International box office: 'Fast Five' holds onto first place


Fast Five aka
Fast & Furious 5 maintains the top spot for the second consecutive week with an estimated $58 million in 61 markets for a worldwide total of $440.5 million, making for the franchise's largest haul, according to
The Hollywood Reporter.

The auto action sequel, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, held onto the top position, though its earnings were down 32 percent, indicating the race is almost over. It also opened in first place in China, with $8.5 million, as well as in Ecuador and Israel.

Thor finished second over the weekend with $27.5 million in 60 territories. Since its debuted on April 21, Thor has grossed $225 million. In Japan, it will open on July 2.

In China, Thor's thunder earned $4.1 million last weekend and $11.5 million in the market. And in North America, Thor held the top spot for the second week.

Director Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the Marvel comic book co-stars Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins with Chris Hemsworth in the title role as the otherworldly warrior defending earth.

In third, Priest made $16.7 million in 46 markets for an overseas total of $25.6 million so far. Starring Paul Bettany as a warrior priest battling vampires, the sci-fi thriller reached first place in Ukraine, Singapore and Venezuela, and remains in first place in Russia for the second weekend with $3.5 million.

Ranking fourth was 20th Century Fox's Rio, tallying $10.4 million from 7,331 screens in 67 markets. Foreign gross total of the family-oriented animation about a domesticated macaw has shot past the $300 million mark ($306.3 million).

In fifth place was Water For Elephants, costarring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz, with a total of $9.1 million in 52 countries and opening in eight new markets. In Australia the period drama debuted in first with $3.8 million.

Other notable films include Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and opened in France, hitting the second-place spot.

Also, Black Swan starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman opened in first in Japan with $6.1 million, nearing the $200-million gross mark internationally.

RC

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