ANGELES (Reuters) - Quentin Tarantinos Inglourious Basterds blasted its way to the No. 1 spot at the
foreign box office during the weekend, grossing an estimated $27.5 million from 22 markets.
The World War II opus, which also ruled in North America with about $37.6 million, led the field in at least a
dozen countries, including the U.K. with $5.8 million nearly a quarter of the market. In France, its $6.1 million
take accounted for 30 per cent of the market. No. 1 finishes in Germany and Australia yielded $4.3 million and
$2.7 million, respectively.
Tarantino titles have had a mixed record overseas. 1994s Pulp Fiction (1994) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
each topped the $100-million mark. But Kill Bill: Vol 2 (2004) stalled at $86.6 million while 2007s Death
Proof logged only $28.7 million.
US BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE
1 Inglourious Basterds - $37.6m
2 District 9 - $18.9m
3 GI Joe - $12.5m
4 The Time Travelers Wife - $10m
5 Julie & Julia - $9m
Foreign distributor Universal, which shares the overall pot 50-50 with North American distributor Weinstein Co.,
could use a boost from Basterds. Universal had grossed about $800 million for the year to Aug. 31, half the
$1.6 billion tallied by market leader 20th Century Fox.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, which had been No. 1 overseas for the prior two weekends, grossed $14
million from 51 territories. Its foreign total stands at $118 million while the worldwide tally is $238.5 million.