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‘Alice’ Digs in at Foreign Box Office

Tim Burton’s 3D ”Alice in Wonderland“ beats out ”How to Train Your Dragon“ in offshore markets

The grip that “Alice in Wonderland” has on foreign audiences just gets stubborner and stubborner.

Tim Burton’s 3D fantasy grossed $46 million over the weekend in 51 markets, it’s fourth straight week at the No. 1 spot. Worldwide, the Disney film has now grossed $656.1 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” the domestic winner at $43.3 million, was a distant second at $31 million overseas – though to be fair, while Paramount was able to muscle “Alice” out of North American 3D screens, “Dragon” is only showing in 35 markets overseas.

"Alice" is still playing strongest in France ($14.9 million) and in China ($5.1 million).

“Shutter Island” was third, with $8.1 million; it now stands at $125.6 million overseas to date.

Speaking of stubborn, "Avatar" took in another $7.6 million on the weekend from 63 markets; its offshore gross now stands at a record $1.950 billion.

Rounding out the top five was Warner Bros.’ “The Blind Side,” which opened third in the U.K. ($2 million) for a total of $6.7 million.