With a few major openings, Sucker Punch finished ahead of Just Go With It and Battle: Los Angeles on one of the slowest weekends in recent memory at the foreign box office. Among the new releases, Hop didn't translate that well, while Source Code's solid launches in the United Kingdom and Russia suggested some overseas potential for the sci-fi thriller.
Sucker Punch earned $11.5 million from 4,345 screens in 39 markets. It debuted in first place in Germany with $1.6 million and second place in France with $2.4 million, both of which were decent though not spectacular starts. It was less of an attraction in Russia and the U.K., though, finishing in fourth place in both territories with $2 million and $1.3 million, respectively. The Zack Snyder-directed action movie has now made $20.3 million overseas and is set to expand to Australia and South Korea this coming weekend.
Just Go With It added $10.9 million to bring its foreign total to $76.3 million. It opened in first in Australia with $2.44 million, which was down a bit from star Adam Sandler's Grown Ups. The movie's top territory was once again Russia, where it eased 34 percent to $2.9 million. Just Go With It has now made $180 million worldwide (domestic plus foreign) and will move in to Sandler's Top Ten next weekend.
Estimates had Battle: Los Angeles taking first place this weekend, but it dropped from $14.7 million to $10.4 million when official figures from China arrived. After holding well in its second weekend there, the movie plummeted 63 percent to $2.7 million in its third outing. Its best debut this weekend came in Spain, where it finished in first place with $2.7 million. Battle: Los Angeles has so far made $96.1 million overseas and should cross the $100 million mark before the end of the week.
Rango grossed $8.6 million from 54 territories to bring its foreign total to $107.7 million. The chameleon held on to the top spot in France, falling 36 percent to $2.7 million. It also added $1.1 million in both Australia and Russia, and its worldwide total reached a solid $222 million.
While Hop managed to open at the same level as Rango domestically, it didn't fare nearly as well overseas: the Illumination Entertainment movie opened to a meager $6.7 million in 26 territories. It had a solid $2.25 million first place start in the U.K., though that was way off from Despicable Me's $5.9 million opening in October. Things were much worse in Germany and Italy, where the movie debuted to $857,000 and $651,000, respectively. Hop expands to Australia and Portugal this coming weekend and will have reached the rest of Europe by Easter weekend (April 22).
Source Code opened to $5.7 million from eight territories, including second place debuts in Russia ($2.6 million) and the U.K. ($2.1 million). It also had a strong first place finish in Taiwan, grossing north of $600,000. The movie is set to expand to at least 13 more regions this weekend including Brazil and Turkey.
Limitless added an estimated $5.6 million for a total of $23 million. It was off 42 percent to $1.9 million in the U.K., and added another $1 million in Australia. Gnomeo and Juliet also continued its solid foreign run, grossing approximately $5.4 million to bring its total to $78 million.
The international doldrums are poised to come to an end this weekend: 20th Century Fox is set to open Blue Sky Animation's Rio in at least 45 territories, including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the U.K. Blue Sky's last movie, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, holds the record for highest-grossing animated movie ever overseas and made a whopping $340 million from the eight countries mentioned above.