Paramount pic nabs $35.5 million overseas

The foreign launch of “Star Trek” beamed up a solid rather than spectacular $35.5 million at over 5,000 playdates in 54 markets, winning in 23 territories in its opening weekend.

“Trek” topped the second frame of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which slid 59% to $29.7 million at 8,978 in 102 markets.

The revamped “Star Trek,” which had never seen significant international traction in its 10 previous incarnations, scored a respectable $7,100 per-location average. Top “Trek” takes came from the U.K. with $8.8 million, Germany with $4.6 million, Australia with $3.4 million, France with $2.8 million, Russia with $2.3 million, South Korea with $2.2 million and Spain with $1.6 million.

Paramount noted Sunday the “Trek” results came in 3% ahead of the 2005 re-invention of the Batman franchise, “Batman Begins,” which finished with a $167 million foreign cume. Par also pointed out that the new “Star Trek” is already 47% ahead of the final international cume of the previous franchise entry, “Star Trek: Nemesis.”

The “Trek” foreign launch followed an extensive international promo campaign with premieres in Australia, London and Germany along with junkets and pre-release screenings in Austria, New Zealand, Belgium, Holland and Madrid. Japan and China will open next weekend while Mexico’s delayed launch has been set for June 5.

Paramount opted to open “Star Trek” in far fewer venues than Fox’s launch last weekend for “Wolverine,” which debuted with $73.1 million at 9,234 playdates. In its second frame, “Wolverine” grabbed its top figures in the U.K. with $3.3 million, France with $3.25 million and Brazil with $2.3 million — beating “Star Trek” in the latter two territories.

“Wolverine” held the No. 1 slot in 22 markets, including all Latin American territories, China, Belgium, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Fox said it was encouraged that the actioner declined by 50% to 60% against “Star Trek” openings, asserting that the holds demonstrate “Wolverine” has playability and positive word-of-mouth.

“Wolverine” has cumed $123.7 million overseas, or $16 million short of the final foreign cume for 2000′s “X-Men.” “X2: X-Men United” took in $192 million internationally in 2003 and “X-Men: the Last Stand” cumed $224 million outside the United States in 2006.

Disney scored decent counterprogramming coin with “Hannah Montana: The Movie” grossing $7.8 million at 1,500 in 16 markets, including a $3.4 million first-place launch in Spain, where it handily topped “Wolverine” with $2.3 million and more than doubled the “Star Trek” opening. “Hannah” also scored $2.1 million in its British soph sesh, down only 33%.

Foreign cume for “Hannah,” still early in its foreign run, has hit $19.7 million.

Universal also aimed at the family audience with an expansion of “Coraline,” taking in $4.9 million at 1,423 in 14 markets — mostly from its $3.7 million opening in the U.K. — to push the early foreign cume to $15.2 million with 34 markets still to open.

The two pics that dominated last month padded their grosses as Par’s “Monster Vs Aliens” scared up $3.6 million at 4,748 in 60 markets to lift the foreign cume to $159.3 million and Universal’s “Fast and Furious” added $3.5 million at 4,100 in 60 territories to lift the foreign cume to $189 million.

Uni’s “State of Play,” still early in its foreign run, took in $2.5 million at 1,300 to boost the foreign cume to $16.8 million. And its “Duplcity” continued to generate modest results with $1.4 million at 850 in 32 markets for a foreign cume of $31.1 million with 20 territories still to launch.

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