While it hasn’t set the world on fire, Disney’s 3D “Tangled” is showing enough traction outside the United States to wind up as a solid performer.
The animated re-telling of the Rapunzel tale led the international box office during the first full weekend of 2011 with $26.3 million at 3,636 playdates — just enough to edge “The Tourist” for the top slot — for an international total of $184.1 million from 43 markets.
“Tangled” is already among the top 200 international performers of all time and, with 45% of the market still yet to be tapped, it looks likely to double that figure by the end of its run. Remaining markets include the U.K. (Jan. 28), Scandinavia (Feb. 3), Spain (Feb. 4), South Korea (Feb. 10) and Japan (March 12)
That take from the Jan. 5-9 frame was also enough to push the foreign cume for “Tangled” past the domestic total of $176 million after seven weeks, though the pic was still in the U.S. top 10.
The Stateside performance has been viewed as solid rather than stellar, given the scaled-up expectations Disney toons carry, but the “Tangled” global cume hit $355 million, or the 15th highest among the studio’s animated fare, on Jan. 9. It looks set to eclipse the first “Toy Story” ($362 million) and “A Bug’s Life” ($363.2 million).
Brazil led the way for “Tangled” during the most recent frame with an opening of $6 million at 385, marking the biggest launch for a Disney animated title — an eye-popping 53% above the record set last year by “Toy Story 3.”
Australia scored a socko start for the pic, with $5.7 million from 250, marking Oz’s biggest nonsequel animated debut and Disney second-best animated launch after “Toy Story 3.”
Two South American markets showed plenty of pop for “Tangled” — its Argentinian opening of $1.8 million at 125 and its Colombian launch of $1 million at 95, both repping the biggest nonsequel animated debut for their respective markets, and the second best animated start ever after “Toy Story 3.”
Greece also opened impressively with $888,000 from 65, marking the biggest Disney launch ever.
“Tangled” holdover biz stayed solid in Germany with a fifth-straight first place finish at $4.1 million for a $31.9 million Teutonic cume.
Similarly, Sony’s “The Tourist” continued to show better traction in foreign markets than domestically. The U.S. total for the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp starrer has edged past $61 million after a month, while the international total has gone past $100 million.
“The Tourist” wound up the weekend with $26.2 million, including seven first-place openings and three other markets holding at the top slot. Russia launched with $10.3 million (including previews), the 18th biggest opening for the territory — and bigger than “Salt” and “Wanted.”
“The Tourist” opened in first in Portugal, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Norway, South Africa and Israel. The soph sesh in Spain led with $2.2 million for an $8.5 million cume.
The third-biggest total for the frame came from Italy, where local Islamic terrorism-themed laffer “Che Bella Giornata” (What a Beautiful Day) pulverized the nation’s all-time box office records, bowing with $24 million in five days via Medusa and ousting “Avatar” as Italy’s biggest opener ever.
“Beautiful Day,” which is helmed by Gennaro Nunziante, stars hot TV comic Checco Zalone as a security guard at Milan’s famous Duomo who who gets entangled with an Arab girl with a terrorist bent. Pic pulled a boffo $19,895 screen average on 775 playdates during Italy’s lucrative Epiphany holiday weekend.
Clint Eastwood-helmed “Hereafter” bowed with a distant but decent No. 2 in Italy, scoring $4.2 million off 353 via Warner Bros., also in five days.
Fox’s “Gulliver’s Travels” continued to perform far better overseas than domestically, where it’s already fallen out of the top 10 in its third frame and grossed only $34 million. “Gulliver” has been far more robust internationally with an $81 million cume, and the most recent frame adding $21 million at 5,085 screens in 39 markets, led by a $9.5 million Russian launch.
Fox’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” has also more than doubled its domestic total, now at $94.5 million. The foreign take has hit $242.5 million as the fantasy grabbed another $17.7 million at 6,605 screens in 69 markets, led by a $5.1 million Chinese launch.
“Little Fockers” is one of the few major titles that’s done better Stateside than internationally, with its U.S. cume at $123.7 million. The comedy went past the $100 million international mark for Paramount over the weekend with $20 million at 4,848, led by $3 million in its third Brit frame and $2.1 million in its third outing in Germany.
In Spain, “The King’s Speech” has scored solidly, with a $2.5 million cume over three weeks. Spain’s entry for the foreign language Oscar “Even the Rain” opened with $1.1 million at 315 over the five-day vacation frame.
In Germany, Constantin’s local cop laffer “Die Superbullen” opened with $1.95 million.
Emilio Mayoraga in Madrid, Ed Meza in Berlin and Nick Vivarelli in Rome contributed to this report.