'Snow White' puts bite on box office with $56.3M

Associated Press Modified: June 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm •  Published: June 3, 2012
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Big as "The Avengers" has been, it was this summer's only hit until last weekend, with other May releases such as "Dark Shadows" and "Battleship" falling flat domestically.

"I thought it was going to be like a rout, easy pickings to pick off last year's revenue record," said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "Now I think it's going to be more of a tug-of-war. I still think we'll get there, but it looks closer than it did at first."

In narrower release, Andy Garcia's Mexican war drama "For Greater Glory" opened at No. 10 with $1.8 million in 757 theaters, for an average of $2,378 a cinema. That compared to an average of $14,910 in 3,773 theaters for "Snow White."

The Weinstein Co. horror sequel "Piranha 3DD" drowned in limited release of just 86 theaters, debuting with $179,000 for an average of just $2,081 a cinema.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Snow White & the Huntsman," $56.3 million ($39.3 million international).

2. "Men in Black 3," $29.3 million ($78.6 million international).

3. "The Avengers," $20.3 million ($12.4 million).

4. "Battleship," $4.8 million ($1.5 million international).

5. "The Dictator," $4.7 million ($6.5 million international).

6. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $4.6 million ($557,000 international).

7. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $4.4 million ($3.7 million international).

8. "Dark Shadows," $3.9 million ($7.2 million international).

9. "Chernobyl Diaries," $3 million.

10. "For Greater Glory," $1.8 million.

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Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. "Men in Black 3," $78.6 million.

2. "Snow White & the Huntsman," $39.3 million.

3. "Prometheus," $35 million.

4. "The Avengers," $12.4 million.

5. "Dark Shadows," $7.2 million.

6. "The Dictator," $6.5 million.

7. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $3.7 million.

8. "All About My Wife," $3.4 million.

9. "Hugo," $2.7 million.

10. "American Reunion," $2.4 million.

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Online:

http://www.hollywood.com

http://www.rentrak.com

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.