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‘Avatar’ Fights On Overseas, Too

With no blizzard for an excuse, mere 12 percent drop in second week is all the more impressive

“Avatar” ain’t over over there, either.

James Cameron’s 3D epic dropped a mere 12 percent in overseas markets this weekend, taking the No. 1 spot with an offshore haul of $145 million.
While “Avatar” dropped only 3 percent at the domestic box office in its second weekend, a massive blizzard that pinned North American moviegoers at home during its debut skewed those numbers somewhat.
But overseas, “Avatar” held up on its own — and its second weekend numbers were pretty remarkable in their own right. Many foreign theaters were shuttered for the Christmas holiday, and anything less than a 50 percent dropoff from a film of this magnitude is considered above par.
“Avatar’s” cumulative total overseas is now $405 million, contributing to the worldwide gross of $617.3 million.
Fox also reported an estimated $2.26 billion overseas box office haul, breaking Warner Bros.’ previous studio record of $2.24 billion in 2007. And “Avatar” certainly helped: Fox said the film finished first in 107 of the 108 territories it played over the weekend.
It’s also Fox’s highest-earning title ever in Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
“Sherlock Holmes,” debuting in 17 markets overseas, took $26 million – not enough to match the No. 2 spot it won in domestic markets. That distinction went to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” which generated $36.5 million in 42 territories.
“Holmes” did enough offshore business for third, with Italy giving it the strongest support at $6 million from 451 sites for a $13,303 per screen average.