‘New Moon’ Gets One More Cycle Atop Foreign B.O.

Vampire flick spends a month at No. 1 overseas, but here comes “Avatar”

Last Updated: December 13, 2009 @ 5:33 PM

“New Moon” started its overseas run last month as No. 1, and that’s where it shall remain – until “Avatar” comes along next week.

The “Twilight” sequel took an additional $22.3 million at the foreign box office this week, bringing its offshore total to $358.7 million.

“The Princess and the Frog,” which was tops at the domestic box office with $25 million, opened in 10 foreign markets and earned $7 million there, finishing No. 1 in Mexico and Venezuela. It was No. 5 overall in offshore markets.

Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” opened at 73 screens in South Africa, where it drew $193,000 in ticket sales. Roland Emmerich’s “2012” held strong in foreign markets with another $20 million this weekend, bringing its overseas take to $556 million. The disaster epic now ranks as the 13th-biggest international release of all time.

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol” continued as a strong earner overseas as well, with $14.8 million in 50 markets for a $146.8 million foreign gross.

“Avatar” should significantly shift the foreign box office when it launches Wednesday at more than 16,000 screens in more than 100 territories.