Big Japan bow puts 'Crystal Skull' back atop the foreign b.o.


Propelled by a powerhouse opening in Japan, Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" reclaimed the No. 1 spot overseas it held two weekends ago with an estimated gross of $25 million from 5,877 screens in 62 markets, lifting its total foreign take to $392 million.

"Crystal Skull" had been the No. 1 international title two frames ago before being displaced by "Sex" and then "Happening" the previous week. A No.1 Japan bow revived the latest in the Indiana Jones series with a huge $13.1 million from 325 sites — a per-screen average of $40,308.

The weekend's No. 1 domestic grosser, Warner Bros.' "Get Smart," dipped its toes in overseas waters, grossing an estimated $5.7 million from 1,082 sites — a per-screen average of $5,268 — in what Warners describes as "mostly smaller markets." The best of those was Brazil, where the update of the 1960s TV series finished No. 1 with $1.3 million from 239 situations.

Hovering close in second place overall was Marvel Prods.' "The Incredible Hulk," with an estimated take of $23.4 million from 4,700 situations in 50 territories — 12 of them new — and raising its totals to $63.3 million overseas and $159.8 million worldwide. Territories handled by distributor Universal International accounted for $57 million of the total international take. (partialdiff)