"Asterix" still going strong at foreign box office

Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:37am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Asterix at the Olympic Games" took the gold medal at the foreign box office for a second consecutive weekend Sunday with estimated sales of $18 million from six countries.

The third installment in the popular series about a feisty Gallic warrior premiered at No. 1 in Spain with $2.8 million, and at No. 2 in Italy with $1.7 million. In its native France, "Asterix" held at No. 1 with about $11 million. The film's foreign total stands at about $56 million.

The horror film "Cloverfield" was second internationally, with $14.3 million from 46 territories. It opened at No. 2 in France with $3.3 million.

In third place was "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" with $10.1 million from 43 markets, including a No. 1 bow with $4.8 million in the U.K. Its foreign booty rose to $183.5 million. "I Am Legend," was No. 4 with $9 million from 55 territories for an overseas total of $316.6 million.

Four-time Oscar nominee "Juno" drew $8.7 million from 15 markets, enough to qualify for fifth place. The comedy's international total stands at $17.7 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Italian actress Vanessa Hessler poses for the media to promote her movie "Asterix at the Olympic games" in Munich January 16, 2008. REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>