October 7, 2008 / 2:27 AM / 10 years ago

"Mamma Mia" still big with moms overseas

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Forget the fanboys and their comic-book movies, it’s time to hail a long-neglected fan base — the mature women who kept “Mamma Mia!” on top in the international market for the fifth week in a row. One woman in Germany is reported to have seen the ABBA-inspired musical romance more than 70 times.

Actress Amanda Seyfried arrives for the premiere of the film "Mamma Mia!" in New York, in this file photo from July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Thanks to a top-of-the-market bow in Italy ($2.6 million) and strong holdovers, “Mamma Mia!” pulled in $13.6 million over the weekend from 44 territories, lifting its foreign gross to $377 million. After 13 weeks in Britain, it ranks at No. 4 and has reached a market gross of $123.2 million. “Mamma Mia!”

Among recent newcomers, the political thriller “Eagle Eye,” added 17 markets, recording $8.2 million from a total of 26 markets and raising its total to $15 million. The Ben Stiller comedy “Tropic Thunder,” pulled in $5.1 million from 31 markets to lift its total to $49.2 million.

Disney launched its talking-dogs comedy “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” in five overseas markets day-and-date with its No. 1 domestic debut, taking in $5.1 million led by top-ranked bows in Australia ($2.6 million) and Mexico ($2 million).

New domestic dud “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” grabbed the No. 1 spot in the U.K. with $2 million. The Holocaust drama “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” led Spain for a second weekend with a 10-day take of $6.5 million.

In Japan, the local film “Suspect X,” the big-screen spin-off of Fuji TV’s detective drama “Galileo,” opened at No. 1 to an impressive $5.2 million.

In France, Laurent Cantet’s Palme D’Or winner “The Class” held on to first place for a second weekend for a two-week take of $6.1 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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