‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tops Foreign Box Office Thanks to China

Guardians of the Galaxy” jetted to the top of the foreign box office this weekend, powered by Chinese audiences who have embraced Star Lord and company as their own.

The Marvel film racked up $23.1 million overseas, the bulk of it coming from the People’s Republic. Those strong results pushed the space adventure’s global total to $732.6 million, making it the seventh film this year to pass $700 million worldwide.

It didn’t have much of a lead. “Dracula Untold” was busy nipping at “Guardian’s” heels. The bloodsucker story bit off $22.5 million from 55 foreign territories, driving its worldwide total to $136.4 million. The Universal release topped the box office in a number of markets such as Russia, Peru, Thailand and Vietnam. There are six territories remaining to open including Brazil, Hungary, Spain and Uruguay, where the film debuts next weekend.

Gone Girl” captured third place at the foreign box office, generating $20.2 million across 57 territories. The mystery about a woman who disappears and the callous husband she leaves behind has made $201.7 million since opening three weeks ago. It has a good chance of passing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and its $333.9 million total as director David Fincher’s highest grossing film.

Guardians of the Galaxy” wasn’t the only late summer release still showing signs of life overseas. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” snagged $20 million in 33 territories, pushing its global total to $374.9 million, strong enough for a fourth place finish.

In fifth place, “Annabelle” soared past the $150 million mark globally after picking up $19.2 million from 51 markets — a stunning return on Warner Bros. and New Line’s $6.7 million investment.

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