Overseas, ‘New Moon’ Won’t Wane

‘2012’ crosses $500M worldwide in second position at foreign box office

Last Updated: December 6, 2009 @ 6:24 PM
Overseas moviegoers wrote a sequel of their own this weekend at the box office: “New Moon” was No. 1, “2012” was second and “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” came in third, a straight repeat of last week’s top three.
“The Twilight” sequel took in another $40.7 million, bringing it to a total international tally of $314.5 million. It was the Summit Entertainment film’s third straight week at the top in foreign markets, pushing it over $570 million worldwide.
While the teen vampire flick has dropped off considerably in the U.S. — it came in second place domestically with $15.7 million over the weekend — it continues to play strong in the U.K., where it’s taken in $39.2 million so far.
“2012” continued its long, successful run at the foreign box office, with an additional $35 million in 75 markets this weekend. The Sony film also has crossed the half-a-billion mark, with $517.5 million worldwide to date.
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol” opened in Italy as No. 1 with $4 million, and totaled $16.9 million in foreign markets. Thus far, the Robert Zemeckis adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic has taken in $233.2 million thus far worldwide.