'Earth' is No. 1 overseas

Sci-fi remake projected to finish first in 53 of 90 markets

Backed by 7,700 screens in 90 territories, 20th Century Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" took command of the overseas market during the weekend with a $39 million gross as the major studios vied for positioning for the upcoming holiday season.

Fox International said it is projecting No. 1 market shares for the day-and-date release in 53 of 90 markets.

Russia, with $5.6 million from 721 screens, was "Earth's" biggest No. 1 supporter, followed by the U.K. ($4.1 million from 466 with previews), Spain ($2.9 million from 468) and Italy ($2.5 million).

France ($3.3 million from 606), Mexico ($2.9 million from 1,121) and Germany ($2.7 from 804) welcomed the remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic in second place.

"The opening of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' is a great start for Fox International this holiday season," co-chairmen Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus said. "With the key markets of Japan, Korea, Australia and Brazil still to come, we look forward to a terrific run."

"Earth" markets that missed the No. 1 position in weekend openings all placed No. 2 to Paramount/DreamWorks' animated "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," which registered a weekend gross of $33.6 million from 5,338 locations in 46 territories, lifting its foreign gross to $172.7 million. "Madagascar 2" opened in 11 new markets, topped by Brazil's $4 million bow at No. 1.

Strong holdovers also helped the film, with Germany bringing in $20.6 million in two weeks, followed by France's $16.2 million, the U.K.'s $15 million and Mexico's $9.2 million.

James Bond also remained a force at the international boxoffice, with Sony's "Quantum of Solace" raising its overseas cume to $367 million after a weekend take of $5.2 million from 4,200 screens in 70 markets.

Disney Animation's "Bolt" pulled in $4.1 million from 1,942 screens in 11 countries (cume: $28 million), while Disney/Pixar's "WALL-E," playing its final territory, held the No. 1 position for a second weekend in Japan, tallying $4 million from 350 screens for a market cume of $12 million. Its international cume has reached $276.8 million.

Also during the weekend, New Line's "Four Christmases" brought in $3.8 million from 1,130 screens in 18 markets, holding at No. 3 in the U.K. with $1.7 million from 420 screens for a market cume of $9.9 million. Its international gross is $15.7 million.

At the same time, New Line's "Inkheart" debuted to $3.1 million from 992 screens in four markets. The U.K. opened at No. 3 with $1.1 million from 407 screens.

Universal's "Burn After Reading" grossed an estimated $3.6 million from 819 screens in 22 markets for a cume of $78.5 million.

Warner Bros.' "Body of Lies" grossed $3.9 million from 2,200 screens in 53 markets (cume: $58 million), while Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" took in $2.7 million from 2,496 screens in 32 markets (cume: $145.3 million).
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