Brave takes top position at British box office

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Pixar’s “Brave” collected an estimated $4.3 million from about 565 screens in the United Kingdom, leading that country’s box office in its fourth weekend.

Overseas, Brave proved a money-maker in general. Distributed by Disney, it was No. 3 at the foreign box office, making $14.6 million in 48 countries during its 10th weekend abroad. The cumulative offshore take is now $212.3 million, while global revenues have reached $442.4 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opened in Italy for a first-place showing, garnering $7.7 million over five days. The threequel made $11.7 million at 2,933 screens in 39 countries, ranking No. 5 overseas. In total, Madagascar 3 has made $369 million abroad.

Laika Entertainment’s 3D stop-motion animation ParaNorman, distributed by Focus Features/Universal, brought in $3.9 million abroad this weekend from 2,230 theaters in 17 countries. So far, it’s had foreign grosses of $12.5 million.

Meanwhile, Twentieth Century Fox announced that it’s the first of Hollywood’s six major studios to make over $2 billion this year overseas. That point was reached Saturday.

Fox thus “becomes the only distributor to have achieved this milestone six times and in four consecutive calendar years” (2009 through 2012), the studio said.

Helping Fox’s success were such films as Ice Age: Continental Drift (totaling $665.1 million) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked ($136 million).

This past weekend, Ice Age: Continental Drift made $7.6 million at 5,988 locations in 48 overseas countries.

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