December 15, 2008 / 3:41 AM / 10 years ago

"Earth" stands tall at overseas box office

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “The Day the Earth Stood Still” took command of the overseas market during the weekend, selling $39 million worth of tickets in 90 countries.

The cast and director Scott Derrickson (R) pose during the premiere of their film "The Day The Earth Stood Still" in New York December 9, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Fox said it is projecting No. 1 market shares for the day-and-date release in 53 of the 90 markets.

Russia, with $5.6 million, was “Earth’s” biggest No. 1 supporter, followed by the U.K. ($4.1 million), Spain ($2.9 million) and Italy ($2.5 million).

France ($3.3 million), Mexico ($2.9 million) and Germany ($2.7 million) welcomed the remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic in second place. In each of these countries, “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” opened at No. 1.

The cartoon sequel registered a weekend gross of $33.6 million from 46 territories, lifting its foreign gross to $172.7 million. In all, “Madagascar 2” opened in 11 new markets, topped by Brazil’s $4 million bow at No. 1.

James Bond also remained a force at the international box office, with “Quantum of Solace” raising its overseas total to $367 million after a weekend take of $5.2 million from 70 markets.

“Bolt” pulled in $4.1 million from 11 countries (foreign total: $28 million). Disney stablemate “WALL-E,” playing its final territory, held the No. 1 position for a second weekend in Japan, tallying $4 million for a market total of $12 million. Its international total has reached $276.8 million.

Also during the weekend, “Four Christmases” brought in $3.8 million from 18 markets, holding at No. 3 in the U.K. with $1.7 million. Its international gross is $15.7 million.

Other foreign totals: “Burn After Reading,” $78.5 million; “Body of Lies,” $58 million; “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” $145.3 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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