Warner Bros. saw a strong weekend overseas this frame, opening “Crazy Stupid Love” in nine territories to receptive auds.
The laffer added $4.7 million to its international tally this weekend, including $1.5 million from France, a notoriously difficult market for American comedies. It bowed in second place behind local comedy remake “The War of the Buttons” which is in its soph sesh.
The studio also rolled out “Mannerherzen 2” in Germany and other German-speaking territories where it opened at No. 1 with $3.5 million including previews, and “Don Gato” which took first in Mexico with $3.4 million.
The weekend’s international B.O. prize went to “The Smurfs” for the sixth consecutive time with $17.3 million, including first place openings in Italy ($3.7 million) and Australia ($3.75 million).
Always a better performer overseas than in the U.S., Universal’s latest Rowan Atkinson comedy “Johnny English Reborn” opened ahead of its Oct. 28 U.S. release, grossing $11.7 million for the weekend. “Johnny” results include $2.5 million for the top spot in Russia and a noteworthy $2.6 million bow in Australia. Studio expects “Johnny English” to have long legs Down Under as 85% of students will be on school holiday this upcoming frame, and Universal will be adding 48 more territories in coming months.