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'Life of Pi' beats other Hollywood hits at overseas box offices

2013/01/07 18:27:31

Los Angeles, Jan. 6 (CNA) Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" defeated other Hollywood blockbusters in international box office results last weekend, according to latest data released by film distributors.

The 3-D shipwreck epic, nearly 80 percent of which was shot in Taiwan, raked in US$60 million in overseas box office receipts last weekend, well over revenues grossed by other smashes like "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Jack Reacher," the data showed.

"Life of Pi," a magical realism adaption of the Canadian novelist Yann Martel's 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, was premiered in many more countries, including Ukraine, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and South Korea, last week.

It emerged as the highest-grossing film of the week in all those countries except for South Korea, where it was placed second in box office rankings.

The film has also performed well in major European countries, including France, Spain and Italy, since its release on the continent during the Christmas holiday, according to film industry sources.

It has grossed nearly US$30 million in box office earnings in the United Kingdom over the past three weeks, making it the second highest-grossing film there for the period.

Overall, the film has raked in more than US$400 million globally, including over US$90 million in North American box office earnings.

"Life of Pi," which explores faith through tales of a shipwrecked Indian boy adrift on a lifeboat alone with a Bengal tiger, has emerged as the third highest-grossing Hollywood movie in India, with US$15.2 million in box office revenues to date.

In Taiwan, it has earned US$15.6 million, making it the third highest-grossing 20th Century Fox film ever screened in the country.

The film has been screened in 64 countries around the world and will be premiered in Japan in the near future.

Besides commercial success, "Life of Pi" has also won critical acclaim.

Lee, a Taiwan-born, U.S.-based filmmaker was accorded the Visionary Award by the Visual Effects Society (VES) in California Jan. 5 in recognition of his work on "Life of Pi."

Two U.S. film critic groups -- the Kansas City Film Critics Circle and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society -- have honored him as director of the year and the film has also won nominations for many other awards, including three at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for best motion picture, best director and best score.

(By Oscar Wu and Sofia Wu)