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'Avatar' dominates int'l boxoffice

20 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Director James Cameron's "Avatar" commanded the international circuit on the weekend, soaring to No. 1 with boxoffice of $165.5 million in its opening five days from 14,604 screens in 106 territories.

"Avatar's" actual weekend figure on the foreign circuit was $6.3 million more than the $159.2 million reported on Sunday due, said distributor 20th Century Fox, "to the unexpected increase in boxoffice from Saturday to Sunday (about 3% overall)."

Fox said the much-anticipated futuristic 3D spectacle's worldwide gross total of $242.5 million ranks as the "highest-grossing nonfranchise, nonsequel opening ever." The overseas per-screen average was $11,334.

"We are off to a great start," said Paul Hanneman, co-president of Fox Theatrical International, who noted that "Avatar," while benefiting from solid reviews overseas, had to defy tough winter weather in many European markets. On the basis of favorable word-of-mouth, Hanneman predicts that "Avatar" grosses will hold relatively strongly in the coming weeks.


"We played 106 markets, and we were No. »

- By Frank Segers

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Cotillard, Cluzet and Magimel board Guillaume Canet's Les Petits Mouchoirs

31 July 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Guillaume Canet can count on the return of François Cluzet, the participation of an Oscar winning actress in Marion Cotillard, and Benoît Magimel for his third feature in the director's chair. Canet will follow up Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) with with Les Petits Mouchoirs (“The Little Handkerchiefs”). Cineuropa reports that Valérie Bonneton, Gilles Lellouche, Anne Marivin, Louise Monot, Laurent Lafite, Pascale Arbillot and Jean Dujardin (Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) round out the cast. Production will last three months in Gironde, Cap Ferret and Paris. Written by the Canet, Les Petits Mouchoirs centres on a group of friends who holiday together every summer at Cap Ferret (South West portion of France). The good spirits of the first few days give way to less exalted feelings when they each express their innermost doubts. Productions du Trésor's Alain Attal (who also produced Ne le dis à personne) produces. »

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