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Monday, March 29, 2010

"Alice" stands at No. 1 internationally for fourth week

Source: thehollywoodreporter

Director Tim Burton's Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" 3D version sits in the International throne for the fourth week straight.

THR reports that 3D "Alice" collects $46 million on the weekend from 7,170 screens in 51 markets for an offshore earning of $363 million, with worldwide gross total stands at $656.1 million.

Paramount's release of DreamWorks Animation's "How To Train Your Dragon," drew $31 million from 5,594 locations in 35 markets, of which 32 are new. Overseas earning for the 3D animation are $42 million, with worldwide tally stands at $85.3 million.

Although "Dragon" opened No. 1 domestically, it will finish in the No. 2 spot behind "Alice" on the foreign circuit.

Biggest boost for "Alice" were openings in France (generating $14.9 million from 746 screens) and in China ($5.1 million from 450 locations). "Dragon," which opened No. 1 in Brazil, Mexico and Spain, did best in its second weekend in Russia ($6.4 million for a market earning of $16.7 million).

For its part, "Avatar" drew another $7.6 million on the weekend from 2,600 situations in 63 markets, pushing its overseas gross total to an unprecedented $1.950 billion. Director James Cameron's blockbuster ranks No. 4 on the weekend, behind the No. 3 title, director Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," which grossed $10 million from 46 territories handled by Paramount and other distributors.

The Paramount portion of "Shutter Island's" run accounted for $8.1 million from 2,697 screens. The period drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio has grossed a total of $125.6 million overseas to date.

No. 5 was Warner Bros.' "The Blind Side" starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, which opened No. 3 in the U.K. ($2 million from 369 sites) for a total of $6.7 million on the weekend from 9,600 screens in 28 markets for a foreign earning to date of $22.4 million.

Director Andy Tennant's "The Bounty Hunter," Sony's romantic comedy costarring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, laughed all the way to $6.1 million from 1,705 screens in 31 markets. Total overseas take after 10 days on the foreign circuit is $16.8 million.

Opening No. 1 in Korea was "Green Zone," which grossed $2 million in the market (via Sierra Pictures) from 276 situations. Overall on the weekend, Universal's Iraq War drama starring Matt Damon tallied $6 million from 2,100 sites in 27 territories for an international earning of $28.8 million.

Topping the U.K. market on the weekend was Universal's release of Working Title Films' sequel "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," which generated $4 million from 510 locations. The distributor says that is 4% more than the opening boxoffice figure compiled in the market by the original 2005 "Nanny McPhee."

The family romp starring Emma Thompson as a benign governess with magical powers also played dates in Ireland, Iceland and the Netherlands, and grossed overall $4.3 million from 614 sites.

Summit International's "Remember Me," a romantic melodrama starring Robert Pattison, drew an estimated $4 million from 1,944 screens in 29 markets. Foreign earning stands at $9.9 million.

Finishing in second place in France was Universal's local language coproduction, "L'arnacoeur" ("Heartbreakers"), which grossed in its second round an estimated $3.5 million from 379 situations. The romantic comedy, which opened a strong No. 1 last round, has generated a 12-day market cume of $10.7 million.

Opening third in France was Pathe's "Tout ce qui brille" ("All that Glitters"), a family comedy co-directed by actress Geraldine Nakache and Herve Mimram about the adventures of two young women on the town in Paris. Debut tally was an estimated $2.3 million from 340 screens.

At the opposite end of the content spectrum is "L'immortel" ("22 Bullets"), a crime caper reuniting producer Luc Besson and actor Jean Reno, who plays an ex-mobster whose attempt to go straight is interrupted by his attempted assassination. The EuropaCorp. Distribution release finished No. 4 with $2.2 million drawn from 650 sites.

Finishing fifth was Gaumont's "La Rafle" ("The Roundup"), the historical drama about French police collaboration with the Nazis, which grossed $2.7 million in its third stanza at 650 locations for a market cume so far of $14.1 million.

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