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‘Basterds’ Stays Hot Overseas

Overseas total is $59.1 million, a small 29% drop from its debut weekend.

"Inglourious Basterds" has become a good international box office soldier, grossing $19.4 million over the weekend from 31 territories, according to studio estimates.


That brings the film’s overseas total to $59.1 million, a small 29% drop from its debut weekend.


As the summer winds down, the film, distributed by Universal overseas, is competing with few new titles. That fact, plus the international draw of Brad Pitt, has turned into gold for the film, which this weekend upped its U.S. take to $73 million.


"Basterds" opened as the number 1 movie in five new markets, including the Netherlands, and stayed on top in Australia, France and Germany.


It’s always been thought that the film would do better overseas than in the U.S. states due to its WWII theme, director Quentin Tarantino’s reputation and the fact that it’s loosely based on an Italian film.


Next week, "Basterds" opens in Finland, Romania and Croatia, and it will continue to have a worldwide rollout until it opens in Japan in December.


It will end its run as the top Tarantino film overseas; 1994’s "Pulp Fiction" grossed $101.9 million internationally.