December 1st, 2004
With a nearly 3-1 lead over its nearest competitor, The Incredibles
took top spot on the International Box Office charts this week with $44.3 million on 4,362 screens in 22 markets for a running tally of $59.1 million. The film opened number one in all twelve markets and in a few of the markets the film debuted in this week it was able to break the record for biggest debut by an animated films
. However, in others it fell short to either Finding Nemo
, (France) or Shrek 2
(the U.K. and Spain.) Its biggest single market was the U.K., where the brought in $18.1 million, including sneak peaks, which was a Disney
record. Other highlights include $9.2 million in France, $5.6 million in Spain, $5.4 million in Italy, and $1.3 million in Belgium. Considering the results so far it should challenge for supremacy among the elite animated films
and $400 million to $500 million isn't out of the question.
November 30th, 2004
For the second weekend in a row Bad Education easily took top spot on a per theatre chart with $46,182, down just 6% from last week. Next on the list was A Very Long Engagement with just over $100,000 in 4 theatres for an average of $25,437. Compared to Audrey Tautou's biggest hit, Amelie, it's quite a big drop, but it's too soon to tell how well this film will do. Last week's second place film, Days of Being Wild dropped a long way in its weekend box office, but still managed to earn $10,600 in its lone theatre.
November 24th, 2004
Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason
's second round of openings was no quite as strong as last week's, but it was still more than enough to keep its first place finish at the international box office. Overall the British comedy
took in $20.6 million on 1,854 screens in 18 markets lifting its tally to $59 million. Out of the new openings, the film was most impressive in Spain with $2.6 million while its best market overall was the U.K. where the film dropped just 29% to $9.3 million. The film is still tracking well ahead of the original
and is becoming one of the monster hits of the fall.
November 23rd, 2004
took top spot on a per theatre chart loaded down with Oscar hopefuls. The latest offering from acclaimed director, Pedro Almodovar
, earned nearly $150,000 in just three theatres for an average of $49,123. Coming in second place with $18,090 in its lone theatre was Days of Being Wild
, a Hong Kong film from the early 90s. Three and four on the list were last week's one and two as Kinsey
beat out Finding Neverland
$16,048 to $14,680. The only other film to make it to the $10,000 club was the overall box office champ, National Treasure
November 17th, 2004
Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason
opened in a mere half a dozen international markets over the weekend, but what an opening it was. Despite place on fewer than 1000 screens the film was able to pull in an amazing $26.7 million, the lion's share coming from the U.K. where the film took in $19.1 million on 496 screens, (including $5.9 million from sneak peaks.) That was the best opening for a Working Title film smashing the previous record of $11.1 million for Love Actually
. In each market the film broke the record for Working Title films and more than doubled the original
's debut. And even with legs that are expected to be much lower, it should be able to break $300 million internationally, although it may have trouble hitting $50 million domestically.
November 16th, 2004
Kinsey, the biography of sex researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey was top of the per theatre charts this past weekend. With nearly $170,000 in 5 theatres, the film was able to earn an impressive $33,808 per theatre average. Coming in second place was another biography, Finding Neverland with an average of $27,566 in 8 theatres. Well back was Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which took in $16,385 in 530 on average. The only returning film in the $10,000 club was the overall box office champ, The Incredibles with $12,777 per theatre.