"Little Fockers" leads chilly foreign box office

Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:47am EST
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By Frank Segers

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - New North American box office champ "Little Fockers" narrowly led the international field during the weekend as Mother Nature hit sales across Europe, which accounts for about half the foreign box office.

"Little Fockers" opened to an estimated $27 million from 37 countries. The biggest market was the U.K., where the third film in the "Meet the Parents" franchise grabbed the top spot with $7.3 million. "Little Fockers" also finished No. 1 in Spain ($3.3 million), No. 3 in France ($3 million) and No. 2 in Germany ($2 million).

"Tron: Legacy" held at No. 2 with $26.6 million from 34 territories, boosting its box office total to $65.5 million after two rounds. The sci-fi sequel added eight markets, with Russia throwing off the biggest opening tally ($7.8 million).

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which had been the top title overseas for two weekends, fell to No. 3 with $25.5 million from 66 markets. The foreign total stands at $168.6 million, more than two-and-a-half times the film's domestic tally.

"Gulliver's Travels," starring Jack Black in a digital 3D adaptation of the Jonathan Swift classic, opened to $12.4 million from 15 territories, taking the No. 4 spot. It was No. 1 in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Colombia, and No. 3 in Mexico ($2.8 million) and Spain ($2.3 million).

The weekend's No. 5 title -- pending weekend foreign results of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I," which Warners said won't be reported until Monday -- was "Megamind," which rose to $109 million after an $11.6 million weekend.

Further down the list, "Yogi Bear" got off to an inauspicious start on the foreign circuit by pulling in just $1.2 million from five territories. Warner Bros. blamed the weather.

<p>Cast members (L-R) Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Dustin Hoffman arrive at the premiere of the movie "Little Fockers" in New York December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>