January 5, 2009 / 7:24 AM / 10 years ago

"Madagascar" races to $340 million overseas

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” led the foreign box office for the fourth time in five weekends as the overseas tally for the animal cartoon raced to $340 million — about $2 million more than the final total of its 2005 predecessor.

Actors Ben Stiller (L) and Chris Rock pose with the character "Alex" the lion at the State Theatre in Sydney before the Australian premier of their new film "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa", November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

“Madagascar 2,” which began its slow international rollout in late October, earned an estimated $32.2 million from 60 territories during the weekend. It opened at No. 1 in Poland with $3.8 million. Territory totals include Germany ($4 million), France ($39.5 million), and Italy.

In its second weekend on the international circuit, “Australia” drew an estimated $21.7 million from 51 territories for an international total of $82.7 million. The period epic topped the charts in Germany, Spain, Sweden and Denmark.

Third was “Bedtime Stories,” the family feature with Adam Sandler, which registered $21.2 million from 22 markets for an overseas total of $44 million.

Tied for the fourth spot were the sci-fi remake “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and the Jim Carrey comedy “Yes Man,” with each drawing an estimated $12 million. “Earth,” now in 63 territories, boasts an international total of $128.6 million. “Yes Man” has pulled in $34 million from 21 markets; it opened at No. 1 in Australia with $3 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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