Magazine article Screen International

Inception Returns to the Top Overseas, Crosses $400M

Magazine article Screen International

Inception Returns to the Top Overseas, Crosses $400M

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Inception used the full force of the Chinese market to reclaim the international crown with panache as its dwarfed its Hollywood competition and crossed $400m.

Warner Bros Pictures International's sci-fi thriller added an estimated $22.6m from 8,864 screens in 60 markets in the eighth weekend of release to elevate the tally to $417.6m.

China results will be reported on Monday [6]. Inception added a further $1m in Germany in its sixth weekend for $30.9m, while latest figures put the UK as the biggest territory on $52.4m after eight, followed by Japan on $38.5m after seven.

After seven weeks the film has amassed $36.6m in France, $31.4m in South Korea, $29.6m in Australia, $21.3m in Russia and $8.8m in Mexico. Spain and Brazil have generated $18.2m and $8.3m after five, respectively. Italy will be the final major market on September 24.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore added $3.9m from nearly 3,500 screens in 48 territories for an estimated cumulative total of $50.6m. The family film is scheduled to arrive in Australia on September 16, South Korea on September 16, and Italy on September 17.

Angelina Jolie continues to pull the crowds in overseas as Sony Pictures Releasing International reported a $9.2m weekend from 4,000 screens in 64 markets for Salt, elevating the spy thriller to $147m.

Highlights included a $2.2m number one hold in the second weekend in France from 542 for $8m, and $1.3m from 302 in Australia. The film added $840,000 in the UK from 397 for $9m after three weekends, and $800,000 in Germany from 507 for $6m after the same amount of time. The film stands at $22.4m in Japan after six and $6.6m in Spain after three.

The Karate Kid added $8.4m from 3,365 in 44 for $157.2m and took $1.9m in the second weekend in Spain from 468 for $7.9m. It added $1.6m in Brazil from 377 for $4.6m after two and launched in Italy in third place on $1.1m from 326. Japan has delivered $13.6m after six weeks.

Grown Ups added $4.1m from 2,080 in 54 markets to reach $78.1m and added $1.5m in its second weekend in the UK from 413 for $6.7m.

DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Forever After has become the highest grossing film in the Shrek franchise overseas as a further $4.7m through PPI from 2,661 sites in 61 territories raised the running total to $480.7m, compared to Shrek 2's final gross of $478.5m and Shrek the Third's $476.2m.

Most of the action came from the second weekend in Italy, where Shrek Forever After stayed top on $2.8m from 472 for $13.4m.

Last weekend's champion The Last Airbender grossed $8.7m from 5,101 sites in 52 international markets for $138.8m. The family adventure opened top in Poland on $451,000 from 92 and added $2.3m in its second weekend in Mexico for $8.6m. Germany grossed $1.2m in its third weekend for $11.4m.

Australian production Tomorrow When The War Began opened top in Australia and New Zealand on $3.7m from 230 and $271,000 from 5,3 respectively. This was the third highest launch for an Australian production in Australia, a result that will please Inferno Entertainment, which holds international rights and commences talks with buyers in Toronto later this week. …

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