Robin Hood hits bull's-eye at worldwide box office
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Robin Hood" took the lead at the worldwide box office in its first weekend of release, but the costly Russell Crowe saga failed to replace "Iron Man 2" as the top choice in North America, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.
Crowe's fifth collaboration with director Ridley Scott earned $111.1 million from 57 markets, led by a relatively modest $37.1 million in the United States and Canada, said Universal Pictures, a unit of General Electric Co.
"Iron Man 2" retained its crown in North America after earning $53 million in its second weekend. The superhero sequel, starring Robert Downey Jr., pulled in $84 million worldwide, taking its total to $457 million.
Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures distributed the film for Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios.
The North American tally for "Robin Hood" fell below industry forecasts of an opening in the $40 million to $45 million range.
But Universal distribution president Nikki Rocco said she had been forecasting a figure above $35 million. She said the studio was more focused on the global market than on a specific territory. She noted that the international component of $74 million was 15 percent higher than that of the recent action-adventure "Sherlock Holmes."
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The North American haul for "Robin Hood" was in the same range as the lifetime totals of Crowe's last two underperformers, "Body of Lies" ($37 million) and "State of Play" ($39 million). His last big movie, "American Gangster," opened to $43.6 million in 2007.
Scott also directed "Body of Lies" and "American Gangster," as well as the Crowe vehicles "Gladiator" and "A Good Year." Continued...