"Titans" tops foreign box office again
By Frank Segers
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - School holidays in key foreign markets boosted sales for the trio of leading 3D titles, with "Clash of the Titans" leading the field for a second weekend.
The mythological epic earned $54 million from 31 markets, pushing its total to $119.2 million. 3D screens accounted for 65% of the tally.
"Titans" opened at No. 1 in Russia ($12.4 million), France ($7.6 million) and Germany ($6.4 million), while a first-place Korea holdover produced $4 million. Openings in Italy and Mexico are on tap this week.
"Date Night" rolled out in 35 markets simultaneous with the marital action comedy's No. 1 domestic opening. The foreign take for the Steve Carell-Tina Fey vehicle was $7.1 million, with Australia providing $2 million.
In second place overall was "How to Train Your Dragon," which drew $23.7 million from 55 markets, with nearly 70% of the gross emanating from 3D locations. Its total stands at $148.1 million. "Dragon's" only opening market was Poland, where weekend action ($790,000) was dampened by the Saturday air crash that killed the Polish president and dozens of political and military leaders.
"Alice in Wonderland" was No. 3 with $19 million from 51 territories in its sixth weekend. Director Tim Burton's 3D re-imagining of the Lewis Carroll classic has grossed $461.5 million so far overseas. Openings this week are due in Spain and Japan.
Another family-oriented title, "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," starring Emma Thompson as an amiable governess with magical powers, was No. 4 with $7.4 million. Its total stands at $34.6 million from 13 territories, the biggest of which remains the U.K. where the film's 17-day market tally is $18.1 million.
The No. 5 spot went to "Shutter Island," director Martin Scorsese's drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which generated $7.3 million. Its foreign total stands at $143.9 million.
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