Universal pic takes $46.5 million overseas

“Fast and Furious” drove to an easy victory at the foreign box office with a healthy Easter weekend of $46.5 million at 5,118 playdates in 50 markets.

Universal’s actioner posted the top 2009 international weekend for any pic, taking in $13 million more than “Monsters Vs Aliens” scored last weekend. “Monsters” showed decent staying power in its soph sesh with $26.5 million at 7,400 in four dozen markets.

“Fast and Furious,” which took in $30 million last weekend, scored an impressive $9,085 per location as it expanded into 18 more markets. Russia led the pack with $8.6 million in the ninth best launch in that market while holdovers declined 42%.

“Fast” debuted sharply in the U.K. with $7.5 million and 33% market share, including a Friday gross of $3.4 million that represented Uni’s best Brit opening day ever. Belgium launched with $1.2 million, followed by Switzerland and the UAE with $1.1 million each, with the latter market seeing its biggest opening day of all time.

Germany led “Fast and Furious” holdovers with $3 million, off 49%, followed by Mexico with $2.3 million. “Fast and Furious” has already cumed $91 million outside the United States — only $18 million shy of “2 Fast 2 Furious,” the best foreign perfomer among the three previous entries — and looks likely to remain a strong player in coming frames with openings next weekend in Australia, China and Italy.

With domestic take at $118 million, “Fast and Furious” has hit a total $209 million worldwide.

“Monsters Vs Aliens,” which has cumed $92.7 million overseas, showed strong traction in the U.K. with a 13% hike to $4.4 million and in Spain with an 18% increase to $3.3 million. Australian coin declined only 15% to $2.1 million while French grosses edged down 4% to $1.9 million and Brazilian biz was off only 6% to $1.2 million.

With domestic “Monsters” biz at $141 million, the frame boosted the toon’s worldwide gross to $233.7 million.

Disney held off foreign launches of domestic leader “Hannah Montana,” opting to begin offshore openings in three weeks. Brit distrib Entertainment launched Zac Efron comedy “17 Again” in the U.K. in third with $3.75 million, a week ahead of its Stateside bow.

Summit’s Nicolas Cage thriller “Knowing” scared up $11 million at 2,284 in 27 markets, including a $2.2 million Spanish launch and a $1.3 million German opening. “Knowing” has cumed $40.4 million overseas for a worldwide total of $108.4 million.

Fox’s “Dragonball: Evolution” connected with $10.6 million at 4,500 in 35 markets, thanks mostly to openings in 28 territories with Spain at $2 million and Italy at $1.3 million. “Dragonball” has cumed $37 million overseas, led by China with $8.8 million after five weeks.

Disney’s “Race to Witch Mountain” led the rest of the pack with $5.2 million at 2,075 in 23 markets, led by a $1.2 million Australian opening and a $1 million Brit debut. “Race,” still early in its foreign run, has cumed $15 million overseas.

Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” took in $4 million at 2,300 to push the foreign total to $87.8 million and Fox’s “Marley and Me” fetched $3.5 million at $3.5 million at 2,600 for an international cume of $90.1 million.

Five weeks after its launch, “Watchmen” nearly disappeared with $1 million at 986 for a foreign cume $73.5 million for Paramount.

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