‘G.I. Joe’ remains #1 overseas

Paramount pic has grossed $91.6 million abroad

The international box office remained testosterone-driven over the Aug. 14-16 weekend as Paramount’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” stayed at No. 1 in its second frame.

The pic grossed $26.1 million from 6,875 playdates in 49 territories for a foreign cume of $91.6 million — nearly matching the domestic cume of $98.6 million.

Worldwide tally through Aug. 16 was $202.4 million.

If the filmmakers were concerned that the “G.I. Joe” would be too U.S.-centric, the pic’s performance in its first 10 days eased those worries. Par says the film did well enough to launch a franchise.

“G.I. Joe” was the last of the 2009 summer tentpoles to bow, capping a sesh that brought several surprises.

Most had expected Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” or Par’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” to be the top grossing pics at the international B.O.

Instead, it was 20th Century Fox’s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” that stole the crown, thanks to the franchise’s enduring popularity and the added boost of 3-D.

Through Aug. 16, the 3-D toon had cumed $601.7 million at the international B.O. for a worldwide tally of $792.6 million.

“Half-Blood Prince’s” foreign cume was $578 million for a worldwide total of $861.9 mil, while “Transformers 2’s” foreign cume grew to $427.1 million for a global tally of $824.6 million.

“Up,” Disney-Pixar’s summer 3-D toon, also continues its strong run. While “Dawn of the Dinosaurs” largely opened day and date, “Up” is rolling out more slowly and into the fall.

During the Aug. 14-16 frame, “Up” grossed an estimated $10.1 million from 2,162 playdates in 22 markets for a foreign cume of $126.9 million and worldwide tally of $415.1 million. “Up” remained No. 1 in France for a third consecutive frame, bringing the cume to $21.2 million.

Universal’s Johnny Depp gangster pic “Public Enemies” may have completed its domestic run, but continues to see modest-to-good results overseas.

Directed by Michael Mann, “Public Enemies” grossed $9.2 million over the weekend for a foreign cume of $76.7 million and worldwide total of $96.3 million.

One summer tentpole making a comeback over the frame was Fox’s sequel “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” which grossed $8.7 million in its Japan launch, raising the foreign cume to $222.5 million and worldwide total to $398 million.

Given its fast start in Japan, “Battle of the Smithsonian” should have no trouble jumping the $20 million mark in that territory, though it may struggle to equal the $37.7 grossed by original “Night at the Museum.”

After “Ice Age 3,” one of the summer’s other big surprises is Warner Bros.’ R-rated comedy “The Hangover.” Through Aug. 16, the pic’s foreign cume was $136.8 million for a worldwide tally of $402.6 million. Historically, American comedies don’t travel well overseas, but “Hangover” is an exception.

The only new Hollywood studio release over the sesh was Sony’s sci-fi pic “District 9,” produced by Peter Jackson and directed by South African Neill Blomkamp. Opening day and date in 10 territories, the film grossed $7.7 million from 803 playdates, led by Russia at $4.9 million. Pic’s domestic debut took in $37.4 million for a worldwide total of $45.1 million.

David Hayhurst in Paris, Emilio Mayorga in Barcelona, Ed Meza in Berlin, Mark Schilling in Tokyo and Nick Vivarelli in Rome contributed to this report.

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