"Battle: Los Angeles" still top film overseas

Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:37pm EDT
 
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By Frank Segers

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Battle: Los Angeles" led the foreign box office for a second weekend on Sunday, bolstered by robust business in China.

The special-effects extravaganza about U.S. Marines fending off an alien invasion drew almost half its total weekend overseas take -- $16.2 million from 55 territories -- from its No. 1 perch in China, where it earned $7.4 million.

Also, "Battle" opened at No. 1 in Venezuela, New Zealand and Vietnam. The film has tallied $79.5 million since opening overseas on March 9, with China accounting for $24 million.

The Johnny Depp cartoon "Rango" was second overall with $15.5 million, also from 55 markets. A No. 1 opening in France, where the popular actor lives, brought in $3.3 million. Its foreign total stands at $94 million.

"Just Go With It," co-starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, followed with $9.1 million from 37 markets. The comedy opened at No. 1 in Russia ($4.7 million). The foreign tally rose to $62.8 million.

Debuting at No. 4 with a so-so $7.4 million from 23 markets was Zack Snyder's action-fantasy-thriller "Sucker Punch," which also debuted at No. 2 in North America. Top foreign territory was Italy ($940,000).

The Matt Damon romance-thriller "The Adjustment Bureau" claimed the No. 5 spot with $5.6 million in 44 markets. A No. 2 opening in France chipped in $2 million. The overseas haul stands at $39.7 million.

While conditions in Japan are improving, the situation is still perilous for distributors of international titles. The premieres of disaster or horror films such as James Cameron's "Sanctum," the Chinese import "Aftershock," Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," the Anthony Hopkins vehicle "The Rite," and "Battle: Los Angeles" have been postponed.

According to reports from the territory, about 40 to 50 theaters in northern Japan and in the Tokyo metropolitan area were closed on the weekend. Estimates have the Japan market -- the world's largest outside the U.S. and Canada -- to currently be at 75% to 80% of capacity.

Top titles in Japan included "Tangled" ($2.8 million), "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" ($1.4 million) and "The Tourist" ($1.3 million).