Hancock Rules with $78.3M Overseas


Sony Pictures’ Hancock earned an impressive $78.3 million at 5,444 theaters in 50 international markets. It marks the third-biggest opening of the year, behind only Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Iron Man. The Will Smith superhero film averaged $14,400 per location.

Mark Zucker, president of Sony’s international releasing arm, forecasted Hancock will top $300 million overseas by the end of its run. Combined with its domestic take of $107 million, the movie has already earned $185.3 million worldwide.

Kung Fu Panda led the rest of the pack with an impressive $38 million at 5,448 theaters in 44 markets. The animated-comedy’s foreign total has already hit $151 million, with most of Europe opening in coming weeks.

Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian also expanded as it earned $24.3 million at 5,000 theaters in 42 markets, pushing the foreign total to $194 million.

Universal’s Wanted, last weekend’s leader, added $18.8 million at 2,312 theaters in 23 markets.

Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E grossed $13 million at 1,645 theaters in nine markets.