Paramount’s "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is doing monster business overseas, where it is pacing 38 percent ahead of the last film in the franchise.
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"Dark of the Moon" posted an opening day gross of $32.5 million at the international box office. Including Tuesday previews, the 3D tentpole has raked in $36.6 million off shore.
In North America, "Dark of the Moon " has grossed $42.8 million, bringing the tentpole’s global cume to $79.4 million in just over a day.
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In Russia — where the world premiere was held — Michael Bay’s threequel has grossed $4.2 million, including previews.
"Dark of the Moon " scored the biggest opening day of 2011 in France, where it has earned $3 million.Story: Is Megan Fox news part of a studio plot?
Asia turned in impressive stats, including Korea, where "Dark of the Moon " scored the biggest opening day of all time, grossing $5 million.
"Dark of the Moon " opened to $780K in Hong Kong, the biggest opening day for a non-holiday.
Many box office observers believe that "Dark of the Moon " will open north of $200 million overseas.