Making its overseas debut in 54 markets, Django Unchained grossed an impressive $48.1 million -- enough to earn the Oscar Best Picture contender film the weekend’s No. 1 spot on the foreign theatrical circuit.
Sony, which is handling Quentin Tarantino's movie overseas, calculates that Django opened 30% ahead of Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which generated slightly more than $200 million in total overseas box office, about 60% of its worldwide take.
Django opened No. 1 in at least 23 markets including the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium and Poland “even with much of Europe buried under snow this weekend,” said Sony.
Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Di Caprio, Django registered a mighty $9.6 million at 620 sites in Germany, a full two-and-a-half times the market opening for Basterds (Waltz, who also starred in Inglourious is German).
In France, the take was $7.3 million at 612 spots and $5.4 million from 936 Russia situations, $4.8 million at 580 sites in the U.K., $4.3 million at 517 locales in Italy and $3.3 million at 470 situations in Spain.
Unchained takes over the No. 1 spot from Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which via Twentieth Century Fox had topped the foreign charts for the prior two weekends. This time, the Twentieth Century Fox release registered $20.7 million on the weekend.