‘After Earth’ Rebounds, Leads Overseas Box Office With $45.5M

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“After Earth,” the Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi adventure that has failed to take off in the U.S., is showing signs of life at the overseas box office, where it finished No. 1 for the weekend.

“After Earth” opened in 60 foreign markets and brought in $45.5 million, with top-spot debuts in Russia with $8.5 million, as well as in Mexico ($5.3 million), France ($4 million) and the U.K. ($3.5 million).

That’s better than the same-territory openings of “The Last Airbender” at $42.7 million and “The Karate Kid” with $32.3 million. The latter of those two, which starred Jaden Smith, earned more than $180 million overseas in 2010. “The Last Airbender,” which was directed by “After Earth” director M. Night Shyamalan, brought in more than $187 million.