Magazine article Screen International

Weekly International Box Office Oct 15 - 17

Magazine article Screen International

Weekly International Box Office Oct 15 - 17

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After a cleverly protracted rollout Despicable Me finally makes it to number one on the international chart in its 15th week.

Universal's animated comedy took $27m from 4,751 screens for a $5,689 screen average.

Pierre Coffin's feature, which began its international rollout in June, achieved top spot despite playing in 24 territories less than second place Eat Pray Love and has still to reach Portugal, Belgium, Japan and Hungary.

The only recent precedent for Despicable Me's 14 week ascent to the summit is fellow animated comedy Up, which last October clawed its way to number one in its 20th week.

In its second week Sony's The Social Network jumped 15 places to third on the international chart thanks to 13 new openings. David Fincher's drama made $13m at an average of $7,338 in only 18 territories, 46 fewer than second placed Eat Pray Love. The Facebook drama has still to open in Japan, Brazil, Russia, South Korea and Italy.

Rio Filmes' action sequel Elite Squad 2 held firm in its second week only dropping one place to sixth. …

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