Around-the-World Roundup: 'Inception' Still Spinning on Top

by Ray Subers

August 3, 2010

Locked in first place at the foreign box office, Inception showed no signs of slowing down over the weekend. Salt had solid debuts in a number of major territories, while Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After each passed the $400 million mark.

Inception earned an estimated $55 million from 7,610 screens in 51 markets, bringing its overseas total to $171.5 million. Its only major opening was in Germany, where it earned $7.3 million including previews. It also had another phenomenal hold in the United Kingdom, dropping 23 percent to $5 million. Through its third weekend, Inception has managed to pass the overseas total of Batman Begins to become director Christopher Nolan's second highest-grossing title ever overseas, behind The Dark Knight. With a $369.1 million worldwide total (domestic plus foreign), Inception is set to open in Spain and Brazil this week.

Toy Story 3 had another second place finish, drawing $39.1 million from 48 territories, and its holdover territories were off just 36 percent. This included a light 30 percent drop in the U.K. ($12.4 million), along with a seven percent increase in Japan ($7.1 million). Toy Story 3's international total now sits at $436.4 million, surpassing Ratatouille, and it should pass Up on Monday to become the second-highest grossing Pixar title ever overseas behind Finding Nemo ($528.2 million). Toy Story 3's worldwide sum stands at $826.1 million, good for 23rd place on the all-time chart.

In its first major weekend, Salt pulled in $24.5 million. This included a personal best opening in South Korea ($6.6 million) for Angelina Jolie, along with solid if ultimately unremarkable openings in Russia ($5 million), Japan ($4.1 million) and Brazil (S2.3 million). Through its second weekend, its overseas total is $32.97 million.

Shrek Forever After took another steep fall, dipping 43 percent to $19.5 million from 57 markets. It has now earned $405.9 million overseas (for a worldwide total of $641.7 million). Knight & Day had another solid weekend, grossing $13.5 million for an overseas total of $110 million. The Karate Kid was up 23 percent to $12.2 million, and has thus far earned a respectable $81.7 million overseas. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse continued to rapidly decline, falling 44 percent to $11.2 million for a total of $356.7 million. Despicable Me rose to $10.2 million from 20 territories for a $28.8 million total. The Last Airbender earned $9.4 million in 16 markets, tallyng $39.5 million.

Domestic Weekend Report:
Weekend Report: 'Inception' Keeps Dream Alive

Last Weekend's Around-the-World Roundup:
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