Caveman era lasts at foreign box office

Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:57am EDT
 
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By Frank Segers

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The prehistoric epic "10,000 BC" led the foreign box office for a second weekend, as school holidays boosted sales across the board.

"10,000 BC" grossed an estimated $28.2 million from 62 territories, driving its total to $118.1 million. Key territories include director Roland Emmerich's native Germany with $7.4 million, France with $5.5 million, and Australia with $4.8 million.

Warner Bros. expects a No. 1 debut in China to provide about $5.6 million from 537 digital and 463 conventional situations, which the studio says is the widest market opening to date.

Placing a close No. 2 was domestic champ "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!" The cartoon drew $25.2 million from 49 territories. At least 10 of those were new, including the U.K. (with $6.1 million including previews) and Australia ($2.5 million). The overseas total is $50 million.

"Bienvenue chez les ch'tis," a French comedy about a postal worker relocated to an idiosyncratic northern village, earned $16.6 million -- all from its native France, where it has been the top draw for four weeks.

"The Spiderwick Chronicles" nabbed $15.6 million from 51 territories, of which 29 were new. The biggest of the fresh markets was the U.K., where the family fantasy-drama drew about $5.4 million (including previews). The film's overseas total stands at $30.1 million.

Tied for fifth position were the political thriller "Vantage Point" and the dance drama "Step Up 2 the Streets," each grossing about $8 million. "Vantage Point" played in 38 territories and hoisted its total to $52.2 million. "Step Up" played across the U.K., France, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, with the U.K. providing $4.9 million.

The horror remake "Shutter," which opened at No. 3 domestically with $10.7 million, premiered in five markets with an estimated $557,000. "Drillbit Taylor," which debuted at No. 4 domestically with $10.2 million, came up with an estimated $1.8 million from in Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter