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‘Knight,’ ‘Drift’ float foreign B.O.

Two pics dominating overseas markets

Expanding into 40 additional markets over the July 25-29 frame, Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” added $126.2 million to its overseas cume of $252 million.

The Warner tentpole had little impact on Fox’s stellar animated pic “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which added a boffo $50.7 million weekend international gross for a total of $516.3 million.

The two films have kept overseas wickets busy, especially in some European markets where summertime B.O. tends to lag because of warmer weather. “Drift” has cumed $48.1 million in Germany, the pic’s top market to date. “Dark Knight” opened in the territory with a solid $11.3 million — second last weekend only to France ($11.4 million).

The U.K. has been the top overseas territory for the Batman finale grossing $47.9 million after two weekends, and showing little adverse affect with the start of the Olympics. Other top territories for “Dark Knight” include South Korea ($27.4 million) and Australia ($27.3 million).

Spain’s economic crisis continues to deflate B.O. — “Dark Knight” has cumed just $8.6 million there in two weeks. “Drift” has been playing on the Iberian Peninsula for five weeks, grossing $16.8 million. Last weekend, Paramount launched DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” in Spain, where it grossed $2.6 million.

“Given the downturn, no one should expect fireworks, not even with blockbusters such as ‘Madagascar,’?” says one Spanish exhibition exec.

“Madagascar 3” has tallied $291.7 million from 41 overseas markets, with Germany and the U.K. yet to come. Pic launched Aug. 1 in Japan.

Emilio Mayorga in Barcelona contributed to this report.

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