"Men in Black 3" powers to $79 million in second week. Fox's Ridley Scott sci-fi epic "Prometheus" is tops in 14 of the 15 countries it plays in
Watch out, Snow White. "Prometheus" is coming after you. The Ridley Scott sci-fi epic from Fox banked $35 million in its debut at the overseas box office.
Sony's "Men in Black 3" had the biggest overseas weekend however, rolling up $79.1 million from 91 territories, according to box office tracker Rentrak. That figure — just a 39 percent drop from its first week total — raises its overall foreign gross to $275.4 million and its worldwide total to $387.7 million.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" was impressive, too. The Universal fantasy epic rang up $39.3 million from 46 foreign territories.
"Prometheus" came up No. 1 in 14 of the 15 markets its bowed in and is cashing in on 3D premium ticket prices.
Of the 4,695 foreign screens it played on, 3,300 were 3D. Next week, when "Prometheus" debuts in the U.S., Fox also plans to expand to 35 additional overseas markets. That will be another 3,300 screens, of which 2,200 will be 3D.
Russia brought in the biggest gross for "Prometheus," with $11.1 million from 1,670 screens.
The film's performance in the U.K. was equally impressive, however.
"Prometheus" turned in the biggest three-day bow for a Scott film ever (ahead of 2001's "Hannibal") with $10 million from 1,019 screens. It finished No. 1 there, ahead of "Snow White and the Huntsman."
Disney's "The Avengers" added $12.4 million from 54 territories. Its international overall gross is $802.5 million, and it is is bearing down on the overall No. 4 overseas earner, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which made $803 million.
The overall worldwide figure for the Marvel superhero mashup stands at $1.35 billion, No. 3 on the all-time list behind "Titanic" and "Avatar".
"Dark Shadows" took in another $7.2 million for Warner Bros., raising its overall foreign gross to $120.5 million.