International box office: 'Tangled' takes top spot

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In cinemas around the world, the animated retelling of the Rapunzel tale, Tangled, has reached the top spot, moving Gulliver's Travels down to third.

After seven weeks since it first released, the 3D family film opened strong in Brazil and Australia and hit the top in ten markets, adding $26.3 million more to the $355.2 million worldwide total, according to
The Hollywood Reporter.

Screening in 43 countries, Tangled launches in the UK on January 28, then rolls out in Spain, Sweden and Korea in February, and in Japan on March 12.

A close second, The Tourist made $26.2 million in 61 territories. The romantic thriller, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, opened in first in nine countries, including Russia, which collected $10.3 million.

Dropping to third, Gulliver's Travels, the 3D comedy starring Jack Black, took in $21 million in 39 markets, with a big debut in Russia.

In fourth, Little Fockers, starring Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro, opened in nine new Latin American and Asian countries. With a total of more than $100 million internationally in 50 territories, the third installment of the comedy franchise stays in second position in the UK.

Other films performing well around the world include the 3D sequel Tron: Legacy, which has made $291.1 million globally, having opened in Italy over the weekend and due in China this week.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opened in first place in China, adding $5 million to the total gross of $308 million worldwide. Also, Unstoppable with Denzel Washington launched in eight markets, hitting the top spot in Japan.

At the top of the box office in the UK was The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth; the film was announced as a nominee in 15 categories for the BAFTAs, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.

In the US, True Grit came in first with $15 million over a slow post-holiday weekend. Starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, the Old West sequel by the Coen brothers begins to roll out internationally on January 20.