‘Valkyrie’ tops foreign box office

Pic scored best in Germany with $3.4 million

Military thriller “Valkyrie” landed atop the foreign box office, while the weekend saw only a smattering of international expansions of awards contenders in the wake of Thursday’s Oscar nominations announcement.

Highlight of the frame came from “Slumdog Millionaire,” which continued to amaze in the U.K. with a 6% hike in its third frame to $3.8 million for a $13.9 million Brit cume. “Slumdog” also posted a solid $1.9 million Indian launch for Fox, coming in second behind Sony’s Bollywood sequel “Raaz 2: The Mystery Continues” — marking the third-best launch for a Hollywood pic in India after “Spider-Man 3” and “Casino Royale.”

“Revolutionary Road,” which picked up three noms, led the way with $8.5 million at 1,685 in 18 markets, including a $2.5 million French launch and a $1.8 million Spanish opening.

Fueled mostly by holdover biz, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” took advantage of its 13 Oscar noms with $6.3 million at 1,410 in 17 markets for Warner Bros., lifting offshore cume to $22.5 million. Its second Mexican frame declined only 4% to $1.4 million, and its Greek launch led with $1.1 million.

“Frost/Nixon” generated moderate biz, taking $830,000 at 307 in its British launch for an early cume of $2.4 million in seven markets. “Milk” took in $800,000 at 300 holdover dates in five markets for a $2.2 million cume, and “Doubt” added $400,000 in five markets for a $1.1 million foreign total.

“Valkyrie,” in its first weekend in international markets, earned $13.2 million at 2,283 playdates in 13 territories.

MGM/UA pic, handled by Fox overseas, scored a respectable $5,803 per-location average and racked up its best numbers in Germany with $3.4 million, South Korea with $2.7 million and the U.K. with $2.5 million. The Tom Cruise vehicle, which has cumed $80 million domestically, launches next weekend in 13 more markets, including Russia and Spain.

Sony’s “Seven Pounds,” which topped the previous frame, weighed in with $12.6 million at 3,302 in 27 holdover markets led by second frames of $2.9 million in Spain and $2.1 million in France, off 35% and 36%, respectively. “Pounds” has topped $60 million overseas and should pass its $69 million domestic cume next weekend.

Clint Eastwood’s “Grand Torino” — shut out from Oscar recognition –debuted decently in its first foreign market in Australia with $1.3 million at 149 to finish third behind “Valkyrie” and “Bride Wars.”

Overall foreign biz remained moderate as only “Valkyrie” and “Seven Pounds” topped $10 million. Warner’s “Yes Man” led the rest of the pack with $9.9 million at 3,300 for an overseas total of $82.6 million.

“Yes Man” launched with $1.2 million in Russia but was dwarfed by Sony’s opening of Russian comedy “The Best Movie Ever 2” with $9.5 million at 948 — the second-best opening for a comedy in Russia after the original, which opened the same weekend last year with $18 million, and fourth best launch for any Russian pic.

Summit’s “Twilight” remained a solid foreign performer with $8.8 million at 3,332 in 55 markets, pushing its foreign total past $150 million. The vampire thriller’s cumed an astounding $335 million in domestic and international box office.

Sony-MGM’s “Quantum of Solace” gunned down $6.5 million in Japan, the best number for a Bond pic in that market. “Solace,” which has completed its run in nearly all markets, has grossed $391.2 million outside the U.S.

Fox saw “Australia” continue to generate decent foreign biz with $6.9 million at 4,000 in 51 markets to lift the foreign total to $131.1 million –nearly triple the disappointing domestic cume.

Disney’s animated “Bolt” fetched another $6.3 million at 2,800 in 32 markets, led by a $2.7 million German debut, for a $92 million foreign cume midway through its run. Par’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” added $5.6 million at 5,199 to bring its international total to $389.1 million.

Sony’s limited day-and-date launch of “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” scared up $3.5 million at 455 in two dozen markets — a third of that in Australia.

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