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'Smithsonian' keeps itself on top overseas

MUMBAI: Pixar/Disney‘s animation film Up dipped its animated toes in international waters during the weekend but it was Fox‘s Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian that claimed the top spot overseas for the first time with $37.2 million from 9,000 screens in 100 markets.

The family comedy


, a sequel to 2006‘s Night at the Museum opened at No. 1 in China grossing $7.4 million from 818 screens. The Ben Stiller starrer also finished first in at least 11 other territories, propelling its overseas gross past the $100 million mark ($106 million). Its worldwide gross to date is $211.3 million.

After two stanzas atop the international circuit, Sony‘s Angels & Demons finished a close No. 2 this round, grossing $32.9 million from 10,145 screens in 101 territories. The follow-up to The Da Vinci Code ranked No. 1 in at least 14 markets, including Germany, where it tallied $4.8 for the weekend and Japan ($3.2 million). It has bagged $251.7 million overseas.


Like DreamWorks Animation‘s Monsters vs. Aliens before it, Up the 10th title from Pixar/Disney, opened in Russia ahead of its domestic bow largely because of piracy concerns. It drew an animated $4.2 million from 560 screens, ranking No. 1 and marking the biggest weekend opening of a Pixar/Disney title in the territory.


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Dismal releases help last week's film to turn lucky at the Box Office

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