Christopher Nolan’s intergalactic epic picked up $80 million overseas, bringing its global total to a hefty $132.3 million. The film opened in almost every major international market save China, Japan and Venezuela. Warner Bros., which is guiding the foreign rollout, said the results compare favorably to “Gravity’s” foreign debut, despite the fact that “Interstellar” was much longer and did not screen in 3D, depriving it of a ticket surcharge.
“Interstellar” did do well in certain premium formats. More than an hour of the film was shot with Imax cameras, which helped it pick up a sterling $7.2 million on 206 Imax screens. That represents the best Imax opening for a 2D title, and its best results for a November release.
Among the notable markets where “Interstellar” drew crowds were Korea, where it debuted to $14.1 million; the United Kingdom, with an $8.4 million bow; and Russia with an $8.1 million premiere.
Helping “Interstellar” at the box office was that Disney is holding back “Big Hero 6” in most foreign territories. The film picked up $7.1 million overseas from a handful of territories such as Egypt, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Greece. It will land in most foreign markets in December and January.
“Interstellar” is set to open in China on Wednesday, with Japan to follow on Nov. 22 and Venezuela scheduled for Dec. 5. Paramount is handling the domestic release.