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November 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount’s Christopher Nolan space epic Interstellar may have launched with a less-than-spectacular opening weekend domestically — it earned $47.5 million — but overseas, it rocketed to $82.9 million, even without the key markets of China and Japan in the mix. (It is due to open in China today and in Japan on Nov. 22.) Taking into account some early openings at IMAX and film-only screens, the overseas total brought its worldwide debut to $135.1 million. (IMAX said on Tuesday that its $20.6-million in ticket sales for Interstellar represented a record for the debut of a 2D film.) No. 2 at the overseas box office was Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which added $17.7 million to its international gross, which now stands at $273.6 million. China contributed $14.1 million to the weekend haul as the movie, which had a lukewarm debut in that country a week earlier began picking up steam. Fox’s Maze Runner was in third place overseas with $11.7 million, more than half of it ($6.4 million) coming from China. The studio’s Gone Girl added $8.7 million to its total, pushing it past the $300-million mark overseas to $303.2 million, while Sony’s Fury rounded out the top five with $7 million.