Magazine article Screen International

Smurfs Gross $17M to Rule International for Sixth Session

Magazine article Screen International

Smurfs Gross $17M to Rule International for Sixth Session

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Universal's Johnny English may have been breathing down their necks but Sony's smurfs kept their cool to hold on to pole position as an estimated $17.3m from 6,900 screens in 72 markets boosted the running total to $344.5m

The family release opened top in Australia through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) on $3.8m from 384 and top in Italy on $3.7m from 556. It stands at $31.9m in Brazil after seven weekends and approximately $25.3m in three key markets: the UK after six and Germany and France after seven. Mexico has generated $20.8m after seven.

Friends With Benefits has amassed $42.8m following a $9.2m session in 31 markets and has produced $6.7m in the UK after two and $5.5m in Germany, also after two.

Battle: Los Angeles opened in second place in Japan on $2.2m from 391 and has amassed $121.4m internationally. Zookeeper stands at $75.4m.

Johnny English Reborn enjoyed a strong first sortie through Universal Pictures International (UPI), grossing $11.7m from 1,372 venues in 15 markets. The spy spoof starring Rowan Atkinson debuted at number in 13 of those markets led by Russia on $2.5m from 574.

UPI claimed Australia delivered a number one launch on $2.6m from 239 however SPRI will doubtless have something to say about that given that it reported the same status for The Smurfs on $3.8m (see above).

The Change-Up added $2.6m from 1,276 in 16 for $11.1m and opened fourth in the UK on $1.2m from 419. Sanctum, which Universal has for limited markets, launched in Japan in second place on $1.5m from 213. Jane Eyre stands at $7.7m through Universal and $9.5m overall and has generated $4.4m in the UK after two weekends.

Bridesmaids is at $115.8m and is the top release of the year-to-date in the Republic of Ireland. OneDay stands at $13.7m through UPI and $20.6m through al distributors.

Fox International's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes added $7.8m from 4,386 screens in 47 markets for $221.2m.

The primates held in second place in both Mexico in the third weekend as $1.8m from 1,030 boosted the tally to $11.7m and in Brazil as $1.2m from 471 elevated the score to $13.6m. The film has generated $32.7m in the UK and $26.8m in France, both after six weekends.

Mr Popper's Penguins added $2.5m from 1,000 in 13 for $111.7m and the family film has reached $12.7m in the UK after seven and $4.8m in South Korea after two.

Fox International Productions' first Tamil release Anytime, Anywhere launched in India on $371,000 from 163. …

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