'Robot' dominating int'l circuit

SYDNEY -- I, Robot performed solidly this weekend, taking the No. 1 spot internationally. The film took in a whopping $30.9 million on 6,034 screens in 29 territories, according to estimates from distributor 20th Century Fox. That was the best day-and-date figure for the company since The Day After Tomorrow, a brought in a cumulative total to date of $70.8 million after its (mostly) second week. The film opened No. 1 in the United Kingdom with about $8.4 million on 710 screens, streets ahead of the second player, 13 Going on 30, with half a million dollars, and on par with Minority Report. But this was nowhere near top performers like The Matrix (£8.7 million to I, Robot's £3.8 million). Fox put the lower-than-expected figures down to tropical storms in Europe. The futuristic thriller also took top honors opening in Germany ($5.1 million on 910 screens); Austria ($757,000 from 102 screens); Sweden ($689,000 on 82 screens); Belgium ($675,000 on 87); Holland ($642,000 on 108); Indonesia ($171,000 on 54); Norway ($343,000 on 63); Bolivia $31,000 on eight); and Brazil ($979,000 on 396). Fox predicted they would secure the No. 1 position in Russia, where I, Robot took $2.4 million from 292 screens; and Central America ($178,000).

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