22 January 2013 3:41 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

After setting a new Quentin Tarantino record at the domestic box office, Django Unchained got off to a fantastic start overseas this weekend. The movie grossed $49.4 million from 54 markets, which is up over 30 percent on Inglourious Basterds across the same territories. That's particularly impressive considering Basterds was a European-set World War II movie, while Django is a Western set in the American South (rarely appealing to foreign audiences). Django's great start in spite of its genre challenges can be attributed to the personnel involved. Quentin Tarantino's brand is clearly at an all-time high following the critical and commercial success of Inglourious Basterds, while Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson range from international superstar (DiCaprio) to highly recognizable at least (Foxx and Waltz). Django had great first place debuts in Germany ($9.6 million), France ($7.3 million), Italy ($4.3 million) and Spain ($3.3 million). It also performed well in Russia ($5.4 million »

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