Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ Scores $70M at Booming Overseas Box Office

"Despicable Me 2" delivers Universal's best opening ever in the U.K. and Ireland

Brad Pitt's “World War Z” zombies overran the overseas box office this weekend, taking in more than $70 million.

It was a big weekend at the box office abroad. Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel” debuted No. 1 in seven new markets and took in $52 million from 62 markets, and raised its worldwide total to $520 million in the process. Disney’s “Monsters University” added $44.2 million from 37 territories. And Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” debuted in the top spot in five markets and brought in $41.5 million.

With its nearly $30 million domestic total for the three days added in, “World War Z” had the biggest overall weekend total of any film with a global haul of more than $100 million. In the process, it pushed distributor Paramount past the $1 billion mark for the year at the worldwide box office.

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Since opening 10 days ago, “World War Z” has brought in $263 million in all, $124 million domestically and more than $135 million from abroad.  It opened in 25 new markets this weekend, raising its total to 50. The top regions were Russia, where it took in $12.3 million for Pitt’s biggest opening ever there, and Mexico, which brought in $7.9 million.

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Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are behind “World War Z,” in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films. A healthy foreign haul will be crucial if Pitt's thriller is to recoup its $190 million production budget, which grew when the film was plagued with cost-overruns and expensive re-shoots, including an 11th-hour decision to cook up a new ending.

“Despicable Me 2” delivered the biggest opening weekend ever for Universal in the U.K. and Ireland, where it was No. 1 and brought in $15.7 million. Including last weeks previews, the animated family film has taken in more than $23 million in the U.K.

The international total for “Despicable Me 2,” which opens Wednesday in the U.S., is $50 million. That’s ahead of “Despicable Me,” “The Croods” and “Kung Fu Panda” at a comparable stage of their international rollouts.