Inception comfortably reclaimed top spot on the international scene in its eighth week, grossing $21m from 7785 screens in 61 territories.
Inception’s three-day gross is the fourth highest eighth week haul among films released this year, and moves the feature to 36th among all-time international performers. Warner Bros.’ thriller, bolstered last week by its strong opening in China, saw a 23% upturn in profit, and will get a further boost when it opens in Italy and Italian speaking Switzerland on Sept 24.
Nu Image’s action-adventure The Expendables, dropped from first to second place, taking $13.6m from 4793 screens in 42 territories in its fourth week.
UTV’s romance-drama We Are Family was the week’s highest new entry, entering the chart in tenth position. Writer-director Sidarth Malhotra’s feature grossed $4.7m from 966 screens for a screen average of $4,840 in 17 territories.
Toy Story 3 continued to do solid business in 42 territories. The $1.4m take in the UK moved the Disney tentpole to second place on the all-time UK box office list, behind Avatar.
Remarkably, Paramount’s Shrek Forever After, 2010’s second-most resilient film (only two places lower on the chart than Avatar in its corresponding week), is still in the top ten, having taken $5.6m from in 40 territories for a total of $482m. The fourth installment in the saga is now the highest grossing DreamWorks Animation film of all time at the international box office, after overtaking Shrek 2 and Shrek The Third last weekend. Shrek Forever After is the fourth highest-grossing animation film of all time in the international arena.
As previously reported, in Australia Stuart Beattie’s directorial debut Tomorrow, When The War Began became the third highest grossing opener at the local box office after Happy Feet and Australia. The action-adventure debuted in 15th position on the chart after taking $3.8m from 282 screens in Australia and New Zealand for a good screen average of $13,327.
Shochiku’s Beck and Fox’s Nosso Lar entered the chart in 16th and 17th position after grossing $3.7m and $3.3m respectively.
Fox’s Vampire’s Suck doubled its tally last weekend after opening in 11 territories. The comedy-spoof was the 18th best performer, taking $3.3m from 1300 screens for a total of $6.9m.