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"Madagascar 2" leads foreign box office

2008-12-23 02:25:20 GMT2008-12-23 10:25:20 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

BEIJING, Dec. 23 -- "Madagascar 2: Escape Africa" hurdled to the forefront of the foreign box office with weekend sales of 33.5 million U.S. dollars from 56 territories.

The animated film opened in 10 markets and was welcomed in the No. 1 spot by Italy (6.5 million dollars) and Australia (4.4 million dollars), as well as Hong Kong and New Zealand.

The sequel, which grew its international gross to 218.5 million dollars, held strong in holdovers, with Germany delivering 26.8 million dollars to date, France 21.6 million dollars, the U.K. 18.7 million dollars and Mexico 12.1 million dollars.

Last weekend's champion, "The Day the Earth Stood Still," slipped to No. 2 with 21 million dollars from 92 countries, taking its international total to 72.3 million dollars. Market totals include Russia with 9.2 million dollars, the U.K. with 7.2 million dollars, Mexico with 5.6 million dollars, and France with 5.5 million dollars.

"Twilight" picked up 11 million dollars from 27 countries, highlighted by a No. 1 bow in the U.K. (3.9 million dollars) and a No. 2 opening in Brazil (1.2 million dollars, behind "Madagascar 2"). Its international total stands at 64.6 million dollars.

"Four Christmases" earned 5.7 million dollars weekend from 38 markets. Its total is 23.8 million dollars. "Bolt" bit off 5.3 million dollars from 15 countries, moving its total to 35.9 million dollars.

Two new entries seeking a piece of the holiday business included new North American champ "Yes Man," which took in 3.5 million dollars from six countries, and the mouse cartoon "The Tale of Despereaux," which tallied 1.7 million dollars from the U.K., Spain and Portugal.

(Source: China Daily/Agencies)

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