“The Bourne Ultimatum” stayed on target overseas, dominating the international B.O. with $13 million from 48 markets in a mild weekend.
But while Bourne and other action franchises continue to travel well abroad, Hollywood’s raunchy comedies aren’t translating nearly as well.
Sony’s “Superbad” expanded into six new markets over the weekend but finished fourth with a moderate $5.1 million from 1,060 screens. Early results indicate the pic won’t match its socko $116 million domestic perf.
R-rated comedies like “Superbad” and this summer’s earlier Judd Apatow-helmed “Knocked Up” remain a tricky sell in most foreign markets due to cultural differences.
Not surprisingly, such America-centric comedies fare best in English-speaking territories. “Superbad” did its top biz over the weekend in the U.K. with $2.2 million, off 24% in its second frame, and in Australia, where its $1.7 million opening battled the second weekend of “Hairspray” for first.
It didn’t fare nearly as well in non-English-speaking territories, opening in third place in Denmark and Sweden and eighth in Italy with $420,000 at 250 — less than one-tenth of the second weekend of “The Simpsons Movie.”
Similarly, while Apatow’s “Knocked Up” tallied $149 million domestically, its foreign take to date has totaled just $51.6 million, led by $15.7 million in the U.K. Pic took in $2 million at 1,231 in two dozen markets over the weekend, with 26 territories left to open.
Even PG-13-rated comedies haven’t found nearly as much traction abroad as they have domestically.
Universal’s “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” pulled in $119 million domestically, but so far the pic has totaled just $27.4 million overseas. It pulled in $5.5 million over the weekend from 1,778 screens in 30 markets. Again, it was the U.K. that led the pack as the pic posted a $2.2 million third-place launch in the U.K.
Expectations hadn’t been elevated for the laffer’s foreign performance as the only Adam Sandler pic to top $100 million overseas has been “Click.”
“Chuck and Larry” opens next weekend in Germany.
Action fans continue to drive “The Bourne Ultimatum” offshore: The three-quel, on 4,269 playdates, easily exceeded the combined grosses of the next two films — “The Simpsons” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” — led by its second South Korean frame with $2.6 million, down 25%, and its France soph sesh with $2.2 million, off 40%. German biz stayed solid with $1.7 million, off 31% in its third weekend.
The frame represented the fifth victory for “The Bourne Ultimatum” in the last six weekends overseas, hitting $144 million with 11 markets left including Italy and China. And it will wind up approaching the combined foreign takes of “The Bourne Identity” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” which totaled $204 million internationally.
“Ultimatum” has also kept up the year’s record-setting momentum compared with a year ago when “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” led with a relatively quiet $7.6 million.
“The Simpsons Movie” took in $6 million at 2,000 to boost its foreign cume to $332 million for 42nd place on the all-time list. Most of the fresh coin came from Italy, where Fox decided to wait until other tentpoles vanished, with second frame biz off 35% to $5.2 million.
Universal’s “Evan Almighty” continued to generate moderate foreign numbers with $2.4 million at 1,472 in three dozen markets, including a No. 3 opening in Oz with $1.3 million. “Evan” has generated a less-than-omnipotent $57 million overseas — $184 million short of the final foreign cume for “Bruce Almighty.”
Warner’s “No Reservations” cooked up $4.6 million at 592, led by a first-place Spanish launch of $1.5 million. The restaurant drama’s cumed nearly $31 million overseas and appears likely to match its $42 million domestic take.
“Ratatouille” led the rest of the pack with $4 million at 2,659 in 32 markets, lifting the international take to $214.5 million as Disney waits until next month to open in the U.K. and Germany. The Paris-set toon stayed stellar in its eighth French frame with $1.3 million for a $55.6 million total — top perf of any pic in France this year.
Par’s “Shrek the Third” padded its gross with $3 million at 1,364 for a socko cume of $463.4 million, only $15 million shy of matching “Shrek 2.”
Another summer franchise, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” chipped in with $2.2 million as it launched in Japan and lifted its foreign cume to $145.6 million.
Par’s “Disturbia” scared up $3 million at 1,774, mostly via modest launches in Germany and Spain as the teen thriller continued showing mild offshore traction with a $32 million cume — less than half its domestic take.
Universal’s “Atonement” remained a solid draw among Brits as the romancer battled Simon Pegg’s comedy “Run, Fat Boy, Run” with $2.4 million for first with both in their third frame. “Atonement,” which opens Dec. 7 in the U.S., has already grossed $13.4 million in the U.K.; it opened less impressively in Italy with $410,000 at 178.
Sony saw a solid launch materialize in Mexico from domestic leader “Resident Evil: Extinction” with a first-place $2.2 million in its only day-and-date launch.
Par’s “A Mighty Heart” continued to mirror its middling domestic perf with $1.7 million at 732 for a $2,322 per-location average. Top figure came from its France launch with $634,000 at 198, but its Brit opening was subdued with $284,000 at 157.
Studio’s “Stardust” also took in $1.7 million at 655 in 10 markets, mostly from launches in Oz, New Zealand and Norway.