International box office: 'Potter' on top again, 'Tangled' follows
Monday 06 December 2010
Fantasy family fare ruled the weekend around the world, with
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 keeping the number one spot internationally for the third weekend and taking in $54.4 million, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Down 52% from the prior weekend in a total of 62 markets, the film has nearly doubled the US gross earnings, strongest in France, the UK, Japan and Germany. So far, the worldwide total for the seventh installment in the franchise has reached $713.3 million.
The animated version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, Tangled, remains in second place with $26 million in only 35% of territories, with France, Italy and Russia scoring highest. The film rose to first place in the US, with Harry dropping to second. It debuts in German-speaking countries this coming week.
In third, another animated super-villain story, Megamind, opened in 19 more markets across Europe and Latin America, earning $16 million this weekend. The comedy/fantasy in 3D, voiced by Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey, took the second spot in the UK and fourth in Spain.
Fourth this weekend was Due Date, the road-trip comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis ( The Hangover) and screening in 54 markets.
In the fifth slot is the runaway train suspense Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington, which is playing in 52 places outside North America.
Hollywood film studios' figures for 2010 are apparently ahead of the 2009 box office so far, with some major releases of 2010, such as Tron: Legacy, yet to hit theaters in December.
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