"Hancock" still hot at foreign box office

Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:58pm EDT
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By Hy Hollinger

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Hancock" led the foreign box office for a second weekend, earning a huge $70.4 million from 67 markets, according to final data issued Monday.

Will Smith's superhero comedy opened at No. 1 in 12 markets, including Russia ($11.4 million), France ($9.9 million), and Mexico ($4.6 million). After two weekends, the U.K. has contributed $33.4 million, Germany $24.2 million and Korea $14.7 million. Its foreign total rose to $180.6 million.

Meanwhile, "Kung Fu Panda" reached an international total of $218.4 million as it pulled in $42.2 million from 44 territories. New markets for "Panda" included France ($7.4 million), and Spain ($6.3 million).

Rookie release "Mamma Mia!" had audiences singing along to the tune of $24.3 million from 12 territories. The ABBA-inspired musical opens in North America on Friday.

The U.K., where the stage musical "Mamma Mia!" originated nine years ago, welcomed the film version at No. 1 with $13.1 million. Other No. 1 bows included Australia ($5.2 million) and ABBA's Swedish homeland ($1.7 million).

"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," meanwhile, went up to $216.5 million overseas after an $11 million weekend from 33 countries. "WALL-E" picked up $7.5 million from 12 markets as it continues a gradual rollout that will end in December in Japan.

John Woo's period war epic "Red Cliff" -- at $80 million, the most expensive Asian film ever made -- brought in an estimated $20.8 million from six markets in the region.

The Angelina Jolie thriller "Wanted" registered $9.2 million to hoist its foreign gross to $80.5 million, and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hit an impressive $440.8 million as it enticed $5.3 million from 44 markets.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Cast member Will Smith gestures at the movie premiere of "Hancock" at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California June 30, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>