North American audiences won't be able to debate the merits of "Prometheus" until Friday, but overseas ticket buyers are likely engaged in some nerdy discourse right this second. That's because "Prometheus" opened in 15 foreign territories last Friday, including Russia and the United Kingdom. Overall, Ridley Scott's action film took in $35 million during its debut weekend.

"Prometheus" -- which lives in the same universe as Scott's seminal sci-fi horror film "Alien" -- grossed $11.1 million in Russia, the biggest of its territories, but the film's $9.9 million showing in the UK might have been even more impressive. Not only did "Prometheus" debut at No. 1 in England (ahead of "Snow White and the Huntsman"), but it was Scott's biggest film ever in the country, surpassing the opening salvo of "Hannibal."

"Prometheus" also had the second biggest opening of the year in France, behind only "Marvel's The Avengers."

The film continues a recent Hollywood trend of debuting overseas first: Both "The Avengers" and "Battleship" premiered abroad before screening on U.S. shores. "The Amazing Spider-Man" will open in India, ahead of its U.S. release.

"Prometheus" is expected to win the weekend here in the U.S. when it debuts on June 8.

[via TheWrap]

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actress Charlize Theron attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actor Guy Pearce attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actress Charlize Theron attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actor Guy Pearce attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actor Guy Pearce attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actor Logan Marshall-Green attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actress Noomi Rapace attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: (L-R) Actresses Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace attend the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actresses Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron attend the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Director Sir Ridley Scott attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actress Noomi Rapace attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actor Michael Fassbender attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Director Sir Ridley Scott and guest attend the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actor Michael Fassbender attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actress Noomi Rapace attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: (L-R) Charlize Theron greets fellow actress Noomi Rapace during the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actresses Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron attend the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actress Charlize Theron attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Director Sir Ridley Scott attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Prometheus - World Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Actor Logan Marshall-Green attends the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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