Helmer John Woo's "Red Cliff 2" actioner, which opened in China on Wednesday, has rushed past the 100 million yuan ($14.6 million) threshold in its five-day weekend.
Russian audiences gave the territory another record breaking box office year in 2008, when regional receipts hit $830 million, up nearly 47% on the previous year's figure of $565 million.
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" ruled the foreign box office roost for the fourth consecutive weekend with $15.8 million at 6,893 playdates in 61 markets.
Domestic Film DAILY
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No Good Deed
No Good Deed1Daily:$1.2M Cumulative:$28.9M Sony / Screen Gems -35.29%
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy2Daily:$586,451 Cumulative:$307.9M Disney -24.71%
Dolphin Tale 2
Dolphin Tale 23Daily:$506,166 Cumulative:$17.6M Warner Brothers -28.02%
Going full throttle at the B.O., Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" grossed $29 million from 2,808 locations to win the weekend and rack up Eastwood's best nationwide opening of all time, both as an…
Warner Bros.' expansion of Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" revved into the top spot Friday with an estimated $9.6 million giving the multihyphenate his best wide opening day ever at the box office.
U.K. box office grosses for 2008 were up 5% on the previous year to £949 million ($1.44 billion), according to figures released Friday by the Cinema Exhibitors' Assn.
"Babine" was the surprise hit of the holiday season in Quebec and is still going strong six weeks into its run in French Canada.
The international box office generated record revenues for Hollywood studios in 2008, even as the economic crisis that began in the U.S. quickly turned into a pandemic.
Russia's biggest-budget movie ever, the nearly $40 million sci-fi actioner "Obitaemyi ostrov" (Inhabited Island), opened with a bang, taking in more than $15 million locally in its first weekend.
Icy cold weather could equate to warm cinema biz this weekend as Europeans huddle for warmth in the theater for an early January pick-me-up.