Black Swan leads foreign box office for 3rd weekend

Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:15pm EST
 
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By Frank Segers

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Films in various categories of Oscar contention took center stage at the foreign box office as "Black Swan" led the field for a third weekend.

The ballerina melodrama grossed $17 million from 45 markets, taking its tally to $122.6 million since its foreign campaign began on December 9. It will compete for five prizes at the Academy Awards later on Sunday.

"I Am Number Four" followed at No. 2 after drawing $16.3 million from 21 markets; after two weekends, the sci-fi thriller has earned $19.3 million.

A pair of Oscar contenders claimed the next two spots: "True Grit" pulled in $13.5 million from 56 markets, and award front-runner "The King's Speech" about $12 million from 40 markets.

"True Grit" opened at No. 2 in France ($3.5 million), Hong Kong and South Korea. The western's total stands at $47.1 million since it opened overseas in Australia on January 26.

Propelled by its dozen nominations -- including best picture and best actor for Colin Firth -- "The King's Speech" has earned about $142 million overseas since it opened in the U.K. on January 7.

Ranking fifth on the weekend was "Just Go With It," a romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, which grabbed 9.4 million from 19 markets, pushing its overseas total to $25.1 million.

Among other Oscar nominees, "The Social Network" is ending its foreign run with sales of about $126 million. "The Fighter" is still slugging it out overseas with an estimated $18 million. Some Oscar glory would surely benefit "127 Hours," with a four-month total of just $18.3 million from 40 markets.