“Bridget Jones’s Baby” topped the foreign box office for the second consecutive weekend. The romantic comedy has fizzled in the United States, but overseas crowds seem more inclined to check in on Bridget’s romantic travails and impending offspring.
The film earned $21.9 million from 47 territories, pushing its global gross to $83.6 million. Renée Zellweger ended her six-year hiatus from acting to reprise the title role, with Colin Firth once again returning as Darcy, the frequent object of her desire and disdain. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” opened in eight territories this weekend, including New Zealand, India, Egypt, Italy, and Thailand. It retained its first place ranking in the United Kingdom, where it has made nearly $30 million. The film is backed by Universal, Miramax, StudioCanal, and Working Title, and cost $35 million to produce.
“The Magnificent Seven,” Sony and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s remake of the classic Western, snagged second place with $19.2 million. The $90 million production is relying on the star power of Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt to appeal to foreign crowds — cowboy movies have a difficult time resonating overseas. The film opened in first place in the U.S. with a sterling $35 million, and now has a combined global gross of $59.8 million.
“Storks,” the Warner Bros. animated comedy, flew into third position, earning $18.3 million from 33 territories. The look at baby-delivering birds has earned $40.1 million worldwide. It scored entry into China, the world’s second-largest film market, earning $5.2 million.
“The Secret Life of Pets” took fourth place with $8.1 million, pushing the animated smash’s haul to $820.9 million. “Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s drama about the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane landing, rounded out the top five with $6.5 million, bringing its worldwide total to $127 million.