Awards season buzz and Brad Pitt's enduring box office appeal saw "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" open top in Italy and hold top in Germany and Spain this weekend at the European box office.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" easily topped the foreign box office for the second straight frame, with $31 million at nearly 6,000 playdates in 54 markets.
Domestic box office generated record revenues as Valentine's Day fell on the Saturday of a long Presidents Day weekend, with the four-day session up at least 35% over last year.
Domestic Film DAILY
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
No Good Deed
No Good Deed1Daily:$1.6M Cumulative:$25.9M Sony / Screen Gems -71.48%
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy2Daily:$578,865 Cumulative:$306.6M Disney -72.21%
Dolphin Tale 2
Dolphin Tale 23Daily:$522,465 Cumulative:$16.4M Warner Brothers -87.42%
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" remained ruler of the international box office for the second consecutive weekend with $31 million in 50 markets.
Warner Bros./New Line's redo "Friday the 13th" scared up the best opening ever for a horror movie in grossing an estimated $42.2 million from 3,105 theaters through Sunday.
Traditionally Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck, but for Warner Bros./New Line it was a day of good fortune.
Oscar fever has started hitting the international markets, but only for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Slumdog Millionaire."
Day-and-date opener "Friday the 13th" opens at the European box office this weekend hoping to lure in Valentine's Day lovebirds looking for a fright.
The convergence of Valentine's Day and Presidents Day is expected to equal big business at the domestic box office.
What exactly is arthouse? Whatever it is, it enjoyed a big boost in Germany last year.