Around-the-World Roundup: 'Clash of the Titans' Wins Second Battle

by Brandon Gray
Clash of the Titans

April 13, 2010

Though it fell hard and barely led domestically, Clash of the Titans swept into more countries and took a commanding lead over the foreign box office weekend ending April 11, while How to Train Your Dragon and Alice in Wonderland repeated in second and third place, respectively.

Broadening by 19 markets and ranking first in all of them, Clash of the Titans raked in $53.6 million on over 7,000 screens in 34 territories, increasing its total to $118.7 million. Its 2,610 3D screens accounted for 64 percent of the weekend gross. Distributor Warner Bros. noted that, from the same markets on like-to-like weekends, 300 made $42.7 million and Troy $46.1 million.

Clash of the Titans certainly out-grossed 300's debuts in Russia and France. In Russia, Clash claimed $11.8 million on 919 screens, more than doubling 300, while, in France, it nabbed $7.4 million on 615 screens, compared to 300's $5.9 million. In Germany, though, Clash opened to a bit less business than 300 with $6.3 million on 672 screens. Among holdovers, Clash tumbled 56 percent in the United Kingdom, 59 percent in Spain and 44 percent in Korea, but retained the top spot in each. Clash invades Italy and Mexico this weekend.

How to Train Your Dragon drew $26.3 million on 7,202 screens in 53 countries, and close to 70 percent of its weekend came from 3,357 3D showings. Adding only one modest market (Poland), the animated adventure descended 35 percent but shot past the $150 million mark. It was No. 1 in 14 countries, including Mexico, Portugal and Australia, where it regained the top spot from Clash of the Titans.

Alice in Wonderland retreated 46 percent to $18.3 million on 6,687 screens in 51 markets. Nearly 65 percent of its weekend was from 3D showings, and the format accounts for 72 percent of its $464.3 million total. Already Walt Disney Pictures' fourth highest-grossing picture internationally, Alice has openings in Spain and Japan to look forward to this weekend.

Far below the Top Three, four movies were scrunched up in the $6-7 million range. Down 20 percent in fourth place, The Bounty Hunter pulled in $7.3 million on 2,568 screens in 43 markets, lifting its total to $42.3 million. The romantic action-comedy's weekend included openings in two key markets, Spain and Italy. In Spain, it ranked second with $1.6 million, which was much less than The Ugly Truth's $2.7 million last year, and it was soft in Italy, landing in fifth with around $850,000, also lower than Ugly Truth.

Date Night debuted in 34 markets, most of which on the small side, and grossed $7 million on 1,616 screens. Among its sizable markets, Australia contributed the most with a third-place $1.9 million. The comedy also had decent, second-place showings in Brazil ($1.1 million) and Mexico ($878,682). This weekend, it strikes Germany, Russia and Sweden, followed by the U.K. on April 23.

Shutter Island also scored around $7 million, growing its total to nearly $144 million. A $3 million opening in Japan was the thriller's weekend highlight, which was a personal best for director Martin Scorsese. Nanny McPhee 2, which is known as Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang overseas, bagged $6.4 million on 2,124 screens in 12 markets, building its total to $32 million.

Meanwhile, Kick-Ass dropped 36 percent in the U.K. to $1.8 million ($10.7 million total). The superhero comedy added four countries, including Australia, where it ranked fifth with $1.5 million. Its overall weekend was $3.8 million for a total of $12.9 million.

The biggest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar, continued to cool off. Down 44 percent, it garnered $3.1 million on 1,127 screens in 25 markets, but still effectively tied The Blind Side for tenth place. A third of Avatar's weekend gross came from Japan, where it ranked fourth, and its overall total is $1.964 billion.

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