'Black Swan' Definition: Natalie Portman Sleeper Blockbuster

by Zac Gille
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'Black Swan' definition: Sleeper blockbuster as Natalie Portman drama passes $200 million mark

Darren Aronofsky's $13 million-budget psychological thriller Black Swan, which stars Best Actress Oscar nominee Natalie Portman, passed the $200 million milestone worldwide on Feb. 23. To date, Black Swan – surely one of the biggest sleeper hits in history – has collected $102.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and $101.69 million internationally. Grand total: $204.29 million.

According to country figures found at Boxofficemojo.com, the biggest international markets for Black Swan are the United Kingdom ($23.21 million), Germany ($13.47 million), Australia ($10.86 million), and France ($10.54 million)*. Totals are off by a week in a number of countries, and by two weeks in Brazil ($1.33 million in the first three days), Denmark, and Peru.

Besides Natalie Portman, the cast features Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Toby Hemingway, Sebastian Stan, Janet Montgomery, and Kristina Anapau.

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Box office update

Update: As found at Box Office Mojo, Black Swan ended its run with a staggering $329.39 million worldwide: $106.95 million in North America; $222.44 million internationally.

With $27.4 million, Japan turned out to be the top international market for Darren Aronofsky's darker reboot of sorts of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes. Next in line were the U.K. with $26.01 million, France with $23.92 million, Germany with $21.44 million, Australia with $14.83 million, and Spain with $14.46 million.

* “France” also includes Algeria, Monaco, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Image of ballerina Natalie Portman in Black Swan: Fox Searchlight.

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'Black Swan' passes $100 million at domestic box office

Feb. 17 update: The North American box office was down across the board on Wed., Feb. 16. On this low-key day, the – quite remarkable – success story belonged to the movie on the chart's no. 13 slot: Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman.

As found at Box Office Mojo, the $13 million psychological thriller passed the $100 million mark in the U.S. and Canada after earning $174,000 at 1,069 locations. Total after 76 days out: $100,022,903. (See also: “'Black Swan' Passes $200 Million Worldwide: Box Office.”)

Also of note, Black Swan's (modest) $163 per-theater average was actually higher than those of seven films among the Top Twelve. Overseas, Black Swan has pulled in more than $72 million.

Besides Natalie Portman, the cast includes:

Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey (The Portrait of a Lady, 1996).

Two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder (supporting for The Age of Innocence, 1993; lead for Little Women, 1994).

Mila Kunis. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied. Ksenia Solo. Kristina Anapau. Janet Montgomery.

Sebastian Stan. Sergio Torrado. Toby Hemingway. Mark Margolis. Tina Sloan. Shaun O'Hagan. Chris Gartin.

Natalie Portman Black Swan poster image: Niko Tavernise / Fox Searchlight.

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