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'Hunger Games' dominates foreign box office, 'Interstellar' soars past $500 million

By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" topped the foreign box office for the second week in a row, pulling in $67 million from more than 85 territories. The film has earned $254.4 million in two weeks, a...

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Cast member Jennifer Lawrence poses at the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" in Los Angeles, California November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

By Brent Lang

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" topped the foreign box office for the second week in a row, pulling in $67 million from more than 85 territories.

The film has earned $254.4 million in two weeks, and $480 million globally. Top territories last weekend included the United Kingdom with a $8.2 million haul, Germany with $7 million, Australia with $5 million and Mexico with $4.4 million. One major market left to open is China, where "Mockingjay - Part 1" won't debut until 2015.

Second place winner "Interstellar" soared past the $500 million mark last weekend, picking up $44.4 million at the foreign box office. Its worldwide total clocks in at $542.3 million. Christopher Nolan's science-fiction adventure took the top spot in China for a third week in a row, earning $18.1 million and bringing its total in the People's Republic to $106 million.

The film doesn't boast 3D, usually a must-have for U.S. blockbusters looking to bring in an overseas crowd, but it has nonetheless been a potent force at the box office. Imax screens have helped make up the difference, contributing $49 million to "Interstellar's" $395.2 million foreign total.

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"Penguins of Madagascar" disappointed in its stateside debut, but has generated respectable returns abroad. It has been open in China for nearly a month, but broadened its footprint to more than 40 territories last weekend, earning $36 million in the process. The "Madagascar" spinoff has made just shy of $100 million globally.

The top five was rounded out by "Horrible Bosses 2," which picked up $11.7 million from 42 territories, and Chinese romantic comedy "Women Who Flirt," which scored $11.5 million, in their first week in theaters.

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