Disney’s Alice In Wonderland is expected to hold on to the overseas crown for the third successive weekend and should have little trouble racing toward the $285m mark.
Tim Burton’s fantasy adventure has amassed more than $245m and should have too much in the tank for its major international rivals, despite there being no major new territories this weekend.
Alice is scheduled to open in France on March 24, China on March 26, Spain on April 16, Japan on April 17, and Brazil on April 21.
Avatar has reached $1.92bn through Fox International and will remain a force for several weekends to come. The distributor launches Tooth Fairy in Germany this weekend and executives will be looking to nudge past $40m. The family title has grossed $38.7m.
Warner Bros Pictures International’s drama The Blind Side starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock gets a big push this weekend, with launches set for Mexico and Brazil on March 19, followed by Germany on Mar 25 and the UK a day later.
Universal/UPI’s Iraq thriller Green Zone stands at $12.5m following last weekend’s day-and-date launch and ventures into a further 12 territories this weekend including German-speaking Europe on March 18 and 19.
The romantic comedy It’s Complicated on $93.8m arrives in three including Italy on March 19, while Universal opens Pascal Chaumeil’s comedy Heartbreaker in France on March 17.
Paramount/ PPI’s How To Train Your Dragon gets an early start in the high piracy markets of Russia and the Ukraine on March 18, ahead of the release next week in North America and several leading territories.
Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island has grossed $57.6m and arrives in South Korea on March 18, and PPI executives expect Up In The Air on $75.5m to deliver further success when the drama launches in Japan on March 20. Miguel Angel Lamata’s comedy Tension Sexual opens in Spain on March 18
Horror tale Case 39 on $13.2m opens in the Netherlands and Belgium. Julian Kemp’s UK comedy My Last Five Girlfriends and the Jackie Chan family action comedy The Spy Next Doorboth open in the UK on March 19.
Peter Jackson’s drama The Lovely Bones has reached $45.4m and debuts in six, among them Singapore and Hong Kong on March 18, followed by Taiwan on March 20.
Sony Pictures Releasing International’s Legion has grossed $40.1m and Did You Hear About The Morgans? has taken $29.6m, while Extraordinary Measures, which is a CBS Films production, stands at $12.1m.