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.
With $139.4 million already in the U.S. and Canada, "Django" is close to $200 million worldwide and could easily top $300 million.
Sony, which handles international distribution, will continue to roll out the movie in countries where it has yet to launch -- most of which are in Asia -- through April.
Weinstein Co. and Sony, which shared the approximately $100-million production cost, are evenly splitting worldwide revenue from "Django."