The Huger Games tops overseas grossing $59.3 mn

MUMBAI: Already a box office superhit in the US and Canada, Lionsgate produced The Hunger Games opened on the foreign theatrical circuit grossing $59.3 million at around 7,700 locations in 67 offshore markets.

Overseas, the action/sci-fi vehicle opened as the weekend?s No. 1 after the films? foreign opening was said to be the year?s second biggest opening; nearly $10 million less than the March 11 debut weekend gross of Disney?s John Carter at 51 locations.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence as a 6-year-old heroine who fights to survive a last-person standing contest, Games registered dominant No. 1 market introductions in Australia via Roadshow ($9.69 million at some 260 sites) and in the U.K. via Lionsgate ($7.49 million from some 515 situations).

Leading the non-English-speaking markets was Russia where The Hunger Games grossed $6.5 million. The No. 1 France debut via Metropolitan Filmexport kicked in $3.75 million from about 400 locations while Germany via Studio Canal contributed even more, $3.9 million from 610 sites.

Based on the first book of Suzanne Collin?s popular trilogy about kids killing kids in a dystopian future, Games drew a worldwide opening gross of $214.3 million.

Debuts in Italy, South Korea and Spain will take place next month while the film?s Japan opening is scheduled for September.

On the other hand, Disney International?s Carter, that was the No. 1 overseas for the last two rounds, grossed $22.2 million on the weekend in 54 territories that is more than four times its domestic tally. Carter dropped to fourth place in key markets like Australia, Germany, Spain and South Korea. It finished No. 7 in the U.K., No. 8 in Italy and No. 9 in France.

Finishing No. 3 on the weekend was Fox International?s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which picked up steam on the foreign circuit with openings in about a dozen markets, highlighted by a No. 2 Australia debut, which produced $3.75 million from 288 screens.

Weekend gross overall for the comedy-drama about British pensioners in India came to $8.26 million drawn from 1,859 sites in 18 markets. Foreign cume stands at $33.3 million. Hotel opens domestically on May 4.

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