You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Beowulf’ wins overseas box office

'American Gangster' continues strong run

“Beowulf” easily conquered the foreign box office, dominating the weekend with $26 million at 5,400 playdates in 43 markets for its second straight international victory.

The frame also saw continued solid offshore performance on far fewer screens by “American Gangster” with $11 million at 1,569 in 16 territories — including wins over “Beowulf” in head-to-head competition. Domestic leader “Enchanted” posted a respectable day-and-date foreign debut with $7 million at 1,000 in eight markets.

Disney’s “Ratatouille” hit a milestone as it cooked up $3.9 million at 3,032 in 26 markets to push its foreign take to $401.3 million. It became the 28th pic to go past $400 million in foreign grosses and the fifth this year along with the third iterations of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Spider-Man 3” and “Shrek the Third” and the fifth “Harry Potter” pic.

With that quintet banking $2.6 billion in foreign grosses, the six leading Hollywood studios have already broken last year’s $8.6 billion record with more than a month left.

“Beowulf,” which more than doubled its foreign run, scored best in its Russian launch with a first-place $4.3 million, 20% better than “Van Helsing.” It notched second-place finishes in its Spanish opening with $3.2 million, trailing “Enchanted,” and its second British weekend with $3 million behind the soph sesh of “American Gangster.”

In a French frame held down by a public transport strike, “Beowulf” put the bite on $2 million in its launch but trailed the second frame of “American Gangster” and the “Saw IV” debut. It won in Mexico with a $1.9 million opening, stayed in first in South Korea with $1.4 million and trailed “American Gangster” for the second weekend in a row in Germany with $1.4 million.

The animated re-telling of the epic poem, handled by Warner Bros. internationally, has cumed $48.5 million overseas for a combined worldwide total of $105 million. With little competition on the action front until “I Am Legend” opens in mid-December, “Beowulf” should remain a decent draw for several more weeks with openings next frame in Australia, Brazil and Japan.

“American Gangster” showed impressive holding power in its second frames in the U.K. with $3.7 million, off 29%; in France with $2.5 million, down 29%; and in Germany with $2.1 million, down 24%. The Denzel Washington-Russell Crowe drama also won in openings in Norway and Sweden and has cumed $30.7 million in the early part of its foreign run.

“Enchanted” conjured up a first-place $3.7 million in Spain, $1.8 million in Russia and $706,000 in Singapore. Disney’s opting for a gradual release, going into France and Switzerland next weekend and opening in most markets by the end of the year.

Paramount’s “The Heartbreak Kid” continued to perform decently overseas with $7.5 million at 2,006 in 43 markets, led by a first place Australian launch of $2.1 million. “Kid” has hit $62 million internationally, or 26 million above the disappointing domestic cume.

U’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” stayed along a similar track, reigning in $4.7 million at 1,582 in 20 markets to push foreign cume to $28.8 million, nearly double the Stateside total.

Fox continued to see only moderate international returns for “Lions for Lambs” with $4.4 million at 2,500 in its third foreign frame. Offshore cume has hit $25 million, $11 million higher than the dismal domestic total.

“Saw IV” scared up another $4 million in 29 markets, led by its French launch, to push its foreign cume to $42.5 million in the middle of its foreign run. The “Saw” quartet has combined for a solid $235 million internationally.

Scare fare also has worked overseas with “Resident Evil Extinction” taking in $2.2 million at 1,125 to lift the foreign cume to $89.6 million. The three “Resident” zombie pics have combined for $230 million overseas.

U’s “Bourne Ultimatum” also cleared a milestone with $2.4 million at 847 to push its foreign take to $207.8 million — more than the combined international take of the previous two “Bourne” pics.

More Film

  • Oscar-Nominated Film Editor Edward Abroms Dies

    Oscar-Nominated Film Editor Edward Abroms Dies at 82

    “Beowulf” easily conquered the foreign box office, dominating the weekend with $26 million at 5,400 playdates in 43 markets for its second straight international victory. The frame also saw continued solid offshore performance on far fewer screens by “American Gangster” with $11 million at 1,569 in 16 territories — including wins over “Beowulf” in head-to-head […]

  • Sam Rockwell

    Film News Roundup: Sam Rockwell to Voice Gorilla in Angelina Jolie's 'One and Only Ivan'

    “Beowulf” easily conquered the foreign box office, dominating the weekend with $26 million at 5,400 playdates in 43 markets for its second straight international victory. The frame also saw continued solid offshore performance on far fewer screens by “American Gangster” with $11 million at 1,569 in 16 territories — including wins over “Beowulf” in head-to-head […]

  • Meryl Streep Harvey Weinstein Jennifer Lawrence

    Harvey Weinstein Apologizes for Citing Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence in Legal Defense

    “Beowulf” easily conquered the foreign box office, dominating the weekend with $26 million at 5,400 playdates in 43 markets for its second straight international victory. The frame also saw continued solid offshore performance on far fewer screens by “American Gangster” with $11 million at 1,569 in 16 territories — including wins over “Beowulf” in head-to-head […]

  • Berlin 2018 Review: Sunday's Illness

    Berlin Film Review: 'Sunday's Illness'

    “Beowulf” easily conquered the foreign box office, dominating the weekend with $26 million at 5,400 playdates in 43 markets for its second straight international victory. The frame also saw continued solid offshore performance on far fewer screens by “American Gangster” with $11 million at 1,569 in 16 territories — including wins over “Beowulf” in head-to-head […]

  • Goosebumps Sequel Cast

    'Goosebumps' Sequel Sets Ensemble Cast

    “Beowulf” easily conquered the foreign box office, dominating the weekend with $26 million at 5,400 playdates in 43 markets for its second straight international victory. The frame also saw continued solid offshore performance on far fewer screens by “American Gangster” with $11 million at 1,569 in 16 territories — including wins over “Beowulf” in head-to-head […]

  • Jodie Foster Sterling K Brown

    Jodie Foster-Sterling K. Brown's 'Hotel Artemis' Gets Distribution

    “Beowulf” easily conquered the foreign box office, dominating the weekend with $26 million at 5,400 playdates in 43 markets for its second straight international victory. The frame also saw continued solid offshore performance on far fewer screens by “American Gangster” with $11 million at 1,569 in 16 territories — including wins over “Beowulf” in head-to-head […]

  • Alexandre Desplat

    Will Alexandre Desplat Take Home Another Oscar? A History of Score Wins

    “Beowulf” easily conquered the foreign box office, dominating the weekend with $26 million at 5,400 playdates in 43 markets for its second straight international victory. The frame also saw continued solid offshore performance on far fewer screens by “American Gangster” with $11 million at 1,569 in 16 territories — including wins over “Beowulf” in head-to-head […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content