Oscar Winner '12 Years a Slave’ Spikes 75 Percent at Overseas Box Office

Oscar Winner '12 Years a Slave' Spikes 75 Percent at Overseas Box Office

Best Picture victory powers surge in 62 markets and it crosses $100 million for foreign distributor Lionsgate

“12 Years a Slave” rode its Best Picture Oscar to a big weekend at the foreign box office and crossed $100 million in overseas grosses in the process.

Foreign distributor Lionsgate mounted a major marketing push tied to its three Academy Awards in 62 markets and the slavery saga brought in $9.3 million — a 75 percent surge over last weekend.

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“12 Years,” which also earned Oscars for supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o and John Ridley for adapted screenplay, has played in most countries.

The film brought in $31.7 million in the U.K., where director Steve McQueen is from and it won top honors at the BAFTAS. France ($13.7 million), Spain ($7.4 million), Germany ($5.7 million) and Australia ($5.3 million) have also been strong.

It's taken in $104.5 million overseas since it began rolling out in December. With the $2 million in brought in over the weekend for U.S. distributor Fox Searchlight, it's up to up to $53.2 million domestically and $158 million worldwide.

New Regency, River Road Entertainment, Brad Pitt‘s Plan B and Film 4 are producers.