Magazine article Screen International

Smurfs Stays Top Internationally as Abduction Performs Well

Magazine article Screen International

Smurfs Stays Top Internationally as Abduction Performs Well

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Sony Pictures Releasing International's (SPRI) blue wave ruled yet again at the box as an estimated $10.7m weekend gross from 5,400 screens in seven markets boosted the tally to a confirmed $380.6m.

Meanwhile Lionsgate reported that Abduction grossed $9.4m over the weekend fired up by a pair of second place debuts in the France and the UK that drew $1.8m and $1.4m, respectively.

The Taylor Lautner vehicle opened top in Mexico on $1.2m, which means the thriller has now debuted at number one in eight Latin American territories. The film's early international running total stands at $19.1m.

Returning to SPRI's The Smurfs, the biggest result came from the third weekend in Australia where the film stayed top on $3.4m from 507 for $14.2m. It did the same in Italy, adding $2m from 554 for $12.1m after three weekends.

A number one debut in South Africa generated $887,062 from 111 for the tenth biggest launch in industry history.

A further $420,337 in the UK from 522 resulted in $26.6m after eight weekends. Brazil remains the lead territory on $32.7m while Germany and France have produced $26.8m and $26.2m respectively after nine weekends.

Sony's Friends With Benefits was also on fine form, grossing $8.2m from 3,184 in 65 for $67.3m, fired up by a $1.3m number one launch in Brazil on 200. The rom-com added $1m in the second weekend in Spain from 342 for $3.6m and $1m in the fourth session in Germany from 486 for $8.4m. The film has amassed $9.6m in the UK and $4.7m in France, both after four.

Universal's Johnny English Reborn was in action and took a confirmed $8.6m from 1,939 sites in 22 territories as the early international running total climbed to $36.4m. The spy spoof opened top in Hong Kong on $1.4m from 38, a terrific result that delivered the biggest comedy launch of the year-to-date, Universal's biggest debut of the year and a career high for star Rowan Atkinson.

The comedy opened top in Spain on $2m from 345 in what appears to be another career best for Atkinson. Australia held strong in third place on $1.8m from 239 for $8.9m after three sessions heading into Monday's national holiday. There are 41 territories to go including the UK and Germany this week. Fast And Furious Five crossed $400m thanks to a number one debut in Japan on an excellent $6.6m from 328 - the best in the series so far. The international running total stands at $406.3m.

Latest figures put The Change-Up on $17.5m and The Debt on $8m following a debut of $675,000 in sixth place in the UK, where all releases were affected by the heatwave. …

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