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International Top of the Chart: Inception Inches Into the Lead

August 4th, 2010

During its third weekend of release, Inception moved into top spot, despite slipping a little bit at the box office. Over the weekend it added $56.64 million on 6,824 screens in 51 markets for a total of $173.98 million internationally and $367.30 million worldwide. The only major market it opened in this weekend was Germany, where it scored first place with $6.70 million on 567 screens over the weekend and $7.35 million in total. It also earned first place in Hong Kong with $1.68 million on 76 screens over the weekend and $1.78 million in total.

However, while these two openings helped, as did a number of smaller openings, the bulk of the film's weekend haul came from holdovers. It was down just 19% in Australia to $5.46 million on 415 screens, lifting its total to $14.88 million after just two weeks of release. It was down just 16% in South Korea to $5.13 million on 567 screens over the weekend for a total of $17.00 million, also after two. A strong hold in the U.K. helped the film add $5.10 million on 459 screens over the weekend for a three-week total of $32.84 million. Meanwhile in France it remained in top spot with $4.89 million on 628 screens over the weekend for a running tally of $15.29 million. It was down 48% in Russia, but that's actually quite good for that market, and it added $3.65 million on 905 screens over the weekend and lifted its total to $13.96 million after two.

On the other hand, it was down 54% in Japan, which is extremely high for that market, earning $3.66 million on 526 screens over the weekend for a total of $17.91 million after two.

Up next for the film is Spain and Brazil this weekend, while it won't open in Italy until next month. By the time it does, it will have earned $300 million to $400 million internationally and $600 million worldwide.

Toy Story 3 slipped to second place, while also rising to second place. But will get to that little puzzle, and the rest of the multimillion dollar movies, over the weekend.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Inception