Overseas boxoffice is on the 'Button'


With 13 Oscar nominations and three BAFTA wins, Warner Bros.' "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" stepped out as the No. 1 film on the international circuit during the weekend, garnering an estimated $31 million from 5,126 screens in 47 markets.

The David Fincher-directed film hit its stride overseas with a No. 1 opening in Spain ($5 million in three days from 459 sites), a No. 1 debut in Paris (with a France total of $5.1 million over five days from 566 screens), and a No. 2 bow in Japan ($3.6 million in two days from 426 screens).

Notable was "Button''s" No. 1 opening in the all-important U.K. territory, where it earned $3.2 million in three days from 476 spots.

The weekend's No. 1 domestic title, Warner Bros.' "He's Just Not That Into You," opened at No. 2 in the U.K., grossing $2.7 million from 376 screens.

At No. 2 overall was Fox's release of United Artists' "Valkyrie," the World War II drama starring Tom Cruise that had been No. 1 overseas the previous two frames. The latest stanza at 4,267 screens in 37 markets produced $11.3 million, pushing the film's overseas cume to $56.7 million.

Disney Animation's "Bolt," up for an animated film Oscar, finished at No. 3 with $9.6 million from 3,150 screens in 31 markets for a cume of $111 million. Notable were No. 1 openings in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and a No. 2 bow in France ($3.9 million from 400 screens).

DreamWorks/Paramount's "Revolutionary Road" tallied $6.3 million from 2,699 screens in 47 markets, finishing at No. 4 for the weekend. The international gross for the Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet film is $37 million.