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‘Interstellar’ Rockets to Top in France in First Overseas Box-Office Test

Christopher Nolan’s space epic dominates in its debut in French-speaking markets

Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar” has begun its foreign rollout with a dominating debut in France and Belgium.

The space epic starring Matthew McConaughey on Wednesday made up more than 50 percent of the market share of the top five films and grossed a strong $743,000 on 75 screens in the two countries, Warner Bros. International reported Thursday.

By the weekend it will open in 62 countries, all of the major markets, except Japan (Nov. 22) and China (Nov 12). In the U.S., it’s playing in a series of special IMAX and 35 and 70 millimeter screenings, ahead of its nationwide rollout in more than 3,500 theaters on Friday for Paramount Pictures, which is distributing domestically.

Warner Bros. noted the film’s strong 4.7/5 rating on the Allocine film rating website, coupled with the extensive media coverage on the film. That positions “Interstellar” to play well into the Nov. 11 Armistice Day holiday weekend, which is traditionally one of the strongest weekends of the year in the French-speaking market, the studio said.