'Valkyrie' retains overseas b.o. crown

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"Valkyrie," starring Tom Cruise as a rebellious Nazi officer, emerged at No. 1 on the international circuit for a second consecutive weekend, grossing an estimated $18.6 million from 3,900 screens in 26 markets and raising its overseas cumulative total to $38.9 million.

The MGM/UA production, handled overseas by Fox and local distributors, opened in 15 markets, finishing on top in at least five, including (via TFM) France ($1.6 million from 300 spots) and Spain ($2.8 million from 400 locations). In Russia, the film's opening-weekend take was $1.9 million from 520 screens.

In Germany, where "Valkyrie" was filmed, its second weekend produced $2.3 million from 400 locations, lifting its market total to $7.3 million, the largest for any overseas territory the film has played. The film's South Korea market cume, also after two frames, is $6.3 million.

At No. 2 for the weekend was Warner Bros.' "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which grossed $11.5 million from 2,271 screens in 24 markets, pushing its foreign cume to $37.7 million.

The Brad Pitt vehicle opened at No. 1 in Germany ($4.6 million from 635 sites), Austria and Switzerland, per Warners, and is vying for the top spot in the Netherlands. Openings in five key markets, including the U.K. and Japan, are set for this week.

Meanwhile, "Slumdog Millionaire" continues to do gangbusters business overseas. Distributed in many territories by Pathe, it held the No. 3 spot during its third weekend in Paris and its suburbs and finished No. 1 for a fourth consecutive frame in the U.K., where it tallied $3.4 million — down only 12% from the previous fram — for a market cume of $18 million.
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