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‘Immortals’ takes over top spot overseas

Greek gods take $38 million, smite 'Tintin' ($28.2 million)

The gods have cut short “Tintin’s” days atop the overseas box office.

Relativity Media’s “Immortals,” released internationally via local distribs, debuted to $38 million at the foreign B.O., knocking Paramount and Sony’s two-week champ “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” from its perch. “Tintin” grossed $28.2 million in its third frame for an overseas cume of $160.8 million.

“Immortals” bowed day-and-date with the U.S. in 35 countries, including China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the U.K. In China, the film made $5.6 million, a solid start for the inaugural release by Sky Land (China’s joint distribution label between IDG and Saif Partners). Russia saw the best opening for the pic, with $9.2 million. Other top perfs included South Korea ($4.5 million) and the U.K. ($3.5 million).

Relativity’s business model of preselling international rights prevents the studio from collecting much overseas coin, unless a film performs beyond a set benchmark in individual territories; the studio will see a percentage of any overage.

“Immortals” cost Relativity a reported $75 million after rebates, with presales reducing the studio’s risk further by about two-thirds. Relativity also spent about $35 million in marketing costs.”Tintin,” which launched nearly two months ahead of its Dec. 21 release Stateside, has performed best in France, with $47.4 million, followed by the U.K. and Spain, both of which have contributed just north of $20 million. Pic grossed $2.5 million for the sesh in the U.K., with a stellar $6.1 million in Gaul and $2.8 million in Spain. (Both the U.K. and France saw the best holds for “Tintin,” down roughly 25%.)

Par holds rights to the pic in English-speaking territories, including the U.S., and Asia (except India), while Sony is distribbing everywhere else.

“Tintin” expands to China in its fourth frame; “Immortals,” meanwhile, will hold off, as similarly targeted “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” launches in 54 overseas markets, starting Nov. 16. n

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