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Sony Pictures Releasing International’s romantic comedy Did You Hear About The Morgans?, starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, enjoyed a 149%increase in takings over its third weekend on international release. It expanded to a further nine markets including Spain where it placed second behind Fox International’s Avatar on $1.9m from 346 screens. Now in 16 territories, the comedy added $8.2m to its international total of $15.5m.
Io, Loro E Lara
Warner Bros Italy’s Io, Loro E Lara’s $7.6m opening, excluding previews, in its home market secured sixth spot in the international chart as the highest new entry for the weekend. Including previews, Io, Loro E Lara grossed $12.9m for a screen average of $12,400, but will face stiff competition this weekend once Avatar reaches the territory. The latest from actor-director Carlo Verdone, the comedy follows a missionary as he returns home.
Mandate International’s Daybreakers began its international run in Poland, Russia and the UK, where it grossed $2.2m from 378 screens. Michael and Peter Spierig’s horror thriller, starring Ethan Hawke, is set in 2019 after a plague has ravaged the human population, turning them into vampires.
Overall the film took $2.8m from 644 screens, a $4,400 average. Daybreakers opens in key territories Australia, France and Italy on January 21, March 17 and 19, respectively.
The Whistler (Le Siffleur) opened in France, Belgium and French-speaking Switzerland for a total of $1.6m from 285 screens, and a screen average of $5,700. EuropaCorp is releasing the crime comedy, which was directed by Philippe Lefebvre and stars Francois Berléand, Thierry Lhermitte and Sami Bouajila.