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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Battle: Los Angeles' Invades World

by Ray Subers
Battle: Los Angeles
 

 
March 23, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles fought its way to the top of the foreign box office over the weekend thanks primarily to a strong opening in China. Rango took a bit of a hit, though it still played well in most key markets, while The King's Speech extended its exceptional run with a solid start in South Korea and continued dominance in Germany.

Battle: Los Angeles added 19 new territories for a total of 52 and led the box office with $28.7 million. A huge portion of this came from its $11.1 million first-place debut in China. Among recent U.S. imports, that's about even with The Green Hornet and a tad ahead of Tron Legacy. The movie also opened in first place in Australia ($2.6 million) and Brazil ($1.5 million), and finished in second in France ($1.9 million) behind a local title.

These openings drove the majority of Battle: Los Angeles's box office, as the movie was down 55 percent in holdover markets. South Korea was probably its best holdover, dipping 44 percent to $1.7 million. It saw its biggest hit in Russia, where it plummeted 66 percent to $1.5 million, and it also retreated 51 percent in the United Kingdom ($1.4 million). Battle's total reached $51.7 million overseas for a worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total north of $114 million.

In its third weekend Rango grossed $19.5 million from 54 markets for a total of $73.5 million. Its only major opening came in Russia, where it scored a solid $4.4 million second-place finish. Holdovers, led by Australia ($2.2 million) and the U.K. ($1.7 million), were down an average of 42 percent. Rango has made over $167 million worldwide, and it expands in to France this coming weekend.

The King's Speech scored another $11 million to bring its overseas total to $225.4 million. It held first place for the third-straight weekend in Germany with $1.7 million, and it added $1.2 million in France. It also opened to a strong $1.3 million in South Korea. The movie's worldwide total has reached an impressive $359.1 million, and it still has a chance of closing with over $400 million.

The Rite earned $7.1 million from 52 territories for a total of $46.1 million. It had a respectable $1.6 million opening in Spain, though it faltered with a $565,000 ninth-place start in Germany.

Rounding out the Top Five was foreign romantic comedy Office Romance, which took the top spot in its native Russia with $5.9 million. Further down the chart, domestic winner Limitless opened to $5.1 million from six territories, including Russia ($2.9 million) and Australia ($1.9 million).

Foreign Top Ten - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
1. Battle: Los Angeles - $28.7 - $51.7
2. Rango - $19.5 - $73.5
3. The King's Speech - $11 - $359.1
4. The Rite - $7.1 - $46.1
5. Office Romance - $5.9 - $5.9
6. Black Swan - $5.8 - $175
7. Unknown - $5.5 - $43.9
8. I Am Number Four - $5.4 - $65.6
9. The Adjustment Bureau - $5.2 - $32.1
10. Torrente 4 - $5.1 - $19.5

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
Limitless - $5.1 - $5.1
Gnomeo and Juliet - $5.1 - $60.5
Just Go With It - $4.7 - $52.2
Red Riding Hood - $3.8 - $5.6
Hall Pass - $3.7 - $14.4
SP: The Motion Picture (2011) - $3.6 - $10.6
No Strings Attached - $3.4 - $58.5
Mars Needs Moms - $3.4 - $7.8
Tangled - $3.2 - $360.7
Ma Part Du Gateau - $3.0 - $3.0
Big Mommas 3 - $2.8 - $28.6
Nessuno Mi Puo Giudicare - $2.6 - $4.3
True Grit - $2.5 - $71.7
Gooische Vrouwen - $2.4 - $6.4
Doraemon (2011) - $2.3 - $11.4
Chronicles of Narnia 3 - $1.8 - $299.6
Paul - $1.6 - $28.3
The Tourist - $1.6 - $200.4
Chalet Girl - $1.3 - $1.4
The Fighter - $1.1 - $32.1
The Lincoln Lawyer - $1.1 - $1.1
Never Say Never - $1.0 - $10.7

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