Garfield Is Cat’s Meow Overseas

Following a moderately successful U.S. theatrical run, 20th Century Fox’s Garfield: The Movie is the top cat overseas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CG/live-action combo scratched up $8.9 million internationally to beat out M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village this weekend.

Garfield opened on 2,575 screens across 31 territories, including Russia ($718,000), Hungary ($411,000) and Norway ($382,000), bringing its overseas cume to approximately $64.3 million. Domestically, the film earned just north of $74.5 million and is expected to do quite well on home video.

In his feature film debut, the famous orange tabby got a 3D makeover from Rhythm & Hues, the effects studio that added dimension to fellow cartoon favorite Scooby-Doo for its two live-action features from Warner Bros.

Though light on visual effects, Buena Vista’s The Village has had a monetary effect on the international box office. Shyamalan’s latest goosebump inducer scared up $8.5 million in 12 markets this weekend to bring its estimated worldwide take to around $140 million. The Village opened at No. 1 in Holland, Sweden and Norway.

Meanwhile, Universal’s effects-laden sci-fi actioner, The Chronicles of Riddick claimed the No. 1 in Spain with an estimated $1.7 million for the weekend. The pic opened at No. 3 in the U.K., where it earned around $1.8 million. International receipts for the weekend total $6 million, bringing its overseas cume to $35 million.

In Malaysia and Taiwan, Fox’s Alien vs. Predator topped the charts this weekend, taking in $1.27 million collectively. To date, the franchise mixer has brought in around $5.7 million in five territories.