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'Potter 7' hits hallowed $1 billion mark worldwide
'Harry Potter 7' hits hallowed $1 billion mark worldwide; ties with 'Avatar' in gettng there
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" took the top spot in the international box office race this weekend, conjuring up $66.4 million and tying "Avatar" for the fastest sprint to the $1 billion mark at just 17 days.

There was little anti-American sentiment in evidence as audiences in 31 foreign territories rallied around the red, white and blue of "Captain America: The First Avenger" for a No. 2 gross of $48.5 million on its first weekend of wide release overseas.

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" continued its strong international performance, extracting another $42 million from audiences at nearly 12,000 locations in 61 markets. The film opened in Japan for the first time this weekend, posting a franchise best tally there of $9.5 million in 318 theaters.

"The Smurfs," while battling "Cowboys & Aliens" for first place at home, made their debut internationally with $4.4 million in just seven markets and a larger than expected global total of $40.6 million.

Here are the top 10 movies at international theaters this past weekend, followed by distributor, estimated international gross for the weekend (excluding North America), worldwide gross to date (including North America), and number of weeks in domestic release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak and provided by

1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," Warner Bros. International, $66,400,000, $1,008,459,509, three weeks.

2. "Captain America: The First Avenger," Paramount International, $48,500,000, $170,272,268, two weeks.

3. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Paramount International, $42,000,000, $982,891,414, five weeks.

4. "Cars 2," Walt Disney International, $30,000,000, $400,100,000, six weeks.

5. "Zookeeper," Sony Pictures Releasing International, $7,700,000, $110,830,840, four weeks.

6. "Bad Teacher," Sony Pictures Releasing International, $7,600,000, $178,375,407, seven weeks.

7. "Mr. Popper's Penguins," Fox International, $7,537,644, $136,199,161, seven weeks.

8. "Bridesmaids," Universal Pictures International, $6,200,000, $247,442,565, 12 weeks.

9. "Kung Fu Panda 2," Paramount International, $4,500,000, $609,177,514, 10 weeks.

10. "The Smurfs," Sony Pictures Releasing International, $4,400,000, $40,606,250, one week.


Paul Dergarabedian is president of the Box Office Division of and a box office analyst for The Associated Press.



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