‘Miss Peregrine’s’ Tops Foreign Box Office With $42.5 Million

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“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” topped the foreign box office, racking up $42.5 million and bolstering the expensive fantasy film’s chances of turning a profit.

The adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ best-seller about a school for superhuman children cost $110 million to produce and millions more to market. It has only been a modest performer in the U.S., where it has earned $51.1 million. Fox backed the film, enlisting Tim Burton of “Batman” and “Alice in Wonderland” fame to direct, with the hopes of creating a new young adult franchise.

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It’s too early to tell if those ambitions will be realized, but overseas crowds have been receptive. “Miss Peregrine’s” showed on 12,187 screens in 75 international markets this weekend, opening to $5.8 million in Russia, $5.4 million in France, and racking up $5.9 million in its second weekend in South Korea. Globally, “Miss Peregrine’s” has grossed $145.1 million.

Operation Mekong,” a Chinese-Hong Kong action epic about a group of narcotics officers’ efforts to fight a murderous drug gang, picked up second place, earning $26.5 million to push its worldwide total to $97.5 million.

“The Girl on the Train” topped domestic charts, opening to $24.7 million. But the adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ literary sensation had to settle for third place on the foreign charts, where it kicked off to $16.5 million from 20 territories, to push its worldwide haul to $41.2 million. The film centers on an alcoholic woman (Emily Blunt), whose obsession with her ex-husband gets her entangled in a mysterious disappearance. Universal is distributing the film as part of its partnership with Amblin.

“I Belonged to You,” a Chinese romantic comedy, nabbed fourth place, earning $12.2 million, and pushing its gross to $94.6 million.

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” rounded out the top five, earning $11.3 million. The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of the gaffe-prone Englishwoman’s romantic foibles got a cold shoulder in the U.S., but has been bolstered by foreign crowds. It has earned a healthy $143.4 million during its run.

In milestone news, Disney’s “Finding Dory” became the second Pixar release to cross the $1 billion mark, joining “Toy Story 3” in the nine-zero club.

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