"21" wins jackpot at foreign box office

Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:46am EDT
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By Hy Hollinger

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The gambling drama "21" narrowly ended the three-week reign of "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" at the foreign box office last weekend, according to final data issued Monday.

"21," a surprise hit in North America, earned $9.8 million, thanks to a second weekend at No. 1 in Britain with $2 million, and a No. 1 opening in Russia with $1.7 million. "Horton" followed with $9.5 million, and has now tallied $117.5 million internationally.

The Keanu Reeves cop thriller "Street Kings" collared $8.8 million, opening at No. 2 in Australia with $1.4 million. The top choice Down Under was "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" with $1.7 million, the same weekend the raunchy comedy opened at No. 2 in North America.

New North American champ "The Forbidden Kingdom," a martial arts romp starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, took in $3.2 million from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

George Clooney's domestic dud "Leatherheads" -- surprise, surprise -- is having difficulty scoring overseas. The American football comedy has earned $1.9 million in the U.K. after 10 days, but is doing better in Italy with $2.4 million in the same period. The international tally stands at $4.7 million, while the domestic total stands at $26.6 million after three weeks.

"The Golden Compass" also tanked domestically with sales of $70.1 million. But the fantasy is huge everywhere else, with a foreign haul of $292.3 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter