Around-the-World Roundup: 'Battle: LA' Stays Ahead of 'Rango'
by Ray Subers
Battle: Los Angeles
March 29, 2011
In a close contest at the foreign box office, Battle: Los Angeles pulled off another first place finish ahead of Rango. Further down the chart, Sucker Punch fared worse overseas than it did domestically.
Battle: Los Angeles added $16.3 million from 55 territories for a total of $79.6 million. Holdover markets were led by China with $7.4 million and Australia and South Korea with $1.1 million each and were down an average of 46 percent. The alien invasion movie's worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total is now north of $152 million, and it still has a long way to go to match District 9's $210.8 million total.
Rango grossed $16.1 million in 54 countries for a foreign total of $95.2 million. It was buoyed by a $4.1 million first place opening in France, which was a bit behind last March's How to Train Your Dragon but still solid in its own right. Holdover territories dipped an average of 39 percent and accounted for three quarters of the weekend gross, led by Russia ($3.3 million), Australia ($1.6 million) and the United Kingdom ($1 million). The Johnny Depp-Gore Verbinski animated Western has now passed $202 million worldwide.
Adam Sandler continued to show relatively strong earning potential overseas: Just Go With It scored another $9 million this weekend to bring its total to $62.7 million. It debuted to $4.4 million in Russia, which topped Bedtime Stories and Grown Ups to become Sandler's highest-grossing opening ever in that country. While its worldwide total of $163 million isn't in the comedian's Top Ten, Just Go With It still has many new territories to look forward to and should close above $200 million.
Gnomeo and Juliet added an estimated $8.2 million over the weekend thanks to first place openings in Germany ($1.9 million) and Mexico ($1.3 million). It also held extremely well in Spain, where it was up seven percent to $1.9 million. The animated movie's foreign total is now at $70.2 million for a worldwide tally of $166.2 million.
Limitless rounded out the Top Five, earning an estimated $6.6 million from 13 markets for a two-week total of $14.3 million. Over half of its tally came from a solid $3.4 million first place start in the U.K.
Despite opening on 2,175 screens in 23 markets, Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch generated a paltry $6.5 million. It couldn't even crack the $1 million mark in Spain, Italy, Mexico or Brazil, all of which are major international territories where effects-heavy movies like Sucker Punch usually fare well. It did have solid debuts in smaller Asian markets, claiming first place in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan and second place in Thailand and the Philippines. This suggested that it will eventually put up better numbers in bigger Asian countries like Japan, China and South Korea, though that's far from guaranteed. For now, Sucker Punch will look to turn things around when it opens in France, Russia and the U.K. this weekend.
The King's Speech retreated 46 percent to $6 million for an overseas total of $238.3 million. It finally gave up the top spot in Germany, dipping 28 percent to $1.2 million, though it ticked up to first place in South Korea with $1.2 million. The Oscar-winning period drama's worldwide total reached a mighty $373 million.