Magazine article Screen International

Black Swan Rules the Waves on $17M as Paul Dominates UK

Magazine article Screen International

Black Swan Rules the Waves on $17M as Paul Dominates UK

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There was to be no dislodging Black Swan from its overseas berth as Fox International's Oscar nominee held on to the crown thanks to an estimated $17.2m weekend haul. Meanwhile there was a sensational $9.2m debut for Universal-Working Title's Paul in the UK.

The psychodrama currently stands at $98m internationally and $199.5m worldwide. It proved too strong for the competition in Spain, where $3m from 296 was good enough to secure the number one spot. Italy generated $1.4m from 258 in third place in its first weekend.

France led the holdovers as $3.8m from 338 secured a number two ranking and boosted the tally to $9.8m after two weekends. Germany produced $1.4m from 526 for $15.4m after five, the UK generated $1.1m from 444 for $22.8m after five and Mexico produced $1m from 355 for $5.1m after two.

Comedy Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son opened on 727 screens in 10 markets for $4.2m led by the UK on $2.4m from 380 in fourth place.

127 Hours ventured into 16 new territories this weekend and grossed $4.9m. The highlight was South Korea on $798,000 from 235 and the overall running total stands at $12.6m.

Gulliver's Travels added $5m for $156.9m and The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader grossed $503,025 for $276.3m.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International's (WDSMPI) Tangled continued to spin a remarkable story at the box office. The family film grossed $12.1m from 5,210 screens in 52 territories for $328m to rank as Disney's seventh biggest animation overseas and 15th in the all-time pantheon.

Tangledadded $3.2m in Spain from 612 for $14.2m and stayed top for the third consecutive weekend in a row to overtake the final tallies of How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me. It grossed $2.1m in the UK from 523 for $24.4m after one month and remained the number one attraction in Sweden for the third weekend in a row as $924,000 from 217 boosted the score to $4.6m. The Japanese debut is set for Mar 12.

Tron: Legacy plundered a further $4.4m from 1,958 from 54 for $219.8m in a weekend result powered by French cinema-goers who raised the Gallic tally by $2.5m to $7.7m after 12 days.

Gnomeo And Juliet grossed $3.9m from 675 screens for $4.4m through WDSMPI and opened at number one in Australia on $2m. The film has generated $62.2m worldwide including Pathe International territories.

Disney release its first DreamWorks film pursuant to its global distribution deal with that studio and reported that the action film I Am Number Four grossed $3.3m on 527 screens in eight markets. Thailand produced $1m from 100 while Italy generated $751,000 from 250.

The Russian rom-com Vikrutasi opened at number one on $5.2m from 275 screens and is being released jointly oversees through WDSMPI and Sony Pictures Releasing International. Timur Bekmambetov produced and Milla Jovovich stars. Red added $700,000 in Japan through WDSMPI from 297 for $13.2m.

Universal pulled off the third biggest launch of the year-to-date in the UK excluding previews with Paul, the latest comedy from Working Title, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The alien mystery homage stormed to number one in the UK through UPI on $9.2m (£5.7m). It opened on Feb 14 with four days of previews and is well positioned heading into half-term holidays.

Paularrives in France on Mar 2, the US on Mar 18 and Russia on Mar 24 and will spread across the rest of the world over the next several months. …

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