Magazine article Screen International

Wrath Rules the Waves on $43M as Titanic Makes a Splash

Magazine article Screen International

Wrath Rules the Waves on $43M as Titanic Makes a Splash

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Warner Bros Pictures International's action fantasy dominated outside North America for a second straight session as the running total climbed to $152.5m and approximately $210m globally.

Meanwhile Fox International's Titanic 3D amassed $35.5m, while The Hunger Games produced $25.5m through Lionsgate licensees and UPI's American Reunion got off to an excellent start as $19.3m produced a record international debut for the franchise.

Wrath Of The Titans was active on 13,540 screens and box office dropped a respectable 43% from opening weekend.

Titanic 3D brought in $35.5m from 5,579 screens in 53 markets led by Russia on $4.9m from 796, which put the romantic epic in a tight race for top spot with Universal's American Reunion.

The UK generated $4.4m from 616 in first place and there were number one launches in Germany on $3.5m from 485 and Italy on $3.1m from 340.

Titanic 3D opened in France in second place on $3.5m from 358 and arrived in Australia on $1.9m from 209, Spain on $1.8m from 282, South Korea on $1.6m from 269, Japan on $1.3m from 460 and India on $1.1m from 219.

In other notable launches it scored $840,665 from 90 in Holland for second place, $454,162 from 73 in Denmark and $447,655 from 97 in Sweden for first place.

Fox International executives noted that the Russian debut has already reached 97% of the lifetime total of the original film which opened in the territory in 1997/98. Titanic 3D weighs anchor in China on Apr 10 on 2,400 3D screens and 60 IMAX and arrives in 20 new territories next weekend.

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel continued its excellent run as $5.3m from 1,423 in 27 boosted the tally to $53.2m. Australia produced $2.1m from 327 in the third weekend for $8.3m while the US stands at $27.9m and added $672,431 in the seventh session.

This Means War has grossed $87m, Chronicle $57.2m, Star Wars: Episode 1 in 3D $59.4m and We Bought A Zoo $32.3m.

The Hunger Games added $25.5m through Lionsgate licensees as the early international running total climbed to $157.1m.

The action thriller added $3.7m in the UK for $23.1m, $3.4m in Australia for $22.4m, $3.2m in Germany for $12.7m and $1.6m in France for $8.3m.

Lionsgate's international distribution executives expect South Korea to overtake France in the top four and will receive official figures this week.

American Reunion, Universal's latest entry in the American Pie franchise, launched day-and-date with North America through UPI on $19.3m from 2,388 sites in 28 territories. …

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