'Basterds' B.O. is best revenge
Even as summer came to a close at the international box office, there were still hot spots across the globe last weekend.Universal Pictures Intl.’s “Inglourious Basterds” enjoyed a noteworthy hold in its second sesh, grossing $19.9 million from 2,854 playdates in 31 territories. Film placed No. 1 for the frame internationally; foreign cume is $59.6 million. The Quentin Tarantino pic has opened in only about half the significant territories. It debuts in Spain this month, followed by Italy, Brazil, Mexico and South Korea in October. “Basterds” heads to Japan in November. Pic’s worldwide total through Aug. 30 was $132.6 million. Local films were also a draw: Japan saw $9.4 million from 374 for sci-fi manga “20th Century Boys,” while Russia saw a local success with 20th Century Fox CIS’ adventure comedy “High Security Vacations,” which opened to a roaring $8.9 million from 1,035. Fox’s 3-D toon “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” refuses to thaw. Pic zoomed back up the top 10 chart to No. 2 over the frame, grossing $16.1 million for the sesh from 5,458 playdates in 51 territories. Weekend take was led by Italy, where the family pic opened to $10.7 million. “Ice Age 3” is the top-performing film of the year at the foreign B.O. and the top toon of all time overseas. Pic has grossed $637 million at the overseas B.O. for a worldwide tally of $830.3 million. It isn’t the only 3-D toon that’s prospering. Disney’s 3-D summer entry “G-Force” ended the sesh with a foreign cume of $67.9 million and worldwide tally of $179.7 million in its sixth frame. Disney/Pixar’s “Up” grossed $6.2 million for the weekend for a foreign total of $155.5 million and worldwide haul of $445.1 million. Toon has been rolling out slowly all summer but now will pick up the pace. Among new entries over the weekend, 3-D horror pic “The Final Destination” opened to $11.6 million from 4,035 runs in five territories. Pic placed No. 3 after “Basterds” and “Ice Age 3.” In North America, “Final Destination” debuted to $27.4 million, the best for the franchise. Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” jumped the $900 million mark at the worldwide box office with a cume of $905.4 million through Aug. 31. Paramount’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” has made virtually as much overseas as it has domestically. Through Aug. 31, film’s foreign and domestic tallies were $131 million and $132.2 million, respectively.