"Avatar" top film overseas for 10th weekend

Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:17am EST
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By Frank Segers

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Showing minimal box office fatigue at the foreign box office, "Avatar" logged a 10th consecutive weekend at No. 1 after a $51 million round.

Director James Cameron's record-setting blockbuster has earned $1.78 billion internationally, with its worldwide tally weighing in at $2.47 billion. In addition to its worldwide record in current dollars, "Avatar" has now beaten 1997's "Titanic's" global box office milestone on an inflation-adjusted basis as well.

The top market remains France where "Avatar" claimed $6.3 million on the weekend, raising its local total to $165.1 million.

Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," which opened No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada, also earned $9.1 million in nine overseas markets. Spain ($3.4 million) led the way, followed by Australia ($2.5 million) and Russia ($1.3 million).

"Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" was No. 3 overall with a $23.2 million weekend; its foreign total rose to $67.9 million. "Valentine's Day" was a close No. 3 after seducing $23 million, taking its total to $71.3 million.

"The Wolfman" was No. 4 after scaring up $16 million. Its overseas total rose to $46.7 million. "The Princess and the Frog" grabbed the No. 5 slot after a $12.1 million weekend; its overseas total rose to $131.5 million.

Opening in 15 new markets was "The Lovely Bones," which generated $7.2 million on the weekend from a total of 21 territories. Director Peter Jackson's fantasy thriller opened at No. 4 in the U.K. ($2.7 million). Its international total stands at $25.4 million.

Other foreign totals: "Sherlock Holmes," $266 million; "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $215.5 million; "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs," $107.7 million; "It's Complicated," $84.4 million; "Invictus," $63 million. "The Tooth Fairy," $36.4 million; and "Fantastic Mr. Fox," $21.6 million.

<p>Director of the movie James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis pose at the premiere of "Avatar" at the Mann's Grauman Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>