables drew $2.7 million at 4,741sites in 39 markets, hoisting its foreign cume to $281 million and its worldwide total to $429.5 million. Sony’s Django Unchained has grossed a total of $246.2 million (of which $84.3 million comes from Germany and France) after a $3.1 million weekend playing at 2,031 sites in in 54 markets. It opens in Korea this week.
Fox’s Lincoln is on the cusp of the $80 million foreign gross mark ($79.95 million) after a $1.25 million weekend at 1,561 spots in 32 markets. Overseas cume for Life of Pi is approaching a half-billion dollars ($483 million).
Other international cumes: Sony and other distributor’s Resident Evil Retribution, $183.6 million after a $3.6 million opening day in China; Warner’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $711.7 million; Paramount and other distrib’s Flight, $68 million over 20 round overseas; Universal’s This Is 40, $16.9 million; EuropaCorp’s 20 Ans D’Ecart, $5.2 million over two stanzas in France only; Universal’s Anna Karenina, $50.2 million; Studio Canal’s Boule et Bill, $12.5 million over three rounds in France only; Universal’s Identity Thief, $3.17 million; and Universal’s Ted, $328.6 million.
Also: Warner’s Argo, $92.3 million; Fox’s Hitchcock, $15.6 million; FilmNation’s Looper, $110 million; Universal’s Pitch Perfect, $46.6 million; Focus Features’ Hyde Park on Hudson, $3.4 million; Fox’s Stoker, $4.37 in eight markets; Sony/MGM’s Skyfall, $804.2 million; Focus Features’ Promised Land, $657,251; Fox’s Parental Guidance, $43.4 million; Hotel Transylvania, $197.6 million; and Cloud Atlas, $19.6 in Focus Features territories only.
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