'Slumdog Millionaire' jumps 33% in Britain

Will Smith’s “Seven Pounds” carried the most weight at the weekend’s foreign box office with $19.8 million at 3,502 playdates in 25 markets.

Awards season contender “Slumdog Millionaire” highlighted the frame as its British take jumped 33% to $3.6 million to lead in the U.K.

“Seven Pounds” pulled in its top numbers from Spain with $4.2 million — the best launch in nine months in that market — and from its second Italian frame with $3.4 million, off 42%. It also posted second-place openings in France with $3 million, where it trailed the second weekend of “Twilight,” and in the U.K. with $2.4 million.  

Sony’s cumed $40.8 million from “Seven Pounds” in international markets while still early in its run to go along with $69 million domestically.

Overall business stayed moderate in the wake of the end of the holidays and school vacations. In the same frame a year ago, Smith’s “I Am Legend” led the international pack with $28.7 million. 

The “Pounds” victory ended a four-weekend winning streak by Paramount’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” which pulled in $8.3 million at 6,054 in 61 markets, pushing the toon’s foreign cume to $380 million.

Summit’s “Twilight” put the bite on $13 million at 3,456 for a $135 million foreign total.

Warner Bros. “Yes Man” continued to receive positive international response with $12 million at 3,200 in four dozen markets, led by a $2.7 million Russian launch, for $67 million cume.

Fox’s “Australia” remained a respectable player in foreign mulitplexes with $10.3 million at 4,750 in 56 markets, led by a $2.7 million launch in Italy. International support is helping to salvage Baz Luhrmann’s epic with $118.5 million outside the United States — $70 million higher than the disappointing domestic total.

Fox also saw “Bride Wars” romance its way to $6.2 million at 1,100 in 16 markets, led by a No. 1 launch in Australia with $2.2 million, nearly double the opening of “Role Models.” “Wars” also declined only 23% to $2 million in its second British frame.

Adam Sandler’s “Bedtime Stories” showed some life with $4.5 million at 3,400 in 25 markets, all from holdover business, to push the family comedy’s foreign cume to $68 million.  

The weekend saw a smattering of launches and expansions among Oscar contenders, ahead of Thursday’s nominations announcement. “Slumdog” opened in fourth in France with $1.4 million and Paramount’s “Revolutionary Road” drove to $2.4 million at 513 in five openings, led by $1.4 million in Germany.

“Doubt” generated a solid $675,000 at 110 in its first openings in five markets, led by $410,000 in Australia; “Milk” took in $280,000 at 118 in its second Spanish frame; “Frost/Nixon” grossed $210,000 at 117 in four markets for a $1.3 million cume.

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