International box office: 'Resident Evil: Afterlife' in the top spot
Monday 20 September 2010
For the second consecutive week,
Resident Evil: Afterlife held onto the number one position in 42 of the 48 countries where it is showing, earning $38.7 million.
The fourth installment of the sci-fi action horror film, starring Milla Jovovich and directed by her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson ( Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat) has totaled $103 million internationally in addition to the $44 million box office figure in the US. It surpasses the 2007 Resident Evil: Extinction which earned $95.5 million.??It debuted this week in first place in Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Ukraine, Portugal, Chile and Romania, according to entertainment publication The Hollywood Reporter.
Also opening last weekend internationally, was the number one film in the US, The Town, actor-director Ben Affleck's crime drama, which opened in second place in France.
Eat Pray Love opened in five countries including Japan, Italy (where it was number two) and Argentina where it reached number one.
The Last Airbender, the 3D adaptation of a Nickelodeon television series, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, was Australia's number one. Horror thriller Devil, produced by M. Night Shyamalan reached number two in the UK. It opens in seven more countries this week, including Russia.
Other top-performing films around the world included George Clooney's The American opening at number one in Spain, the cop comedy starring Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg, The Other Guys, opening in the UK with $3.1 million as well as in the United Arab Emirates, while Vampires Suck, the parody, opened in first place in Italy, and Angelina Jolie's Salt took the top spot in Greece.
Other films with strong performances include director Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which has totaled $468.2 million and Despicable Me in 3D animation with Steve Carell, holding the number two spot in Australia.
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