"Madagascar" races to $340 million overseas

Mon Jan 5, 2009 2:19am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" led the foreign box office for the fourth time in five weekends as the overseas tally for the animal cartoon raced to $340 million -- about $2 million more than the final total of its 2005 predecessor.

"Madagascar 2," which began its slow international rollout in late October, earned an estimated $32.2 million from 60 territories during the weekend. It opened at No. 1 in Poland with $3.8 million. Territory totals include Germany ($4 million), France ($39.5 million), and Italy.

In its second weekend on the international circuit, "Australia" drew an estimated $21.7 million from 51 territories for an international total of $82.7 million. The period epic topped the charts in Germany, Spain, Sweden and Denmark.

Third was "Bedtime Stories," the family feature with Adam Sandler, which registered $21.2 million from 22 markets for an overseas total of $44 million.

Tied for the fourth spot were the sci-fi remake "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and the Jim Carrey comedy "Yes Man," with each drawing an estimated $12 million. "Earth," now in 63 territories, boasts an international total of $128.6 million. "Yes Man" has pulled in $34 million from 21 markets; it opened at No. 1 in Australia with $3 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Actors Ben Stiller (L) and Chris Rock pose with the character "Alex" the lion at the State Theatre in Sydney before the Australian premier of their new film "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa", November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>