EmptyWarner Bros.' "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" remained atop the international boxoffice for a third consecutive weekend, garnering $19.6 million from 5,500 screens in 60 markets and reinforcing its status as the biggest overseas grosser among the multiple-Oscar nominees.
The David Fincher-directed film's foreign total since its Dec. 26 opening in Australia is $152 million.
"Slumdog Millionaire," draped with 10 Oscar nominations, is playing through various distributors in at least five markets and has tallied an estimated $55 million during a seven-week period internationally. The U.K. and France have contributed nearly $40 million of the total.
Among the other best picture nominees, "Milk" has a foreign boxoffice total of $9.2 million and "The Wrestler" about $5.3 million since their foreign premieres Jan. 9. The Spain debut of "Wrestler" during the weekend via Universal produced $400,000 from 155 screens, and it was No. 8 in Paris and the surrounding areas.
"The Reader" has tallied an estimated $10 million during two months on the international circuit, with about $6.8 million from the U.K., where it ranked No. 15 during the weekend.
"Frost/Nixon" entered the international arena Dec. 26 in Australia and has rolled up a total of $7 million. During the weekend, it played 400 locations in 38 markets and drew $400,000.
Disney Animation's "Bolt" is still running. The weekend provided a strong $12.1 million — making it the No. 2 overseas title — from 3,800 screens in 40 markets, good for an international total of $155.2 million. It remained No. 1 in the U.K., Holland, Belgium, Sweden and Norway and was the top U.S. title in France (No. 3 in Paris).
Other strong weekend finishers included Fox International's "Valkyrie" from United Artists, which claimed the No. 3 spot with $7.5 million from 4,350 screens in 57 markets and lifted its cume to $83 million. New Line's romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You" finished fourth and tallied $7.2 million from 2,237 sites in 25 territories for a cume of $32 million.
At No. 5 was Disney's "Confessions of a Shopaholic," the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy based on a pair of Sophie Kinsella books, which opened at No. 2 in the U.K. and garnered $6.4 million overall from 1,250 screens in 10 markets. Its overseas cume after 10 days is $10.3 million.