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 Kidwas 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:
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Last Weekend's Around-the-World Roundup:
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