Sony's 3D action comedy "The Green Hornet" buzzed day-and-date into 35 international territories over the Jan. 14-16 weekend, scoring $15.1 million from 2,981 screens.
Australia's box office hit a record A$1.13 billion ($1.1 billion) last year, up 4% on the previous year.
Among this year's Golden Globe-winning pics, the biggest box office beneficiaries will likely be films that have already been riding high at the multiplexes.
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Sony's "The Green Hornet" made a solid comeback after initial skepticism from fanboys, topping the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with a projected $34 million through Sunday.
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Having already reached astronomical heights the year before, international box office continued to raise the bar in 2010.
While it hasn't set the world on fire, Disney's 3D "Tangled" is showing enough traction outside the United States to wind up as a solid performer.
Sony's action comedy "The Green Hornet" posted $550,000 from approximately 700 midnight screenings.
Sony hopes moviegoers will go green for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. "The Green Hornet" launches at 3,584 domestic locations, of which 2,704 are 3D-equipped, including 174 Imax sites.
Tokyo -- Toho, Japan's biggest distrib by a mile, set a record at the box office in 2010, earning $902 million and beating its $890 million record set in 2008.