Horton Bleats Again
Horton Hears a Who may have been forced to move down one place in the parade of films at the domestic box office, but overseas Horton remained in the lead, earning $13.2 million in its third week and bringing its overseas total to $77 million, Daily Variety reported. The strong performance of Horton was unexpected, since the Dr. Seuss children's books are not nearly as popular abroad as they are in the U.S. 10,000 B.C. also continued to perform strongly, raking in $12 million and raising its overseas gross to $142.5 million. (Its domestic total now stands at about $84.5 million.) But the French-language film Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis continued to astound as it earned an additional $10 million in just three countries, France, Belgium and Switzerland. In just five weeks, it has sold $150 million worth of tickets, mostly in France, establishing a record for a locally produced film.