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‘Tangled’ caught up in ‘Harry Potter’s’ wake

Toon's wider expansion held up to Christmas

Though Disney’s 3D toon “Tangled” drew animated results domestically over the Thanksgiving sesh, the Mouse House mounted a more reserved day and date rollout at the international B.O., with the toon debuting in just seven markets for a weekend take of $13.8 million on 2,025 screens.

Motivated mainly by heavy competish from Warner Bros.’ soph sesh juggernaut “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” the delayed launch poises “Tangled” for wider expansion over the Christmas holiday.

Disney increases the toon’s foreign footprint over the weekend to approximately 20% of the international marketplace, up from 15% the previous weekend. The Mouse House reported a cume of $21.3 million for “Tangled” as of Dec. 1.

With the slower rollout for “Tangled,” “Hallows” still topped the international B.O. with $114 million in its second outing overseas, with $383 million so date. Warners’ “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” totaled some $2 million less than “Hallows” after its second weekend from comparable territories.

The penultimate Potter pic held in France, where it topped the local frame Nov. 26-28, with $19.7 million from 971 screens. Pic’s French bow stands as the territory’s highest opening so far this year. Generally strong critical response — Gaul’s Le Point described the film as “faithful to the spirit of the book” — should help “Hallows” maintain steam in that territory.

Meanwhile, “Hallows” continued to make magic in the U.K., where it surpassed the $50 million benchmark in just 11 days, making it the franchise’s quickest installment to reach that milestone.

Germany followed as the film’s No. 2 holdover territory, with a cume of $36.5 million, while Japan contributed slightly less, having earned $34.9 million in its second week of release. “Hallows” has cumed $21.4 million in Russia, following a soph sesh take of $5.2 million, down some 60%. Pic’s hold is considerable given it faced “Tangled,” which launched there with a sizable $7.5 million.

“Tangled’s” Russian debut, which contributed nearly 60% of the toon’s overall international debut, now stands as the highest-grossing opening for an animated Disney title in that territory, as well as the best ever for a non-sequel toon production in industry history.

In Russia, “Tangled” also ranked 8% higher than both “Megamind” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” while outstripping the summer’s hit original toon title “Despicable Me” by 122%.

Disney started with markets like Russia and Mexico as both territories typically overperform with toons. Russia also has been increasing its 3D footprint, but poses higher risks of piracy compared to other major markets. The toon’s $2.9 million debut in Mexico, landed behind “Hallows,” which added $3.5 million to a local cume of $16 million.

Still, “Tangled” ranked above “Dragon” by 5% in Mexico, though fell short of “Despicable me” by approximately 35%.

Paramount and DreamWorks Animation’s 3D toon holdover “Megamind” will command considerable screens in the coming weeks, posing heady competish for “Tangled” as it expands throughout the holiday. To date, “Megamind” has grossed $32.5 million from 11 overseas markets. Par will more than double that count over the weekend, with debuts in Germany, Spain and the U.K.

Warners’ decision to forego a 3D treatment of “Hallows” lessened the overseas 3D crunch, especially for “Tangled” and “Megamind.” Though distribs are staggering release dates to avoid clashing with existing 3D product in specific territories less capable of handling the logjam.

The absence of “Tangled” in Germany, Spain and the U.K. will free up 3D screens for “Megamind” in those territories. Disney will roll out “Tangled” in France and Italy next weekend, with France already having tallied some $500,000 from exclusive play in Paris.

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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