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Foreign Box Office: ‘The Croods’ Opens at No.1 With $63.3 million

Disney’s "Oz the Great and Powerful" nabbed $21.7 million in its third round in 55 territories; Warner Bros.’ "Jack the Giant Slayer" collected $19.3 million from some 7,300 locations in 47 markets.

20th Century Fox’s first release of a DreamWorks Animation title, , a 3D computer animation family film, opened substantially if not spectacularly on the foreign theatrical circuit, grossing $63.3 million at 11,870 venues in 47 markets covering 86 countries.

The adventure comedy about a pre-historic family embarking on a road trip scored the second highest offshore opening launch of 2013, bested by the foreign opening Disney’s, which drew $69.9 million a fortnight ago. Nonetheless, racked up powerful numbers in its seven largest markets, and scored No. 1 debuts in a total of 44 territories.

BOX OFFICE REPORT: ‘Croods’ Opens to Solid $44.7 Million; ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Nabs $30.5 Million

Tops was Russia which provided a mighty $12.9 million including previews at 2,166 sites. Mexico threw off $9.5 million at 1,911 locations while the No. 1 bow in the U.K. generated $8.3 million at 1,100 spots.

Germany also provided a No. 1 perch with $4.3 million including previews elicited from 986 locations. Brazil came in with $4.2 million at 674 spots. Spain tendered $3.4 million from 695 locations while Italy came up with $3.3 million at 788 sites.

Fox predicted that with school holidays looming this week in many foreign markets, "we are anticipating a long and successful international run" for , the first DWA film to be distributed by Fox since the producer wound up its former arrangement with Paramount with 2012’s .

Croods opens in 19 territories this week including Australia, Belgium and Holland.

Taking the weekend’s No. 2 spot was , director Sam Raimi’s special-effects-intensive fantasy based on L. Frank Baum’s novel, which collected $21.7 million in its third round in 55 territories. Foreign cume stands at $178.8 million; $356.4 million worldwide.

Showing some much-needed bounce on the foreign circuit was Warner Bros.’ , director Bryan Singer’s 3D interpretation of the Jack and the Beanstalk fable, which grossed $19.3 million from some 7,300 locations in 47 markets, raising the film’s offshore cume to $60.5 million.

ranks No. 3 on the weekend. A Russia opening drew $6.8 million from 1,325 screens, enough for a No. 2 market ranking. A No. 2 U.K. debut produced $2.3 million at 831 locations.

Fox’s continues to collect solid returns in China (ranking No. 2 in the market with $4.2 million drawn from 2,300 screens for a cume of $26 million), propelling the total weekend take to $10.5 million generated at a total of 5,514 locations in 38 territories. Overseas gross total now is $220.2 million.

Opening in five territories was Universal’s comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, which grossed $4.7 million at 1,600 playdates in a total of 23 territories. With 30 more markets still to play, the film’s overseas total stands at just $8.2 million.

FOREIGN BOX OFFICE: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Stays No. 1 With $46.6 Million

Paramount and other distributors’ drew $3.5 million on the weekend at 2,030 locations in 35 territories, lifting the films gross total overseas to $156.8 million. Sony’s has crossed the $250-million offshore gross mark ($251 million) after a $3.2 million weekend at 2,115 sites in 52 markets.

, Universal’s horror title starring Jessica Chastain, premiered in seven new markets including Italy ($1 million at 226 sites), and grossed a total of $3.1 million at 2,100 playdates in 35 territories, lifting its foreign cume to $51.8 million.

Other international cumes: Fox’s , $81 million; Universal’s , $284.3 million; Pathe’s , $7.1 million over two rounds in France only; Universal’s , $52.4 million; Universal’s, $18.5 million; and Universal’s , $329.6 million.

Opening this week: Paramount’sin 53 markets including Australia, Brazil, the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Russia and Spain.

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