"Legend" and "Compass" shine at foreign box office

Tue Jan 8, 2008 1:55pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Will Smith sci-fi fantasy "I Am Legend" pulled in $33 million at the foreign box office last weekend, while "The Golden Compass" tallied $23.1 million, two hefty totals reflecting strong post-holiday business in many parts of the world.

Meanwhile "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" became the first film this year to hurdle the $100 million benchmark, thanks to a $20.2 million weekend. Family films did well, in fact, with "Alvin and the Chipmunks" singing its way to $15.8 million, "Enchanted" whipping up $14.5 million, and "Bee Movie" flying off with $14.1 million.

A key No. 1 opening for "I Am Legend" was Australia with $8.3 million. Other first-place bows included Greece ($1.9 million), New Zealand ($1 million) and Argentina ($669,000). "Legend" held first place in the U.K. for a second weekend, taking in $7.4 million, for a market total of $36.4 million. The foreign haul now stands at $169.3 million from 36 territories.

When "Golden Compass" bombed domestically with sales to date of $65.7 million, the numbers are surprisingly strong overseas. Its international gross stands at $228.2 million from 57 markets. The U.K. has contributed $48.1 million, Korea $22.5 million, France $22 million, and Germany $20.5 million.

"National Treasure: Book of Secrets" hit $102.1 million after three weeks, and needs another $70 million to reach the total of its predecessor. The sequel is doing especially well in Russia, where its total rose to $9.6 million after two weeks, beating the entire run of the first one by 60%.

"Enchanted" has earned 138 million from 34 countries. Top markets include the U.K. ($28 million) and France ($21.1 million).

"Alvin and the Chipmunks" has gathered $63.4 million from 49 markets. The kids fave opened at No. 2 in Australia and No. 3 in Brazil. "Bee Movie" shot up to $131.7 million from 45 territories, surpassing its domestic total of $125 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Will Smith flashes a victory sign as he arrives on the red carpet to the premiere of the film "I Am Legend" in Berlin, January 7, 2008. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>