"Potter" tops overseas box office for 3rd weekend

Sun Dec 5, 2010 9:56pm EST
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By Frank Segers

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" claimed the No. 1 spot at overseas box offices for the third straight weekend with $54.4 million to stay ahead of animated movie "Tangled."

"Deathly Hallows" dropped about 52 percent from the prior weekend, and the total ticket sales overseas for the seventh title in the "Potter" franchise now stand at $469.1 million.

Disney Animation's "Tangled," the No. 1 title in the United States and Canada this weekend, saw a weekend gross of $26 million from theaters in about 35 percent of the international market. So far, the 3D retelling of the classic Rapunzel tale has grossed $45.8 million over two weekends frames at foreign box offices.

Landing at No. 3 was DreamWorks Animation's "Megamind," which opened in 17 territories covering much of Europe and Latin America, and generated $16 million overall.

Fourth was "Due Date," taking in $6.4 million in 54 markets and pushing its overseas gross to $82.6 million. Rounding out the top five was runaway train movie "Unstoppable" with $4.2 million in 52 markets. Its foreign gross is $51.1 million.

Year-to-date, Hollywood's major studios have substantially enlarged their new overseas box office record, which was notched last month.

According to studio figures, the six majors -- 20th Century Fox, Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony and Universal -- collectively grossed $11.5 billion offshore in the January-November period, beating their previous foreign box office record of $10.7 billion set in calendar year 2009.

With Disney's "Tron: Legacy," among other titles, still to be released overseas in 2010, the full year's foreign box office record will only rise. (For the month of November, Paramount claimed the biggest gross of the big six with $117.5 million.   Continued...