May 12, 2008 / 3:01 AM / 11 years ago

"Iron Man" continues reign at overseas box office

Cast member Robert Downey Jr. (R) smiles at the premiere of the film "Iron Man" with its director Jon Favreau at the Grauman Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, April 30, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With an estimated weekend gross of $39 million from about 7,600 screens in 61 overseas markets, “Iron Man” bested newcomers “What Happens in Vegas” and “Speed Racer” to retain its No. 1 rank on the international circuit.

But second-frame results for the Marvel superhero represented a nearly 60 percent drop from the high-flying tally ($95.5 million) recorded in its opening surge. It beat its top two competitors by unexpectedly narrow margins, landing $16 million ahead of 20th Century Fox’s “Vegas” and $26.2 million over Warner Bros.’ “Speed Racer,” which got off to a surprisingly slow start.

“Iron Man” distributor Paramount Pictures International, among other overseas distributors, cited hot weather across Europe — with temperatures climbing above 85 degrees in the U.K. — as a general box-office depressant. In the U.K., “Iron Man” dipped 58 percent from its opening session, while in Germany, it deflated by 70 percent from its debut frame.

Nonetheless, “Iron Man” matched its No. 1 rank domestically and notched an international gross of $165 million, bringing its worldwide total to $342.1 million.

No. 2 during the weekend was “Vegas,” a romantic comedy pairing Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher that drew an estimated $23 million from 3,902 screens in 36 markets. Fox declared this “a great start for the film internationally,” citing No. 1 finishes in Scandinavia, the Benelux countries, Germany and Austria. Its early worldwide gross stands at $43 million.

“Speed Racer,” which opened weakly almost across the board, nabbed an estimated $12.8 million from 3,940 sites — a pallid $3,249 per-screen average — in 30 territories. The first film written and directed by the Wachowski brothers since the “Matrix” trilogy, “Speed Racer” premiered No. 1 in Korea with $2.4 million from 229 sites. Its global total is $33 million.

At No. 4 was Sony’s romantic comedy “Made of Honor,” which married $3.5 million from 1,320 sites in 19 markets for a cumulative overseas gross of $12.7 million, landing at $39 million worldwide. Finishing fifth was “21,” also from Sony, at $2.3 million from 1,350 situations in 39 markets, for a total gross of $41.3 million.

Other weekend tallies: Universal’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” nabbed $1.7 million from 944 sites in nine territories for a cumulative take of $19.8 million; Fox’s “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!” earned $1.5 million from 2,500 situations in 28 markets for $135.7 million to date; and Fox’s cop drama “Street Kings” arrested $1.2 million from 1,500 screens in 42 territories, bringing its cumulative revenue to $27.6 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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