"Legend" holds on to lead at foreign box office

Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:28pm EST
 
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By Hy Hollinger

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Four films tallied over $10 million each at the foreign box office last weekend, led by reigning champ "I Am Legend" with $39.8 million, according to final data issued Monday.

The Will Smith smash was followed by "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" ($15 million), "Alien vs. Predator" ($13.6 million) and "Alvin and the Chipmunks" ($10.1 million).

"The Golden Compass" and "Enchanted" each earned $8.2 million, "Bee Movie" came in with $6.6 million and "American Gangster" $6.5 million. ("Compass" had issued a $15 million estimate on Sunday.)

In the specialty market, "Into the Wild" arrived at No. 1 in France with $2.1 million, and "Charlie Wilson's War" opened at No. 3 in the U.K. with $2.6 million. "Juno" will kick off its international campaign this weekend in Australia.

"I Am Legend" opened at No. 1 in Germany with $10.7 million, and in Italy with $8.6 million, dominating both markets. After three weeks at No. 1 in the U.K., the sci-fi thriller has earned $43.6 million. Other big contributors to the film's $221.4 million foreign total include Japan ($33.4 million), France ($25 million), Spain ($17 million) and Australia ($16 million).

"National Treasure," which has yet to open in such countries as the U.K., France and Germany, climbed to $126.8 million internationally. Top markets include Japan ($18.8 million), Russia ($12.6 million), and Italy ($12.8 million).

"Alien vs. Predator" advanced to $53.2 million, with help from No. 1 openings in Russia ($3.8 million) and Spain ($2.4 million).

"Alvin and the Chipmunks" lifted its total to $80.9 million following openings in Poland, Egypt and Serbia/Montenegro and solid holdovers in the U.K. ($14.4 million), Germany ($7.7 million) and Mexico ($9 million).

Other foreign totals: "Enchanted," $151.1 million; "The Golden Compass," $240.4 million; "Bee Movie," $142.2 million; "American Gangster," $81.2 million; "Beowulf," $111.4 million; and "P.S. I Love You," $20.9 million;

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Will Smith during a photocall to promote his new film "I Am Legend" in Mexico City, January 11, 2008. REUTERS/ Henry Romero</p>