March 23, 2009 / 2:39 AM / 9 years ago

"Torino," "Marley" tie at overseas box office

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Gran Torino” and incumbent champ “Marley & Me” shared top honors at the foreign box office during the weekend, with each grossing a relatively modest $8.8 million from 38 markets, the lowest haul for a No. 1 film this year.

By contrast, the weekend’s No. 3 movie earned $8.5 million from just one market -- France. “Coco,” a comedy starring Morocco-born stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh, accounted for about 46% of overall French business.

“Gran Torino” opened at No. 2 in Brazil behind reigning champ “Slumdog Millionaire,” held at No. 1 in Spain and at No. 2 in France and Italy. Its overseas total stands at $60 million. “Marley” opened in seven markets, and led the U.K. for a second weekend. Its total rose to $61.9 million.

“Watchmen” finished at No. 4 overall with $7 million from 58 territories. Its total rose to $60.1 million after three weekends.

“Monsters vs. Aliens” came in at No. 5 after making its overseas debut in Russia and Ukraine a week before its domestic bow. The 3-D animated film finished at No. 1 in both markets, registering a total of $6.9 million. Russia accounted for $6.6 million.

Other international totals: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” $199.4 million; “Australia,” $156.9 million; “Bolt,” $177 million; “Valkyrie,” $106 million; “Bedtime Stories,” $101.7 million; “Changeling,” $75.2 million; “Bride Wars,” $53.3 million; “He’s Just Not That Into You,” $50.4 million; and “The Pink Panther 2,” $33.2 million.

Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters

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