'The Revenant' tops international box office

'Revenant' Tops Box Office Amid Blizzard
'Revenant' Tops Box Office Amid Blizzard

Basking in the glow of a dozen Oscar nominations, Fox's "The Revenant" led the weekend's international box office with $33.8 million at 8,388 locations in 48 markets.

The international total for the Leonardo DiCaprio epic has hit $104 million, along with $120 million in the U.S. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's tale of revenge, set in the American wilderness of 1823, also won the U.S. weekend box office for the first time with $16 million.

The U.K. led the way with $6 million in its second weekend, down only 20%, followed by Mexico with an opening weekend of $5.3 million from 2,033 screens — 200% better than "Mad Max: Fury Road." Italy generated a gain of 36% from last weekend's two-day opening to $4.4 million and Germany dropped only 22% to $3.5 million with a $15.2 million total after three weeks.

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"The Revenant," which carries a $135 million budget financed by Fox, New Regency and Ratpac, finished more than $10 million above Disney's sixth weekend of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The seventh "Star Wars" movie grossed $23.3 million internationally to lift the international total to $1.06 billion, led by the U.K. at $173.3 million, China at $112.7 million and Germany at $103.5 million.

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"The Force Awakens" is already the No. 1 movie of all time in the U.S. with $880 million, giving the space saga a worldwide total of $1.94 billion. It trails only two titles on that list — "Avatar" at $2.87 billion and "Titanic" at $2.19 billion.

Sony's sci-fiction actioner "The 5th Wave," starring Chloe Grace Moretz, took in $15.9 million in 33 international markets to finish third on the weekend chart. It opened in Russia, Brazil, the U.K. and Spain to boost its foreign total to $27.4 million with over 30% of the international rollout still to come.

"The 5th Wave" has generated $38 million worldwide — matching its $38 million budget, which was co-financed by L Star Capital.

Paramount's "The Big Short" finished fourth internationally with $10.1 million in 52 markets to lift its foreign total to $30.7 million and its worldwide total to $87.4 million. The dramedy received a boost on the awards front Saturday night by winning the top movie prize from the Producers Guild of America.

Warner Bros.' "Rocky" spinoff "Creed" followed in fifth with $9.5 million in 38 markets to push the international total to $42 million and the worldwide take to $150 million.

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