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'The Three Musketeers' Battles Past $50 Million Mark Worldwide

Rolf Konow/Summit Entertainment

Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D take on the classic swashbuckler opens in the U.S. Friday.

COLOGNE, Germany –The Three Musketeers, Paul W. S. Anderson’s 3D adaptation of the adventure classic, stumbled on its first box office thrust but has regained its feet and parried to a global take of $50 million and counting. The film, which stars Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom and Milla Jovovich, opened to a disappointing $3.4 million in its world premiere in Germany last month, hurt by the unseasonably warm weather that kept auds out at the beer gardens instead of inside the theaters. Musketeers held steady in Germany, with revenues falling just 13 per cent on its second weekend, but its $16 million take in the territory is still below initial expectations.

Musketeers’ international roll out has been stronger, however, with a respectable $2 million opening in the U.K, $1.5 million in Spain and $1.8 million in France. In several territories, including Italy, Brazil and Turkey, the film opened atop the local box office charts.

Whether that bodes well for Summit Entertainment’s U.S. bow of Musketeers this weekend is a matter of debate. American critics have panned Anderson’s Pirates of the Carribean-esque take on the Alexandre Dumas tale - Musketeers scored a mere 25 percent on rottentomatoes.com.

But the critics also hated Anderson’s Resident Evil: Afterlife and it went on to gross $300 million worldwide.