Inferno: Tom Hanks Thriller, Commercial Hit Internationally

Tom Hanks’ action thriller Inferno has opened internationally with an estimated $50 million in 53 markets for Sony, two weeks ahead of the domestic launch.

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Ron Howard returns as helmer after directing Hanks in the franchise’s previous installments: The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009).

Howard and Brian Grazer are producing. David Koepp wrote the script, as he did for Angels & Demons.

The two previous installments, also adapted from Brown’s novels, grossed more than $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office with a lion’s share from international markets, where “The Da Vinci Code” took in $540 million and “Angels & Demons” totalled $352 million.

“Inferno” carries a budget of about $75 million, about half of “Angels & Demons.” The movie opens with a mysterious death, followed by Hanks’ Robert Langdon character being awakened in an Italian hospital with amnesia.

It turns out that a madman is trying to wipe half the world’s population, and kill Langdon.

Langdon teams up with a doctor played by Felicity Jones (Oscar nominee, The Theory of Everything) hopes that she will help him recover his memories and stop the madman’s plot.

Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Irrfan Khan also star.

Inferno will launch October 28 in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, France and China.