Tarantino's Most Commercial Film

September, 17, 2009–A month after its premiere, Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" is still running strong at the foreign box-office.
 
Even harsh critics who didn't like it had to admit that the anti-Nazi reverie was technically well made, well acted by an impressive international cast, and enjoyable, once you accept its terms.
"Inglourious Basterds" became the 16th picture this year to crosst the $100 million mark in international box-office. After opening in 36 markets, the WWII Nazi fable still has 26 territories to play, including Israel, Lebanon, Singapore and Spain this weekend.
 
After nearly a month in theaters, "Inglourious Basterds" has topped $105 million domestically and finished third last weekend.
 
Israel
 
Tarantino has continued to promote the picture and received a warm response after introducing it at the Israeli premiere in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Haaretz.com headlined, "Israelis Go Wild for Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds.' " Producer Lawrence Bender and Austrian thespian Christoph Waltz, who portrays the villain and is considered an Oscar frontrunner, also attended.
 
France
 
France has been the top "Inglourious Basterds" territory so far with $18.9 million, followed by Germany with $17.3 million, the U.K. with $15.7 million, Australia with $9 million and Russia with $5.9 million.
 
Universal Pictures Intl. began the foreign marketing campaign with the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and a focus on the international cast and accesible storyline.
The cast includes American star Brad Pitt, French actress Melanie Laurent and German thesps Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger.
 
Universal and the Weinstein Co. are equal partners on "Basterds," with TWC handling domestic and U overseas. Italy opens on October 2, Brazil and Mexico on October 9, South Korea on October 29 and Japan on November 20.
 
Tarantino's Most Commercial Picture
"Inglourious Basterds" will soon become the top Tarantino performer on both the international and domestic fronts. "Pulp Fiction" grossed $106 million internationally and $107.9 million domestically.
Kill Bill: Volume 1 made $110.9 million internationally vs. a domestic total of $70.1 million, while "Kill Bill: Volume 2" grossed $86 million overseas and $66.2 million domestically.