Magazine article Variety

Stellar 'Journey' Continues O'seas

Magazine article Variety

Stellar 'Journey' Continues O'seas

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It was clear sailing for the second-straight weekend for "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," which again navigated to the top of the overseas box office. Pic grossed a resilient $27.5 million over the Feb. 17-19 weekend, pushing its worldwide cume to $130 million.

The Warner Bros.-New Line family film got an early overseas push, bowing in territories like Australia and South Korea four weeks ahead of the U.S. And later key markets, such as China and Russia, are contributing topnotch grosses.

In China, the sequel grossed $9.5 million in its second outing, while hi Russia, the pic tallied a soph-sesh take of $4. 1 million - a whopping 176% ahead of the original "Journey" in its similar local frame.

In North America, "Journey 2" held best among the domestic top 10, down justan overall 27%. Pic showed even more stickiness in Canada, falling 3%, thanks to the country's nationally recognized family day Feb. 20.

Toplining franchise newcomer Dwayne Johnson, and budgeted at a reported $79 million, the sequel already has more than recouped its production cost, grossing $183 million worldwide as of Feb. …

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