Horror pic takes $26 million in its opening weekend

There was nothing modest about the overseas opening for low-budget frightener “Paranormal Activity 3.”

The third entry in the “Paranormal” franchise launched over the Oct. 21-23 weekend in 42 territories, scaring up $26.1 million to beat all other pics internationally, as well as outpacing debut grosses of the second “Paranormal” in most major markets.

Top territory for “Paranormal 3″ was the U.K. with $5.4 million, which was on par with the predecessor’s opening weekend gross in Blighty, while Australia and Russia each contributed $3.2 million, repping a 21% improvement on “Paranormal 2″ in Oz, and a 24% hike in Russia. The pic debuted at No. 1 in all three territories.

In France, “Paranormal 3″ had to settle for a third-place bow, but it still earned a solid $2.8 million, boosted by approximately $521,000 earned from midnight screenings in Gaul.

Overall, Par’s scarer tallied $3 million in latenight overseas earnings, led by Russia, where local auds shelled out $550,000 at midnight. Auds in Oz, meanwhile, paid roughly $516,000 during latenight screenings.

Despite “Paranormal 3″ nabbing overall bragging rights, Disney/DreamWorks’ holdover “Real Steel” still managed to see sizable returns, punching up $16.4 million in its third week for an international cume of $85 million. “Real Steel” has playing exceptionally well to family audiences. Pic has been released in 32 territories, which reps about 50% of the international marketplace.

Another family-targeted pic, Universal’s “Johnny English Reborn” continues to show its overseas mettle, grossing a sixth-frame take of $13.2 million.

“Reborn,” which launched softly Stateside Oct. 21, is expected to reach between $185 million and $200 million worldwide. Pic already has cumed $104.3 million through Oct. 23, with 15 more territories to bow over the next few months.

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