"Sarah" leads slow foreign box office

Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:57am EDT
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By Hy Hollinger

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The raunchy comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" grabbed top honors at the foreign box office last weekend, earning a modest $7 million from nine territories, according to final data issued Monday.

The top five films tallied $29.5 million, one of the lowest sums of the year, but the industry is gearing up for the release of "Iron Man" in 55 markets Tuesday through Sunday. the superhero saga opens on Friday in North America.

In subsequent weeks, "Speed Racer," "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" will crowd movie theaters.

"Sarah," meanwhile, hit the peak in the U.K. with $4.3 million, and it held the top rung in Australia for a second weekend. It also opened at No. 1 in Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Last weekend's foreign champ, the gambling caper, "21," came in second with $6.1 million from 28 markets to lift its international total to $30.7 million.

"Street Kings" moved up a notch to third place with $6 million from 45 markets, reaching a total of $19.8 million. The long-running family favorite "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" took fourth place, hoisting its foreign gross to $126.3 million following a $5.3 million weekend from 45 countries.

"Fool's Gold" rounded out the top tier with $5 million from 41 markets to raise its total to $26.5 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" writer and cast member Jason Segel poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles April 10, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello</p>