"Valkyrie" maintains hold on overseas box office

Mon Feb 2, 2009 2:28pm EST
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By Frank Segers

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Valkyrie," starring Tom Cruise as a rebellious Nazi officer, emerged at No. 1 on the international circuit for a second consecutive weekend, grossing an estimated $18.6 million from 3,900 screens in 26 markets and raising its overseas cumulative total to $38.9 million.

The MGM/UA production, handled overseas by 20th Century Fox and other local distributors, opened in 15 markets, finishing on top in at least five, including France and Spain.

In Germany, where "Valkyrie" was filmed, its second weekend produced $2.3 million from 400 locations, lifting its market total to $7.3 million, the largest for any overseas territory the film has played.

At No. 2 during the weekend was Warner Bros.' "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which grossed $11.5 million from 2,271 screens in 24 markets, pushing its foreign gross to $37.7 million.

The Brad Pitt vehicle -- which leads this year's Academy Awards nominations with 13 -- opened at No. 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, per Warners, and is vying for the top spot in the Netherlands.

The No. 3 title overseas, DreamWorks/Paramount's "Revolutionary Road," opened in 25 new markets and rolled up $11 million from 2,928 screens in 44 territories. The international total for the domestic drama -- nominated for three Oscars -- stands at $26.2 million.

Placing fourth was Warners' Jim Carrey comedy "Yes Man," which collected $8.5 million from about 3,500 screens in 56 territories -- including a first-place premiere in Mexico -- lifting its overseas gross to $96.5 million.

The No. 5 film, Sony's "Seven Pounds," starring Will Smith, pushed its overseas total to $72 million thanks to an $8.2 million weekend from 2,905 screens in 33 markets.   Continued...

<p>Tom Cruise poses at the premiere of the movie "Valkyrie" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>