May 11, 2009 / 2:59 AM / 9 years ago

"Star Trek" flies to No. 1 at foreign box office

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The rejuvenated “Star Trek” earned a decent but hardly spectacular $35.5 million from 54 foreign countries during the weekend, less than half of what it grossed in North America.

“Trek” movies have usually performed far better domestically than abroad. But good reviews for a back-to-basics approach, plus a younger generation of actors in the familiar roles -- notably Chris Pine as Capt. James Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, as well as a spiffy new U.S.S. Enterprise -- may promise atypically large international box office for the franchise’s newest edition.

“Trek” has performed especially well in the U.K. and Ireland (No. 1 in the combined territories with $8.8 million) and in Germany ($4.6 million). Australia kicked in $3.4 million, and France $2.8 million.

Combined with the proceeds of its No. 1 domestic debut ($76.5 million), “Trek‘s” early global box office total stands at $112 million. Upcoming openings include Japan on May 29 and India on June 12.

No. 2 on the weekend and playing almost strictly holdover engagements was last week’s No. 1 title and summer season opener, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which earned $29.7 million from 102 markets. The international total stands at $123.7 million, including $17.9 million from the U.K., where it ranked No. 2 this weekend with $3.3 million.

“Hannah Montana: The Movie” followed with $7.8 million from 16 countries. The Miley Cyrus vehicle doubled the opening gross of “Star Trek” in Spain, grabbing the market’s No. 1 spot with $3.4 million. Its international total stands at $19.7 million.

“Coraline” tallied $4.9 million after premiering in nine markets. The overseas total for the stop-motion-animated tale rose to $15.2 million from 14 territories.

“Fast & Furious,” the hard-driving action title from Universal, steered its international gross to $189 million thanks to a $3.5 million weekend from 60 markets.

(Editing by Dean Goodman)

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