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International Top of the Chart - Avatar's Titanic Opening

December 23rd, 2009

As it did domestically, Avatar dominated the international chart with an estimated $143.73 million on 14,604 screens in 65 markets for a total of $165.52 million, while its worldwide total was $242.55 million after its first weekend of release. Fox reports a total international box office of $221,052,697 as of December 22. This is the biggest international opening of the year and the fifth best of all time, while its worldwide total was the best ever for a non-sequel. The film placed first in all 65 markets where it opened. Its best single market was Russia, where it managed $20.8 million during its opening, while France was right behind with $20.3 million, which was half the total box office in the country. In the U.K., it took in $13.61 million on 503 screens and broke $10 million in South Korea at $11.4 million, Australia at $11.3 million, and Spain at $10.9 million. The film has yet to open in Japan, China, and Italy and with this start, it will have no trouble showing a profit by the time it finishes its international run.

The next best film earned just 8% of Avatar's opening, but we will get to it, and the rest of the multi-million dollar movies on the weekend. However, details will be light, as many studio took the week off for Christmas.


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