Awards success translated to cash at the overseas box office for the week of March 4-6, as “The King’s Speech” reigned supreme with $19.4 million — its best weekend to date, and its first since the Oscarcast.
The Weinstein Co. pic was up a whopping 30% over the previous weekend at 3,593 locations in 55 territories after copping best picture kudos among its Oscar bounty. With just seven new markets — the largest being India with a soft $174,218 — the film earned the majority of its weekend take from outstanding holdover territories including Germany and France, which contributed $2.6 million and $2.3 million, respectively.
Those countries, along with solid perfs in the U.K. and Japan, helped boost international totals for “The King’s Speech” to $186.7 million, of which $178.5 million was earned in 2011. Pic is on track to become the highest overseas grosser so far this year, second only to Disney’s “Tangled,” which earned $185 million of its total $350.5 million internationally from Jan. 7-March 10.
In Germany, “King’s Speech” improved 24% in its third frame to overtake local powerhouse “Kokowaah” for the territory’s top spot; its cume there is $8.9 million.
In France, while “King’s Speech” wasn’t able to topple local French laffer “Nothing to Declare,” it still scored a 6% uptick for French distrib Wild Bunch, cuming $17.8 million after five weeks in Gaul.
Pic’s top cume is, not surprisingly, in Blighty, where it’s tallied $65 million in nine weeks, far more than second-ranked Australia, where it earned $27.5 million in 12 weeks.
Fox Searchlight’s “Black Swan,” for which Natalie Portman took home the actress Oscar, was also leggy, off just 10% from the previous sesh, boosted by solid holds on major markets like Spain, as well as South Korea ($2.3 million, up 11%) and France ($2.2 million).
Overall, “Black Swan” is the second-best Oscar-winning performer overseas (behind “King’s Speech”), with a cume nearing $150 million as of March 7. Pic has only six more territories in which to play.
Non-Oscar titles also managed to make waves internationally over the March 4-6 weekend, led by Paramount’s second-place entry “Rango,” which launched day and date with the U.S. in 33 markets — nearly half the overseas marketplace — for a weekend total of $16.8 million. The Johnny Depp-voiced toon bowed best in the U.K., with $3.1 million at 472 locations; Mexico followed with $2.7 million at 511, which repped a 6% gain over the local opening for comparable toon “Megamind.”
Elsewhere, the toon claimed the No. 1 spot in Argentina with $450,000 at 106 roundups, while at the Spanish B.O., “Rango” took in $1.9 million, booting “Black Swan” from its first-place nest.
Universal’s Matt Damon thriller “The Adjustment Bureau” also started well internationally, with $10.4 million from 21 markets, including solid openings in the U.K., ($2.4 million) and Oz ($1.9 million), putting it just behind Warner Bros.’ debut laffer “Hall Pass” ($2 million) Down Under.
“Adjustment Bureau” saw a similarly solid Stateside launch, driven by popularity for Damon and co-star Emily Blunt. In Russia, the pic opened in the No. 4 spot, with $1 million at 273 locations, scoring the market’s best per-location average, with $3,663. “Adjustment Bureau” has 41 markets yet to open, with 10 slated for the weekend of March 11, including Germany.
Emilio Mayorga in Barcelona, Mark Schilling in Tokyo, Ed Meza in Berlin, David Hayhurst in Paris and Nick Vivarelli in Rome contributed to this report.
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