"Earth" stands tall at overseas box office

Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:39pm EST
 
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By Hy Hollinger

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Day the Earth Stood Still" took command of the overseas market during the weekend, selling $39 million worth of tickets in 90 countries.

Fox said it is projecting No. 1 market shares for the day-and-date release in 53 of the 90 markets.

Russia, with $5.6 million, was "Earth's" biggest No. 1 supporter, followed by the U.K. ($4.1 million), Spain ($2.9 million) and Italy ($2.5 million).

France ($3.3 million), Mexico ($2.9 million) and Germany ($2.7 million) welcomed the remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic in second place. In each of these countries, "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" opened at No. 1.

The cartoon sequel registered a weekend gross of $33.6 million from 46 territories, lifting its foreign gross to $172.7 million. In all, "Madagascar 2" opened in 11 new markets, topped by Brazil's $4 million bow at No. 1.

James Bond also remained a force at the international box office, with "Quantum of Solace" raising its overseas total to $367 million after a weekend take of $5.2 million from 70 markets.

"Bolt" pulled in $4.1 million from 11 countries (foreign total: $28 million). Disney stablemate "WALL-E," playing its final territory, held the No. 1 position for a second weekend in Japan, tallying $4 million for a market total of $12 million. Its international total has reached $276.8 million.

Also during the weekend, "Four Christmases" brought in $3.8 million from 18 markets, holding at No. 3 in the U.K. with $1.7 million. Its international gross is $15.7 million.

Other foreign totals: "Burn After Reading," $78.5 million; "Body of Lies," $58 million; "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," $145.3 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>The cast and director Scott Derrickson (R) pose during the premiere of their film "The Day The Earth Stood Still" in New York December 9, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>