'Valkyrie' repeats atop overseas boxoffice

Tom Cruise pic adds $18.6 mil to int'l haul

"Valkyrie," starring Tom Cruise as a rebellious Nazi officer, has emerged as the No. 1 title on the international circuit for a second consecutive weekend, grossing an estimated $18.6 million from 3,900 screens in 26 markets for an overseas cumulative total of $38.9 million.
The MGM/UA production, being handled internationally by 20th Century Fox and other local distributors, opened in 15 ma rkets, 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 opening-weekend take was an estimated $1.9 million from 520 screens.

In Germany, where "Valkyrie" was filmed, the second weekend produced an estimated $2.3 million from 400 locations, lifting its market total to $7.3 million, the largest so far of any overseas territory the film has played. The South Korea market cume also after two frames stands at $6.3 million.
Finishing in the No. 2 spot was Warners' "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which grossed $12.1 million from 2,335 screens in 25 markets, pushing its foreign gross total to $38.3 million.
The Brad Pitt vehicle opened at No. 1 in Germany ($4.6 million from 635 sites), Austria and Switzerland, according to Warners, and is vying for the top spot in Holland. Openings in five key markets, including the U.K. and Japan, are due this week.
The No. 3 title, DreamWorks/Paramount's "Revolutionary Road," opened in 18 new markets, rolling up an overall weekend figure of $10.1 million from 2,595 screens in 33 territories. International cume for the domestic drama -- which earned three Oscar nominations, including a best supporting actor bid for Michael Shannon -- stands at $25.2 million.
Finishing fourth was Warners' "Yes Man," which collected $9.3 million from 3,525 screens in 57 territories, lifting its overseas cume to $97.4 million. A No. 1 Mexico premiere produced $1.3 million from 690 sites. In fifth place was Sony's "Seven Pounds," starring Will Smith, which pushed its overseas cume to $71.7 million thanks to an estimated $8 million weekend at 2,913 screens in 33 markets.

Just outside the top five was Summit International's "Twilight," which garnered $6.8 million from 3,028 screens in 57 territories. Overseas cume to date for the teen vampire favorite is $160.4 million. Notable was the film's fourth consecutive No. 1 finish in France, where it has collected a total of $15.3 million so far.

Fox's comedy "Bride Wars" grabbed an estimated $4.6 million from 1,600 screens in 30 markets for a cume of $24 million. The same distributor's epic "Australia" came in with an estimated $4.5 million from 2,500 spots in 41 territories (including China) for an overseas cume to date of $138.1 million.

With its 10 Oscar bids, "Slumdog Millionaire" continues gangbuster overseas.
The Danny Boyle title via Pathe held the No. 3 spot in its third weekend in Paris and suburbs and drew $1.2 million at 184 screens from the market overall for a France cume of $4,4 million. "Slumdog"also finished (via Pathe) No. 1 for the fourth consecutive frame in the U.K., where it tallied an estimated $3.4 million -- down just 16% from the prior frame -- from 416 situations for a market cume of $20.6 million.

Handling in India and one other territory is Fox, which reports "Slumdog" tallied $638,102 from 358 screens in both territories for a combined cume of $4 million.

Miramax/Disney's "Doubt," with five Oscar nominations, is beginning to step out on the international circuit. The John Patrick Shanley drama with Meryl Streep opened solidly in Spain and Italy and drew an estimated $2.1 million overall from about 496 screens in 14 territories for an early foreign cume of $3.8 million. Openings in seven key markets, including the U.K. and Germany, are on tap this coming weekend.

Focus Features/Universal's "Milk," with eight Oscar nominations, played in 10 markets highlighted by a solid opening in Australia ($248,630 including previews from 50 situations for a per-screen average of nearly $5,000. In Spain, the bio of gay activist Harvey Milk has grossed $1.4 million over 24 days. Foreign gross total stands at $5.2 million.
Director Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon," with five Oscar nominations, tallied an estimated $591,000 from 406 locations in nine markets for an early foreign gross total of $3.6 million, of which $1.9 mil lion comes from the U.K. over 10 days. A Germany opening is set for Thursday.

Universal's "Mamma Mia!" is concluding its overseas run on a high note, grossing $4.9 million in its Japan opener at 334 locations for a tuneful per-screen average of $14,671. Universal says the smash musical with Streep placed No. 2 in the market and finished 83% ahead of the opening of New Line's "Sex and the City" in Japan. "Mamma Mia!'s" total foreign tally now stands at $433.9 million.

Logging $5.3 million was Disney Animation's "Bolt," which played 2,628 screens in 29 markets for a $100 million total thus far. Openings in France, Belgium, Greece, Norway and Denmark are on tap this coming weekend.

DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" grabbed an estimated $3.3 million from 2,896 spots in 30 markets for an international cume of $394.6 million. Sony's "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" registered an estimated $2.3 million from 484 sites in 29 markets, pushing its cume to $7.4 million.

"Quantum of Solace" from Sony pushed its total foreign gross to $405.8 million thanks to an estimated $2.7 million on the weekend from 424 screens in 16 markets, with Japan providing a total of $12.7 million over the past 10 days. It remains $26.3 million shy of the overseas boxoffice record for a James Bond title set by 2006's "Casino Royale."
"Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie, passed the $50 million foreign gross mark thanks to an estimated $2.1 million weekend at 1,017 screens in 20 territories. The Clint Eastwood-directed title via Universal will play 17 new territories over the next three months, with Australia opening Friday.20Tallying an estimated $2.5 million was Disney's "Bedtime Stories." The Adam Sandler comedy played 2,638 screens in 30 markets for a cume of $80.1 million, of which $12.6 million comes from the U.K.

Other international cumes: DreamWorks/Paramount's "Hotel for Dogs," $6.5 million (thanks to a $1.4 million weekend at 712 spots in six markets); Fox's "Marley and Me," $19 million; Universal's "Role Models," $15 million (thanks to a $2.3 million weekend from 807 spots in 10 markets); Disney's "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," $34.7 million (thanks to a $2.1 million weekend at 960 screens in nine markets); Universal's "The Tale of Despereaux," $22.5 million; New Line's "Inkheart," $22.6 million; Universal's "The Unborn," $5.3 million; New Line's "Appaloosa," $7 million; Universal's "Rudo Y Cursi," $9.4 million from Mexico and Argentina only; Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still," $151 million; New Line's "Four Christmases," $42.4 million; Mandate International's "Saw V," $53.4 million; New Li ne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," $125 million; and Focus Features' Burn After Reading," $94 million.