International box office: 'Black Swan' dances to the top again

For the second consecutive week,
Black Swan, starring Oscar nominee Natalie Portman, held the top position at the box office internationally, collecting $17.2 million in 39 markets and closing in on $200 million worldwide, according to
The Hollywood Reporter.

Opening in six new markets, the psychological thriller and Academy Award contender by director Darren Aronofsky claimed second place in France.

In second internationally, Tangled, the animated 3D retelling of Rapunzel, drew $12.1 million from 52 territories. Taking the top spot in Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Sweden, it has made $522.1 million worldwide.

In the third place, True Grit, No Strings Attached and Yogi Bear tied, each pulling in $10 million each. The Oscar nominee True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon and directed by the Coen brothers, is playing in 37 countries, and the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, screens in 32 markets.

Climbing from last week's fifth place ranking, Yogi Bear, the animated and live-action cartoon story with the voices of Justin Timberlake and Dan Aykroyd, is released in 44 markets.

In the fourth spot, the sci-fi comedy Paul took $9.2 million, launching in first in the UK. The story follows comic book geeks encountering an alien voiced by Seth Rogen. It is co-written by and costars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

In fifth, The Green Hornet in 3D slipped from second place, playing in 68 markets to earn $217 million worldwide. Seth Rogen portrays the title character, while his sidekick Kato is played by Jay Chou. The film debuted in first place in Brazil.

Other films opening strong include Gnomeo & Juliet in first in Australia. The computer-animated comedy based on the Shakespeare tale also came in second in the UK.

In the US, the top film was Unknown starring Liam Neeson; the movie was released in 11 markets around the world, collecting $4.7 million.

With the lack of a Hollywood blockbuster, several homegrown films took the top spots in countries including Germany, Russia, Spain and Korea.

The coming week includes school holidays in many regions, so family comedies are likely to continue to draw moviegoers, including Gnomeo & Juliet and Yogi Bear.

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