Germanhit Downfall (Der Untergang) continued its strong international run overthe weekend, claiming the highest opening ever for a German-language film inthe UK through Momentum Pictures.
Thecritically-acclaimed drama, about the last days of Hitler, took $308,495(£163,336) from 49 locations over its opening weekend in the UK. This put itahead of 2003's Good Bye, Lenin! which grossed $255,564 (£135,311) from26 screens for UGC Films. Lenin! went on to gross $2.3m (£1.24m) in theterritory.
Downfall played particularly strongly inLondon's West End taking $112,305 (£59,461) from 14 sites, an $8,000 locationaverage.
Thesuccess is the latest in a strong international run for Downfall whichhas grossed $66m to date. This weekend also saw continued power through SandrewMetronome in Norway and Denmark, two of the film's best performing territories.
InDenmark the fourth weekend for Downfall saw the film return to the topof the country's chart, beating the launch weekend for Miss Congeniality 2.Downfall has grossed $1.7m from 116,160 admissions in Denmark, tracking aheadof blockbuster comedies Hitch ($1.1m) - released the same week - and MeetThe Fockers ($1.6m - after nine weeks).
InNorway Downfall remains in the top four after seven weeks and has grossed$2.2m from 189,000 admissions. This sees the film tracking ahead of filmsincluding Meet The Fockers ($1.4m) and Oscar winner Million DollarBaby ($0.9m), which have both been on release a week longer.
OutsideGermany the best performances have come from France, Spain and The Netherlands- where the film is the highest grossing foreign-language film(non-US/non-Dutch) of all time through A-Film.
Downfallhas grossed $3.2min North America to date through Newmarket Films.
DownfallTop TenInt'l Territories
Germany (Constantin Film) $36.3m
France (TFM Distribution) $6.3m
Netherlands (A-Film) $3.5m
Spain (DeAPlaneta) $3.5m
Switzerland (Rialto) $2.4m
Belgium (Cineart) $2.4m
Norway (Sandrew Metronome) $2.2m
Austria (Constantin Film) $1.9m
Denmark (Sandrew Metronome) $1.7m
Poland (Monolith) $1.1m
Source: Screen International