March 28, 2010 / 10:25 PM / 8 years ago

"Wonderland" No. 1 destination at overseas theaters

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Director Tim Burton’s 3D version of “Alice in Wonderland” — one of only two films to occupy the top spot at the overseas box office during the first three months of the year — has closed the quarter with its fourth straight No. 1 finish.

Director Tim Burton poses for photographers as he arrives for the Royal World Premiere of "Alice In Wonderland" at Leicester Square in London February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Jas Lehal

The Disney release drew $46 million during the weekend from 7,170 screens in 51 markets for an offshore total of $363 million. Its worldwide gross stands at $656.1 million.

Earlier in the quarter, overseas hunger for spectacle in 3D propelled 20th Century Fox’s “Avatar” to the top spot for eight consecutive weeks, through February 28.

By comparison, at the end of March 2009, eight films ranging from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” to Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” had taken turns in the lofty No. 1 slot overseas.

During the past weekend, “Alice” was challenged by Paramount’s release of DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon,” which drew $31 million from 5,594 locations in 35 markets.

The overseas gross for the 3D animation about a lonely Viking teenager who befriends a giant dragon stands at $42 million. The worldwide tally is $85.3 million. “Dragon” opened at No. 1 domestically, and finished in the No. 2 spot behind “Alice” on the foreign circuit.

The biggest boost for “Alice” were openings in France (generating $14.9 million from 746 screens) and in China ($5.1 million from 450 locations). “Dragon,” which opened at No. 1 in Brazil, Mexico and Spain, did best in its second weekend in Russia ($6.4 million for a market total of $16.7 million).

For its part, “Avatar” drew another $7.6 million during the weekend from 2,600 situations in 63 markets, pushing its overseas gross to an unprecedented $1.95 billion. Director James Cameron’s blockbuster ranks No. 4 for the weekend, behind the No. 3 title, director Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” which grossed $10 million from 46 territories handled by Paramount and other distributors. The period drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio has grossed $125.6 million overseas to date.

No. 5 was Warner Bros.’ “The Blind Side,” starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, which opened at No. 3 in the U.K. ($2 million from 369 sites) for a total of $6.7 million during the weekend from 9,600 screens in 28 markets. Its foreign gross to date stands at $22.4 million.

Director Andy Tennant’s “The Bounty Hunter,” Sony’s romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, laughed all the way to $6.1 million from 1,705 screens in 31 markets. Total overseas take after 10 days on the foreign circuit is $16.8 million.

Opening at No. 1 in Korea was “Green Zone,” which grossed $2 million in the market from 276 situations. Overall for the weekend, Universal’s Iraq War drama starring Matt Damon tallied $6 million from 2,100 sites in 27 territories for an international total of $28.8 million.

Summit International’s “Remember Me,” a romantic melodrama starring Robert Pattinson, drew an estimated $4 million from 1,944 screens in 29 markets. Its foreign gross stands at $9.9 million.

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