‘Angels’ flies high overseas

Sony pic dominated foreign box office

Dominating the foreign box office, Sony’s “Angels and Demons” launched overseas with an opening weekend of $104.3 million at 10,468 playdates in 96 markets — the 10th best international debut frame ever.

Germany led the way with $12.65 million, followed by Italy with $11.37 million, the U.K. with $9.68 million, Spain with $7.09 million, Japan with $6.9 million, Russia with $6.8 million, France with $6.3 million and South Korea with $4.1 million. With “Angels” set almost entirely in Italy, the opening weekend represented the fifth highest of all time.

“Angels and Demons” grossed nearly five times its nearest rival, “Star Trek,” which beamed up $21 million at 6,131 in 57 markets.

With a saturation-level launch, the “Angels” per-location average was stellar at just below $10,000. The offshore “Angels and Demons” opening represented the best foreign take in nearly a year since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” debuted with $147 million.

“Angels” came in 42% better than the best 2009 launch, which had been “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” with $73 million two weekends ago.

“Angels” trailed “The Da Vinci Code” launch — the fourth highest of all time — by $50 million with openings yet to come in China, India, Mexico and Norway. In markets where both pics opened, “Angels” grossed 73% of “Da Vinci.”

“Angels” opened with $6.3 million on Wednesday, followed by $11 million on Thursday, $23 million on Friday, $33.4 million on Saturday and an estimated $30.4 million on Sunday.

Sony’s international distribution topper Mark Zucker noted that “Angels” managed to perform at a blockbuster level without the attached notoriety of “Da Vinci.” He said prospects for future foreign performance appear bright, pointing to the strong recognizability of the cast and positive word of mouth, which helped give “Angels” a 50% increase in Saturday numbers over Friday.

After opening at $155 million internationally, “Da Vinci” went on to cume an eye-popping $540 million in foreign coin. Should “Angels” follow a similar pattern, its final foreign gross would wind up well over $350 million.

“Angels” will face competition next weekend internationally from Fox’s day and date launch of “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” But Sony’s holding off on foreign openings for “Terminator: Salvation,” which opens domestically on Friday, until the following frame when it will debut in Asia. Other major markets won’t see the fourth “Terminator” until the first June frame.

“Star Trek” managed a respectable second frame hold in foreign markets with a 42% decline to $21 million, lifting foreign cume to $70 million — topping “Star Trek: First Contact” for the franchise’s best international take. The U.K. led the way with a 36% decline to $5.1 million, followed by a 40% slide in Germany to $2 million and a 42% decrease in Oz to $2 million.

The third frame of “Wolverine” led the rest of the pack with $13.5 million at 7,640 in 103 markets, led by the U.K. with $1.8 mllion and Brazil with $1.5 million as the latter territory benefitted from Hugh Jackman’s promo visit.

Foreign cume has hit $144.5 million — $5 million above the final international take for “X-Men.” “X-Men: United” took in $192 million outside the United States and “X-Men: The Last Stand” wound up with $225 million overseas.

“17 Again” continued to gross moderate numbers with $5.2 million at 2,571 in 38 markets, led by a $1.3 million German launch. Foreign cume for “17” has passed $48 million.

Disney’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” positioned as a tween counterprogrammer, warbled its way to $4.7 million at 1,814 in 16 markets, led by $1.9 million in its second Spanish frame. “Hannah” has cumed $26.1 million outside the United States and will open in Mexico next weekend.

Universal’s “Coraline” took in $2.7 million at 1,423 in 21 markets, mostly with $2 million in its Brit soph sesh, for an $18.5 million foreign cume. Studio also launched “Fighting” overseas in the U.K. with $1.5 million and in Spain with $360,000.

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