Chinese box office helps Dark Knight to stand at No. 1

Mumbai: The Chinese box-office helped The Dark Knight garner the number one position on the foreign theatrical circuit though locally it stood at the second spot.

With an estimated overseas weekend collection of $46.4 million from as many as 10,156 theatres in 64 territories, the Batman sequel pulled in an estimated $28.5 million from Monday through Sunday from nearly 4,100 situations in China, according to distributor Warner Bros.

Also opening in China was the weekend?s No. 2, Sony?s The Amazing Spider-Man, the fourth title in the blockbuster series, which made its international debut on 27 June.

Of the total intake of $33.7 million from 7,125 sites in 59 markets, $33.3 million came from China over a seven-day period. This was more than that Spider-Man 3 grossed in its total China run. The total foreign collection of Amazing now stands at $475.3 million.

Millennium-Nu Image Films? The Expendables 2, last weekend?s No. 1 title on the foreign theatrical circuit, is likely to go down to the No. 3 this week once all the numbers come in later this week.

The action sequel co0starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Dammes and Arnold Schwarzenegger opened at No. 1 in Brazil, Germany, Australia and ($564,053 from 66 sites) in Austria.

The film also remained No. 1 in its second France round and extracted $2.3 million from 870 spots in Italy and Russia via Universal pushing the two-market total to $22.8 million.

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