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Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Commands $23 Million in Overseas Opening

Fox’s Biblical epic starring Christian Bale scores ahead of its U.S. box-office rollout this week

Ridley Scott‘s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” rolled up $23 million at the overseas box office this weekend, one week ahead of its North American debut.

Fox opened the Biblical epic starring Christian Bale in 6,462 theaters in 10 foreign markets and it connected.

Its $6.2 million opening in South Korea was the biggest ever for a Ridley Scott-directed film there. In Mexico, its $4.7 million opening was 41 percent bigger than that of “Prometheus.” And in Spain, its $3.7 million debut topped that of “Noah” by 43 percent, Fox said.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” added $31.6 million from overseas and crossed $300 million internationally this weekend, raising its global total is $560.5 million. It marked the third week in a row that “Mockingjay” has been the No. 1 movie both domestically and abroad.

In Germany, “Mockingjay” claimed the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row after adding another $4.3 million that upped its overall total there to $29 million. It pushed its total in the U.K. to $39.6 million by adding $4.1 million this weekend, and brought in $2.5 million from Franco to lift its overall haul there to $22 million.

“Interstellar” lifted its overseas haul to a muscular $434 million, after adding $22.8 million from 64 markets this weekend.

Christopher Nolan‘s space epic, which Warner Bros. is distributing overseas, continued its strong China run by adding a $7.1 million this weekend. That ups its total in the People’s Republic to $119.2 million, making it Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing movie ever there. “Interstellar” has also taken in a whopping $67 million from South Korea.