Expendables, Airbender neck-to-neck at overseas b-o

MUMBAI: The Expendables and The Last Airbender are neck-to-neck as far as No.1 at the overseas box-office is concerned.

M. Night Shyamalan‘s 3D adaptation of the Nickelodeon TV series grossed an estimated $18 million from a number of 5,843 venues in 51 locations for an overseas total of $120 million. 

Paramount‘s Airbender opened at No. 1 in Mexico with $4 million from 812 spots, while its first China round roped in $2.6 million from 1,500 locations. Weekend estimates puts Expendables‘ weekend tally roughly at $18 million while Expendables is playing in a total of 32 markets via various local distributors with only a handful of major territories reporting so far. Its overall haul is estimated at $75 million.

The Milennium Films /Nu Image Films super-octane action vehicle The Expendables directed by and co-starring Sylvester Stallone with Jason Stratham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke, opened in Germany, Norway and Thailand in the latest round. The film stands on the No. 2 position in Germany with an estimated intake of $3.2 million from 525 sites.

20th Century Fox‘s overseas introduction of a "special edition" of Avatar at 1,046 screens in 14 markets grossed $4.26 million more than enough to push director James Cameron‘s sci fi blockbuster walk past the $2 billion foreign-gross mark.

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