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‘Transformers’ Leads Foreign Box Office With $102 Million

Transformers: Age of Extinction” led the foreign box office for the third week running, propelled by a record-shattering run in China.

The giant robots sequel added another $102 million to its bounty from 50 territories, pushing its worldwide total to $752.5 million. China contributed another $25 million to that loot. The film, which was partially shot in the People’s Republic, has set a new benchmark for foreign releases, having grossed $262.6 million in the country.

Coming in a distant second was “How to Train Your Dragon 2” with $34.4 million from 62 markets. The DreamWorks Animation-produced sequel has now made $351.1 million worldwide after a month in theaters.

This weekend’s top domestic release, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” secured $31.1 million from more than 30 markets, most of which were on the smaller side. It picked up $11.4 million from South Korea, with $2 million coming from India, $1.9 million from Malaysia and $6.6m from Australia. It opens next weekend in 29 markets, including such major film-going spots as Argentina, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Rounding out the top five were “Maleficent” with $13.4 million, putting its worldwide gross at $668.9 million, and newcomer “Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon,” a Chinese drama that netted $12.4 million. “Old Boys” is a triumph of the internet age, having begun four years ago as a short film that became a phenomenon on the Chinese Internet video portal Youku. The 75 million views it attracted, convinced the digital company to put up $5 million for a feature-length film.

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And who says jokes don’t travel? “Neighbors” crossed $250 million worldwide this weekend, pulling in $1.8 million from 31 territories.  The picture now ranks as Seth Rogen’s highest-grossing, live-action starring vehicle.

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