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International Top Five - Final Fights for First Place But Basterds Prevails

September 10th, 2009

There was a close two-way race for top spot on the international box office chart with Inglourious Basterds just coming out on top with $14.90 million on 2,929 screens in 34 markets for a total of $83.99 million. The film remained in first place in France with $3.7 million over the weekend and now has $18.8 million in total. It was pushed into second place with Germany, but it was still impressive with $3.02 million on 466 screens over the weekend for a total of $13.99 million after three. It opens in Spain in just over a week's time, and when it does it will have reached $100 million internationally and $200 million worldwide, and will likely become the undisputed biggest hit of Quentin Tarantino's career when it does.

The Final Destination climbed a spot to second with $14.74 million on 1,865 screens in 16 markets for a total of $32.25 million. The film opened in first place in Germany with $4.02 million on 414 screens while it dominated the market in neighboring Poland with $1.26 million on 68 screens during its opening weekend for a total of $2.20 million. Meanwhile in the U.K., the film was down 45% to $2.85 million on 427 screens over the weekend for a total of $12.52 million after two. It is already more than halfway to becoming the biggest international hit in the franchise and it should be the undisputed champion of the four films by the end of the month.

Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs slipped to third place with $11.06 million on 4,594 screens in 39 markets for a total of $657.75 million internationally and $851.79 million worldwide. The film added $6.89 million on 812 screens over the weekend in Italy, lifting its total there to $24.07 million after two weeks of release.

Up climbed into the top five with $9.12 million on 3,094 screens in 26 markets for a total of $170.84 million internationally and $460.48 million worldwide. It opened in first place in Australia with $1.81 million on 218 screens over the weekend and $2.10 million in total. This might not seem like a lot for that market, but it only opened in roughly 40% of the country and it with the best per theater average. It was also able to top the chart in Brazil with $2.12 million on 318 screens, which is on par with Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen's debut there, but much weaker than Half-Blood Prince or Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 climbed into fifth place with $6.66 million on 1,968 screens in 38 markets for a total of $48.76 million. The film opened in third place in both Japan and Brazil, earning $1.74 million on 308 screens over the weekend for a total of $2.25 million in the former and $880,000 on 180 screens in the latter. The film was not as strong in Russia with $818,000 on 218 screens, which was only enough for fifth place.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Up, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Inglourious Basterds, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Final Destination