Inglourious Basterds should have the firepower to retain the overseas box office crown as Universal/UPI’s troops invade a further nine territories.
Quentin Tarantino’s World War Two action homage has grossed more than $43m following last weekend’s initial sortie in 22 territories and is projected to add in the region of $18m this weekend with new launches scheduled for Portugal on August 27 and Denmark a day later.
With the film’s domestic tally at $50.6m through The Weinstein Company, Inglourious Basterds is expected to sweep past $100m worldwide late on August 28 and is already well on the way to becoming one of Tarantino’s biggest box office hits.
As far as the rest of the active Universal slate goes, Judd Apatow’s comedy Funny People opens in the UK on August 28 and studio executives will be hoping for a good result to boost that film’s fortunes.
Family release Coraline has taken $45.3m and arrives in German-speaking Switzerland, while the adventure comedy Land Of The Lost opens in France and stands at $14.2m, and Ang Lee’s Cannes competition entry Taking Woodstock launches day-and-date with North America in Australia and New Zealand. Gangster drama Public Enemies has taken $87.9m and Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy Bruno stands at $77m internationally, $52.6m of that coming from the eight Universal territories.
Fox International’s Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs has been an overseas sensation and amassed $613.8m so far, a number that should get a healthy boost when the animated hit arrives in Italy on August 28.
Meanwhile the family title Aliens In The Attic on $10.5m opens in six Latin American territories including Mexico on August 28. Action title 12 Rounds opens in France on August 26 and stands at a little over $5m.
The Russian adventure comedy High Security arrived in Russia on August 25 while Indian comedy Quick Gun Murugan opens in India on August 28.
Nestling imperiously on $601.7m, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince has become the fifth film in the family franchise to cross $600m overseas.
The global tally is $893.2m and within days the film is expected to overtake Goblet Of Fire to become the third biggest in the series worldwide. Warner Bros’ smash comedy The Hangover sits on $152.7m.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International’s family release G-Force on $59.3m arrives in Denmark and Norway, while Pixar’s Up stands at $147.8m and romantic comedy hit The Proposal has reached $112.3m. The studio will also be launching Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure in its first market of Austria. Meanwhile the animated hit Bolt is poised to cross $200m and sits on $199.9m.
Paramount’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has taken $123.4m through PPI so far and will continue to march towards the $150m mark. PPI opens the Renee Zellweger thriller Case 39 in Spain on August 28.
Sony Pictures Releasing International’s District 9 has taken $14.3m to date and big things are expected of its South African debut this weekend, when local audiences will get the chance to see the widely admired Johannesburg-set action film.
The comedy Year One on $10.5m gets a push this weekend with launches in Germany, Spain and Singapore. Another comedy, The Ugly Truth, has grossed $17.3m and opens in France as well as Argentina and New Zealand. Thriller remake The Taking Of Pelham 123 stands at $36.4m.
New Line International’s Final Destination 4 opens in the UK, France, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey.