Even though Quentin Tarantinto's "Django Unchained" has many similarities to his last film, "Inglourious Basterds," the biggest differences were expected to be evident overseas.
Though both are historical revenge fantasies, the new one -- rooted in African American history -- seemed less likely to be popular outside of the U.S. than one set in Europe during World War II.
As a result, backers Weinstein Co. and Sony Pictures had "Django" to have a more even take between the domestic and international box offices than for 2009's "Basterds," which collected $121 million in the U.S. and Canada and $201 million overseas.
But with a big European launch for "Django," expectations are falling by the wayside.
Over the weekend, "Django" took in $48.1 million from 54 foreign markets, most of which are in Europe. That's 30% higher than the opening for "Inglourious Basterds" in the same countries.