Over three months after its initial release, Despicable Me finally took the top spot at the foreign box office this weekend. Last weekend's champ, Eat Pray Love, slowed a bit, while The Social Network had a decent showing in its first major international outing.
Despicable Me was up 52 percent to $27 million at 4,751 theaters in 40 territories. It opened in first place in the United Kingdom ($5.85 million) and the Netherlands ($1 million), and had a strong second place start in Italy ($4.98 million). Its overseas total grew to $170.2 million, and it has pushed past the $400 million mark worldwide (domestic plus foreign).
With its biggest launch of the weekend coming from Indonesia ($694,113), Eat Pray Love dipped 26 percent to $13.5 million from 68 territories. Since opening in August, the Julia Roberts drama has earned $86.8 million overseas for a worldwide total in excess of $167 million.
The Social Network expanded to earn $13 million on 1,767 screens in 18 territories, which was solid but perhaps not quite on par with Facebook's global status. It opened in second place in the U.K. ($4 million), France ($3.5 million) and Spain ($1.8 million). In two weeks, the David Fincher-Aaron Sorkin drama has earned $17.5 million.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole added an estimated $9.5 million from 46 markets to bring its overseas total to $41.6 million. Its only major debut was a weak $1.1 million in Germany. The Owls are set to reach audiences in the U.K. and Spain this weekend.
Tropa de Elite 2 - O Inimigo Agora E Outro (Elite Squad 2) eased just eight percent to $7.25 million in its second weekend in its native Brazil. With a $23.6 million ten-day total, it's already more than doubled its predecessor's $11.4 million.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps sold $7.2 million worth of tickets in 60 territories, which included a $2.24 million start in China. The Oliver Stone-directed sequel has made $49 million overseas thus far. Distributor 20th Century Fox also announced that their international division has made over $2.5 billion this year, passing their previous best $2.45 billion total from last year. Over half of these earnings came from Avatar, while other movies like Knight & Day ($171.3 million) Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief ($137.7 million) and The A-Team ($99.5 million) provided decent support.
Luc Besson's Arthur et la guerre des deux mondes, the third movie in his Arthur series, debuted to $6.4 million in three territories, $6.3 million of which came from its first place opening in France. This was way off from previous entries Arthur and the Invisibles ($11.1 million) and Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard ($10.8 million), indicating that French audiences may be growing tired of the series.
The Town claimed another $6 million thanks in part to a $2 million opening in Australia. Its $26.6 million foreign total pushed its worldwide figure past the $100 million mark.