Around-the-World Roundup: 'Clash,' 'Dragons' Dominate Easter Weekend

by Ray Subers
Liam Neeson as Zeus in Clash of the Titans

April 7, 2010

Easter Weekend was dominated by 3D spectacles as Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon and Alice in Wonderland all drew big crowds.

Clash of the Titans finished in first place overseas, opening to $45 million at 4,270 locations in 15 territories. This included first place showings in the United Kingdom ($8.6 million), Spain ($8.5 million), South Korea ($6.8 million) and Australia ($5.8 million). According to Warner Bros., 3D accounted for approximately 54 percent of Clash's overseas opening. Clash's $45 million tops 300's take through its first two weekends ($25.2 million), though 300 was slower to enter large markets like the U.K., Spain and Australia (300 ultimately closed with $245.5 million overseas). Clash opens in France, Germany and Russia this weekend, followed by Italy, Mexico and Japan next weekend.

How to Train Your Dragon added 16 new territories for a total of 45, and its weekend tally was subsequently up 32 percent to $40.3 million. After three weekends in theaters (two in a substantial number of territories), Dragon has grossed $106.4 million overseas. In comparison, Monsters Vs. Aliens had only made $46.9 million through the same point, ultimately ending with $183.2 million.

By far the highest-grossing 2010 release overseas, Alice in Wonderland was off 35 percent in its fifth weekend, banking $33.6 million on 7,640 screens in 51 markets. 3D sales represented $28.1 million (85 percent) of its weekend take. Overall, Alice has grossed $437.3 million overseas (75 percent of which in 3D), and it is on its way to passing The Lion King sometime this week to become the fourth highest-grossing Disney movie ever overseas, behind the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels and Finding Nemo.

In its second weekend in release, Nanny McPhee 2 (or Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, as it's known overseas) came in fourth place, grossing $9.2 million at 2,002 locations in 11 territories. Its total now sits at $16.3 million, with around two-thirds of that coming from the U.K. ($10.9 million). Nanny McPhee 2 is scheduled for domestic release on Aug. 20.

The Bounty Hunter rounded out the top five, up 24 percent to $7.7 million on 1,987 screens in 41 territories (it had 29 last week). After three weekends, the Jennifer Aniston-Gerard Butler romantic comedy/action hybrid has scored $28.3 million overseas.

Meanwhile, Kick Ass debuted in the U.K. to $5.9 million on 521 screens. It launches domestically on April 16. Avatar continued its historic run, banking $5.5 million on 1,712 screens in 37 territories, bringing its record-breaking total to $1.96 billion. Finally, Sony opened Brazilian co-production Chico Xavier to $3.5 million on 340 screens in Brazil, marking the biggest opening ever there for a locally-produced movie.

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