'Ugly Truth' tops overseas boxoffice

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Article Date: October 4, 2009 | Publication: The Hollywood Reporter | Author: Frank Segers
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Sparked by solid openings in eight territories, Sony's "The Ugly Truth" took the No. 1 spot on the international circuit this weekend, grossing $12.1 million from 2,385 screens in 54 markets and hoisting its overseas total thus far to $70.8 million.

The biggest of the fresh territories for the romantic comedy co-starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler was Germany, where the first-place weekend tally was reported by Sony as $5.4 million from 507 sites. An Austria opening produced another No. 1 ranking with $820,000 from 88 screens. "Truth" also finished first in German-speaking Switzerland, Taiwan, Hungary and Vietnam.

By exploiting a traditionally soft release period on the foreign circuit, Disney nearly dominated weekend action for the second consecutive round with four titles generating nearly $30 million, including No. 2-ranked "Surrogates," which grossed $11.4 million from 2,251 screens in 25 territories.

The sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis finished first in eight of the markets it played, with fresh territories contributing $5 million to the weekend total. It remained No. 1 in Russia for the second straight weekend ($2.2 million from 625 sites for a cume of $8.9 million), was the top-ranked U.S. title in Korea ($2.5 million from 250 sites) and opened in first place in Mexico ($851,000 from 325 spots).

"Surrogates' " international cume stands at $28.4 million, with the worldwide tally at $54.8 million.

Pixar/Disney's "Up," which had been the foreign circuit's No. 1 title for the prior two weekends, finished a close No. 3 this round, with $10.6 million generated from 3,579 locations in 27 territories, pushing its overseas cume to $231 million.

The animation title concluded a fifth straight weekend as the No. 1 film in Australia, and set a record for a Pixar title in Denmark by grossing $1 million from just 90 locations. Openings in the Benelux, Finland and the U.K. are up this coming weekend.

Fourth on the weekend with a gross of $8.6 million from 2,984 locations in 45 markets was the Weinstein Co./Universal's "Inglourious Basterds." The Quentin Tarantino World War II drama opened strongly in Italy with $3 million drawn from 337 screens. International cume now stands at $141.5 million with a worldwide tally so far of $258.5 million.

Finishing No. 5 was "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," Sony's animation title about food falling from the sky, which cooked up $7.1 million from 1,920 locations in 31 markets, pushing its overseas cume to $21.9 million. Openings in a half dozen markets were highlighted by No. 1 bows in Colombia, Brazil and Peru.

Notable on the weekend was the stellar performance of the French-language title "Le Petit Nicolas" (Little Nicolas), which dominated in its France opener with an estimated $6.7 million drawn from 520 screens. The Wild Bunch Distribution release directed by Laurent Tirard is a live-action film based on the popular children's book set in the 1950's and created by Rene Goscinny with illustrations by Sempe.

Universal opened the Ricky Gervais comedy "The Invention of Lying" in the U.K. and Ireland for $2.9 million from 367 screens, sufficient for a firm No. 2 spot in the U.K. Finishing first in the U.K. for the second straight weekend was Lakeshore Ent./MGM's musical update "Fame," which tallied an estimated $4.5 million.

Disney's "G-Force" muscled its way passed the $100-million mark overseas ($100.7) on the back of a $5.3 million weekend at 2,221 sites in 36 markets. Sci-fi drama "District 9," being handled by Sony and other distribs, drew $4.9 million on the weekend and raised its cume to $65.4 million, of which $49.8 million was bagged in Sony territories.

"The Final Destination," being handled overseas by Warners and other distribs, registered $4.6 million from 2,318 screens in 42 markets, lifting its international total to $90.3 million. Sony's subway thriller "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" lifted its foreign take to $75.7 million thanks to a $3.3 million weekend at 2,050 screens in 41 markets.

Finishing as the top U.S. title in France for the second consecutive weekend was Disney's "The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock, which generated $2.4 million overall on the weekend from 1,206 locations in 34 markets. A No. 2 finish in France yielded $1.3 million from 323 sites.

In the Netherlands, Focus Features/Universal's "De Storm," a drama about a disastrous 1953 flood in the Dutch coastal provinces, finished No. 1 for the third straight weekend, and has realized a cume of nearly 3 million in the market and in Belgium so far.

No. 3 in France was "L'affaire farewell," a Cold War thriller from director Christian Carion, which drew an estimated $1.2 million in its second round at 457 screens. No. 6 was the hit comedy "Neuilly Sa Matre," which grabbed $750,000 from 430 sites for an eight-week cume of $19.7 million.

Other international cumes: Fox's "Jennifer's Body," $2.9 million (after $1.8 million on the weekend from 849 screens in eight territories); Universal's "Funny People," 15.8 million; Fox's "Aliens in the Attic," $29.3 million; Warner's "The Hangover," $184.3 million; Fox's "(500) Days of Summer," $11.4 million; and Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," $194.5 million.