Around-the-World Roundup: 'Inception' Rolls On Unabated
by Ray Subers
August 10, 2010
Topping the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row, there was no slowing down Inception. Toy Story 3 also continued to perform well and appears poised to reach the $1 billion mark worldwide (domestic plus foreign).
Inception was down just 13 percent to $47.8 million in 61 markets. This included a $4.5 million opening in Spain and a $2 million start in Brazil. In less than a month in theaters, Inception has earned $251.2 million overseas for a worldwide total of $478.2 million.
Toy Story 3 continued its phenomenal run this weekend, off 25 percent to $29.4 million in 49 territories, which represents 97 percent of the international marketplace. It's only major opening this weekend was in South Korea, where it debuted to $4.8 million. In the United Kingdom, it added another $7.7 million and became that nation's highest-grossing animated movie ever with a $78 million tally. Toy Story 3 has made $498.7 million overseas, bringing its worldwide haul to $895 million. It topped Finding Nemo to become Pixar's highest-grossing movie ever and moved to 16th place on the all-time worldwide chart.
Salt dipped 30 percent to a $17.2 million in 39 markets. Noteworthy openings came from Mexico ($1.4 million) and Singapore ($1.1 million). Through its third weekend, the Angelina Jolie spy thriller has earned $62.9 million overseas.
Adam Sandler ensemble comedy Grown Ups had its best overseas weekend thus far, grossing $13.7 million in 30 territories. Most of that came from openings in Germany ($5.1 million), Russia ($2.5 million) and Austria ($941,929). The comedy's foreign total rose to $34.5 million.
The Last Airbender earned $12.1 million in 24 territories for a total of $54.6 million. This includes solid debuts in Spain ($3.1 million), Malaysia ($1.3 million) and Singapore ($1 million).
Adding $11.3 million in 47 territories, Knight & Day showed few signs of slowing down. It had a decent $3.7 million debut in the U.K., though that was less than half of what star Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible III opened to back in 2006. On Sunday, Knight & Day crossed the $200 million mark overseas.
Shrek Forever After was close behind, grossing $10.8 million to bring its overseas total to an impressive $428.7 million. Despicable Me found another $10.1 million for a $43.6 million total, though it hasn't yet played in most major markets.