Battleship earned $60 million this weekend to bring its foreign total to $131.1 million. It opened in second in China behind Titanic 3D with $17.7 million, which is Universal's biggest opening ever there (twice as high as their previous best, Fast Five). It was also noticeably up from star Taylor Kitsch's other recent sci-fi effort John Carter. The same couldn't be said for Russia—the movie did have an outstanding $11.2 million start there, but it wasn't quite on par with John Carter. Outside of these new markets, Battleship held on to the top spot in South Korea ($3.5 million), Germany ($2.2 million) and the U.K. ($2.05 million), among many smaller territories. Battleship is currently scheduled to open on May 18 in the U.S.
Titanic 3D added $33.6 million for an impressive total of $225.3 million. Most of that came in China, where the movie took first place with $24.6 million for the five-day weekend. It's now made $105.2 million there through less than two weeks in theaters. Including Monday's grosses, the re-release's worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total has reached $286.3 million.
The Hunger Games continued its solid foreign run with $14.5 million this weekend. It got a boost from a healthy $3.97 million first place debut in Spain. With $217 million in the bank so far, the sci-fi adaptation expands in to Italy next weekend.
Coinciding with its domestic debut, The Lucky One opened to $3.7 million in nine overseas markets this weekend. Its biggest territory was Australia, where the movie had a strong $2.6 million first place opening.
Woody Allen's latest movie To Rome with Love took first place in Italy this weekend with $3.7 million. That's up from last year's Midnight in Paris ($2.9 million), though that's to be expected given the helpful change in setting. The movie is scheduled to open in limited release in the U.S. on June 22.
A week after it got off to a weak $6.2 million start in the U.S., Lockout opened in a handful of foreign markets and earned at least $3.4 million. It played well in France (producer Luc Besson's native country), where it took third place with just shy of $2 million. It wasn't so lucky in the U.K., though, where it opened in seventh with under $1 million.
The foreign box office should get a huge boost this weekend when The Avengers opens in most overseas markets. Stay tuned for extensive coverage on Sunday afternoon.
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date (in millions)
American Reunion - $10.1 - $56.7
Wrath of the Titans - $8.8 - $202
Mirror Mirror - $8.2 - $76.5
The Pirates! - $7.9 - $56
The Lorax - $5.4 - $83.9
The Intouchables - $4.1 - $328.5
Cabin in the Woods - $3.4 - $9.1
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $3.1 - $66.2
This Means War - $2.3 - $91.1
We Bought a Zoo - $2.3 - $34.7
Chronicle - $1.5 - $58.8
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