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Foreign Box Office: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Stays No. 1 With $46.6 Million

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Disney’s dominated an otherwise sluggish session on the foreign theatrical circuit, handily taking the top weekend spot overseas with a $46.6 million gross and lifting its offshore cume to $136.8 million.

A No. 1 China premier for 20th Century Fox’s, the fifth installment of the action franchise starring Bruce Willis, drew a mighty $15.7 million at 5,009 venues, elevating the total weekend take to $20.4 million at 9,273 sites in 50 markets. Foreign gross total flew past the $200-million mark ($201.3 million) with an Australia opening due this week.

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Opening in Australia and the U.K. day-and-date with its U.S. and Canada bow was Warner Bros.’ comedy , costarring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey. The debut in Australia at 210 sites drew an estimated $1 million, enough for a No. 2 ranking. In the U.K., the comedy premiered in the No. 8 spot with an estimated $550,000 drawn from 388 sites.

, the prequel of sorts to 1939’s – which dropped a third from its opening weekend gross offshore – opened No. 1 in France and Taiwan and stole in its second weekend the top Germany spot from .

The special-effects-laden adventure-fantasy directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco as the title character claimed first place in Australia in its second weekend there. It took No. 1 in the U.K. in its second round in that market and was the top-grossing foreign title in South Korea, finishing No. 6.

Warner Bros.’ , director Bryan Singer’s 3D interpretation of the Jack and the Beanstalk fable — which up until now has been sequestered at 10 Asian markets — expanded its footprint for a weekend tally of $10.3 million at some 4,000 sites in 25 markets. International cume stands at $35.2 million.

logged a strong Mexico debut, tallying $3.6 million at 1,604 locations, sufficient for a No. 1 ranking in the territory. The film opens this week in Russia, Australia, U.K. and Japan.

Meanwhile, , distributed offshore in most markets by Paramount, slid past the $150-million foreign gross mark ($151.2 million) accumulated over nine-weeks on the overseas circuit. The film’s weekend total was $6.2 million drawn from 42 markets. It’s final major market opening is Italy on May 1.

Opening in Australia on a limited, 42-venue break was , Universal’s horror title starring Jessica Chastain, which grossed $125,000 and finished No. 14 in the market. Its weekend over all generated $3.8 million at 2,100 playdates in 30 territories for a foreign cume of $47.1 million. Universal will open the picture in 21 markets over the next few months.

Premiering No. 2 in France (after ) was Pathe’s release of , a horseracing saga written by and starring local heart throb Guillaume Canet. Described as a French , the film opened at some 570 situations and drew an estimated $3.3 million.

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Oscar-related titles pushed on overseas. Universal’s drew $3.1 million at 5,400 sites in 40 markets, hoisting its foreign cume to $281.2 million and its worldwide total to $429.7 million. Sony’s has grossed a total of $246.2 million (of which nearly $84 million comes from Germany and France) after a $3 million weekend playing in 54 markets. It opens in Korea this week.

Fox’s is on the cusp of the $80 million foreign gross mark ($79.7 million) after a $1.2 million weekend at 1,493 spots in 32 markets. Overseas cume for is approaching a half-billion dollars ($482.6 million).

Other international cumes: Warner’s , $711.5 million; Paramount and other distrib’s , $68 million over 20 round overseas; Universal’s , $16.8 million; EuropaCorp’s 20 , $5.2 million over two stanzas in France only; Universal’s , $50.1 million; Studio Canal’s , $12.5 million over three rounds in France only; Universal’s, $3.2 million; and Universal’s , $328.6 million.


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