HSM 3 takes $41m in first weekend

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is biggest October opening ever in the international market.
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Disney’s latest tween offering took $41 million from 3,163 screens in 19 countries, proving to be the biggest-ever overseas bow for a musical, beating Mamma Mia!'s $26 million debut, according to Disney International.

The film has also claimed an average share of more than 40 per cent in each of its markets.

In the UK., the movie hit the top with $13.7 million from 494 screens. Germany pulled in $5.9 million from 547 screens; Spain took $5.1 million from 547; France took $3.8 million; Brazil, $1.7 million from 212; Denmark, $1.2 from 93 and Norway, $1.1 million from 90 screens.

Whether the teen appeal of HSM3 can help it reach the heights obtained by the female-driven Mamma Mia! remains questionable.

Currently, the Disney film has October half-term school holidays in its favour in several European markets and will open in new countries from now until the end of the year finishing in Japan on February 7th.

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