Magazine article Screen International

Weekly International Box Office April 22-24

Magazine article Screen International

Weekly International Box Office April 22-24

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Rio made it a hat-trick of number one performances atop the international box office

Fox's animation-comedy Rio continued to dominate on the international scene grossing $45m from a mighty 12,901 screens at a screen average of $3,487.

Carlos Saldanha's latest currently stands at $208.2m and is still going strong in 67 territories.

Universal's Fast and the Furious Five debuted in second, speeding to an excellent $23m from only four territories. The latest in the franchise took a brilliant $24,405 from 959 screens, and opens widely in the coming weeks.

The international opening bodes well for Justin Lin's latest given that the previous instalment opened in 28 more territories for only $7m more in 2009.

Germany, Russia and Spain will be among the major territories to get the film's full throttle this weekend.

US dominance at the head of the international chart was disrupted by third placed Chinese fantasy reboot A Chinese Ghost Story, which took $11.2m for Huaxia at a peerless screen average of $31,514 from 355 screens across China.

Wilson Yip, director of the hit IP Man franchise, takes the reins in the story of a tax collector who falls in love with a female ghost. …

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