Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Horse Race Abroad

It's still Robin Hood riding through foreign glens, but not by much:

... Dropping 60% from its opening launch, "Robin Hood" fought its way to $30 million in its second round on the foreign circuit, playing 7,157 sites in 58 markets. So far, director Ridley Scott's re-imagining of the Crusades-era outlaw costarring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett has grossed a total of $125 million overseas. ...

Meantime, the ogre rolled out in selected markets:

... Paramount premiered DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" in 3D in just nine overseas territories, collecting $26 million from 1,236 venues and finishing No. 2 on the weekend.

The fourth and presumably final installment of the "Shrek" franchise -- which has grossed $1.166 billion overseas to date -- opened massively in Russia where the weekend provided a whopping $20 million from 700 locations. Paramount says that is the biggest opening gross ever for any film playing the market. Strong weekends were also recorded in the Ukraine, the Philippines and Singapore.

And the dragon hasn't finished yet:

... A solid first place finish in Korea ($7 million from 553 locations) propelled DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon" to a $10.5 million weekend at 4,766 situations in 62 territories. Cume for the 3D animation handled overseas by Paramount is $235 million. It ranks No. 5 on the weekend ...

Lastly, Mr. Burton's Alice continues to move at an energetiv trot:

... [T]he Lewis Carroll classic drew $7.9 million over its 12th weekend overseas from 3,071 screens in 32 markets. It remains No. 1 in Japan in its sixth round there with a $3.7 million tally from 858 sites and a huge market cume of $107.9 million.


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