The Expendables earned an estimated $21 million over the weekend, which included around $4 million from China, $2 million from the United Kingdom and $1.2 million from Russia. The movie has been released by a bevy of smaller distributors, and therefore reporting isn't particularly timely or comprehensive. As a result, it may have made a little bit more or less than $21 million. Also, an official total is not available, though based on the weekend numbers thus far it looks like The Expendables is hovering around the $100 million overseas mark.
The Last Airbender's $20.3 million from 45 territories was about the same as its haul from last weekend. It held steady thanks to a $3 million first week take in China and a $4.3 million debut in Mexico. In two months, The Last Airbender has earned $122.2 million overseas for a worldwide (domestic plus foreign) total of $252.8 million.
Inception dipped just 20 percent, grossing $17 million from 63 markets. This included a huge $1.5 million five-day debut in Greece. Since opening in mid-July, Inception has racked up $387 million overseas for an excellent worldwide total of $659 million. Another potentially big weekend is on the horizon for the Christopher Nolan mindbender as it is set to open in China on Friday.
With a strong $4.7 million launch in France, Salt dipped just six percent to $15.6 million. This tally was also aided by an additional $2.3 million in Australia and $1.65 million in Germany, bringing Salt's overseas total to $131 million.
The Karate Kid added another $13 million over the weekend for a cumulative international tally of $142.5 million. Solid first place openings in Spain and Brazil ($3.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively) led the way for the remake.
Not to be completely outdone by Pixar's toys, Dreamworks Shrek Forever After showed it still has some foreign stamina left with an $11.6 million weekend from 39 territories. Most of this came from a massive $7.1 million debut in Italy, along with a $904,000 opening in Greece. Early in the weekend Shrek 4 passed the $700 million worldwide mark, and, with a foreign gross of $470.6 million, it's now poised to overtake Shrek the Third ($476.2 million) and Shrek 2 ($478.6 million) to become the highest-grossing Shrek movie overseas.
Step Up 3-D may be a domestic disappointment, but it continues to be a solid draw overseas. Over the weekend, the dance movie grossed $11.6 million for a $72.9 million total.
Avatar: Special Edition was released in 14 territories, where it added $4.5 million to Avatar's record-setting overseas total. Despite other media reports jumping the gun, Avatar has not crossed the $2 billion mark yet. Other reports mistakenly counted Puerto Rico twice, because Puerto Rico is actually part of the domestic haul. Avatar's actual foreign total stands at $1.997 billion, though it will soon pass $2 billion. The Special Edition is undergoing a gradual roll-out, and will hit major territories like France and Germany this weekend.