Trio atop overseas box office

'Tangled,' 'Green Hornet,' 'Little Fockers' draw crowd

Sony’s 3D action comedy “The Green Hornet” buzzed day-and-date into 35 international territories over the Jan. 14-16 weekend, scoring $15.1 million from 2,981 screens.

Pic landed in the midst of several holdovers like “Little Fockers” and “Tangled,” all of which ran a horse race for the overseas B.O. crown. “Little Fockers,” with Paramount handling foreign rights, posted $14.2 million for the weekend, while Disney’s “Tangled” came in slightly higher with $15.6 million.

“Little Fockers,” screening in 53 overseas markets, has cumed $133 million so far; “Tangled,” in 33 territories, or 55% of the international marketplace, has hit $212.5 million.

“Green Hornet,” toplining Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, bowed primarily in major European territories like Germany, France, the U.K. Filmmakers started tubthumping the pic in Asia the following week. “Hornet” should do well on that continent thanks to Chou’s massive popularity; the pic launches in Japan on Jan. 22. “It’ll be fun to see him on his home turf,” Rogen said at the film’s Stateside premiere.

In Germany, “Green Hornet” earned top coin with $4.5 million, outstripping both “Iron Man” openings by more than 30%. Pic’s weekend take knocked Disney’s 3D toon “Tangled” from its five-week perch atop the German B.O., where it posted nearly $2 million for a local cume of $34.6 million.

Other Euro markets saw similar perfs for “Green Hornet,” bowing in line with comparable titles like “Tron: Legacy” in the U.K., though “Green Hornet” failed to crack the No. 1 spot in any of those major territories.

Blighty auds shelled out $3.2 million, good for second place in that territory, and despite hometown sentiments for French helmer Michel Gondry, the film also landed at No. 2 in Gaul with $2.4 million. Spain followed in the pic’s weekend ranking, contributing $1.4 million.

Meanwhile, the Weinstein Co.’s “The King’s Speech” continued to benefit from local love in the U.K. as the film grossed $6.8 million there, a remarkable 33% uptick from the previous frame. Blighty distrib Momentum is handling the pic, and with a local cume of $16 million in its first 10 days, “The King’s Speech” outgrossed the entire U.K. run of similarly regal title “The Queen.”

“The King’s Speech” has done well in other overseas territories, posting an overall $33.2 million after last weekend’s $9.4 million take. Par is distribbing in Australia, where the film took in another $1.8 million, off only 14%, lifting its Oz cume to $12 million.

Bizzers expected the Colin Firth-Geoffrey Rush starrer to nab royal-caliber coin in those two territories, being a U.K.-Australia co-production, not to mention the pic’s subject matter about Britain’s King George VI and his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.

Italian auds contributed the most to Par’s “Little Fockers,” with $3.3 million in its opening weekend, which overmatched the inaugural franchise offering “Meet the Parents” by 44%, a solid take given that the country’s local hit “What a Beautiful Day” became the all-time top Italo grosser in just two weeks. “Beautiful Day,” an Islamic fundamentalism-themed comedy, pulled down a boffo $10.5 million in its soph sesh for a cume of $42 million, topping Roberto Benigni’s 1998 “Life Is Beautiful,” which notched $33.5 million.

“Tangled” held well in Oz with $3.1 million, slipping 47% from the toon’s record-setting Australian bow last weekend. The pic now stands as the market’s biggest debut ever for a nonsequel animated pic.

The film parlayed its benchmark perf in Brazil as the best Disney toon debut into another chart-topping take in its second outing there, with $2.3 million, off 47%. Disney plans to expand “Tangled” to other major markets in the coming months, beginning with the U.K. on Jan. 28.

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