'Black Swan' reaches similar heights in solid sesh

Though unable to dislodge Sony’s “The Green Hornet” from its spot atop the international box office over the Feb. 28-30 weekend, the Weinstein Co.’s “The King’s Speech” continued to post stellar figures in overseas holdover territories as well as new Euro markets, lifting foreign totals to royal heights.

“King’s Speech” earned $11.2 million this past weekend, and has cumed $67 million from 17 international territories through Jan. 31, of which a collective $56.6 million has come from Australia and the U.K. The film has totaled a stately $141.6 million worldwide.

Blighty has contributed an overwhelming $38.6 million to date, beating the entire U.K. run of similarly royal-themed pic “The Queen.” Even the Canadian box office, which is added to North American totals, contributed $1.4 million over the weekend for a local cume of $10.5 million. Pic, with Alliance Films distribbing, has ruled Canada for eight straight weeks.

In its sixth frame at the Spanish B.O., “The King’s Speech” jumped from fifth place to third, up a remarkable 57%, cuming $5.7 million.

Several new markets paid fealty to “King’s,” including Italy and smaller territories in Eastern Europe. In Italy, with Eagle Pictures distribbing, the film opened to $1.3 million on 165 locations, bowing in the No. 5 spot. The pic faced tough competish from local laffer “Whatsoeverly,” which led the territory, with $5.1 million. Smaller markets like Poland also contributed nicely to “King’s” weekend coffers, with $583,000 from 58 locations for a per-screen average of $10,052.

Another awards-friendly film to translate well overseas is Fox Searchlight’s “Black Swan,” which came in slightly ahead of “King’s Speech” with a weekend take of $11.6 million from 16 markets, cuming $31.0 million through Jan. 31.

“Black Swan” earned the majority of its weekend take from holdover territories like Germany, Australia and the U.K. Pic had its best showing in Blighty, where it earned $4.1 million at 429 locations, for a cume of $11.6 million. Germany came in second overall for the film, contributing $2.9 million on 392, up from 306 last weekend, for a total of $7.1, followed by Oz with $2.1 million on 200 screens for a local cume of $6.5 million.

The ballet thriller has been one of the more surprising box office hits, with its subject matter viewed as challenging for some audiences. Still, the film has overperformed both in the U.S. and abroad, with a global take of nearly $123 million.

Searchlight plans to continue the film’s steady rollout, hoping to capitalize on Oscar noms and word of mouth. Pic expands to 12 new markets next weekend, including Brazil and Holland.

“The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan,” both trailed “The Green Hornet,” which grossed $15.4 million over the weekend, for a cume of $61.0 million as of Jan. 30, but “Hornet” is playing in roughly four times as many territories — 64 — as either of the other two pics. Last weekend, “The Green Hornet” saw a so-so drop in Australia, down 38% in its soph sesh, where it grossed $1.9 million, bringing its local cume to $6.6 million.

The film fell even further in Germany, off 51% in its third frame, good for $1.3 million for the weekend. “The Green Hornet” has cumed $9.4 million in Teuton, making Germany the film’s highest-grossing territory so far.

The Sony pic did, however, start strongly in some Asian territories, including Taiwan and Singapore, thanks largely to star Jay Chou’s widespread popularity in those markets. Taiwanese auds shelled out 15% more coin for “Green Hornet” than “Iron Man” in its opening weekend, with $1.2 million on 158 screens, while in Singapore, the pic came in 25% higher than “X-Men,” grossing $850,000 on 64 screens. Sony plans to add more major markets next weekend, including Argentina and Russia.

Emilio Mayorga in Barcelona, Mark Schilling in Tokyo, Clifford Coonan in Beijing, Andrew Horn in Berlin, David Hayhurst in Paris and Nick Vivarelli in Rome contributed to this report.

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