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International Details - Lightning Strikes on the International Chart

January 10th, 2010

Our report on the top five films was published on Wednesday.

Black Lightning opened in sixth place internationally with $8.42 million on 798 screens in 5 markets. Those markets include Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The latest from Timur Bekmambetov debuted in second place in his native Russia behind Avatar with an estimated $8 million on 700 screens.

  • Woochi remained in second place in South Korea and climbed into seventh place internationally with $6.46 million on 568 screens over the weekend for a total of $21.77 million after two. This is about on par with 2012's run in that market.
  • Yahsi Bati debuted in eighth place with $6.23 million on 771 screens in 4 markets. This includes $5.63 million on 693 screens in its native Turkey, which was easily enough for first place there.
  • Bodyguards And Assassins remains potent, earning $5.20 million on 769 screens in 6 markets for a total of $42.47 million after three weeks of release. The Chinese and Hong Kong co-production is just the latest in a long line of films from that market that has thrived in that part of the world. Recently China lost a court battle regarding their quota system that limits competition from Hollywood, but quite frankly, I'm not sure they need it anymore. Their movie industry can probably survive on its own.
  • Christmas In Beverly Hills fell from fifth to tenth place internationally with just under $5.00 million on 608 screens in 2 markets for a total of $30.72 million. In Italy it slipped to second place with $4.35 million on 592 screens over the weekend for a total of $27.73 million after three. That's more than New Moon made in that market.
  • 2012 remained in 11th place with $4.96 million on 3,192 screens in 61 markets for a total of $595.58 million internationally and $759.03 million worldwide. The film is on pace to become just the 50th film to reach $600 million internationally. On the other hand, it is in 159th place domestically, which means it truly is an international phenomenon.
  • In its second weekend of release, It's Complicated climbed a spot to 12th with $4.79 million on 1,060 screens in 13 markets for a still early total of $13.66 million. The film added $1.51 million on 362 screens in France, while it now has $3.84 million in total. In Spain it earned $1.39 million on 327 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.27 million.
  • Arthur And The Revenge Of Maltazard climbed a couple spots to 13th with $4.41 million on 1,835 screens in 21 markets for a total of $43.62 million. The film opened in Italy, but barely made a peep, placing tenth with $372,000 on 128 screens. On the other hand, it is still doing well in its native France with $3.01 million on 925 screens over the weekend for a total of $32.22 million after a month of release. At this pace, it will top New Moon sometime next week, while it should surpass 2012's $40 million total, making it one of the biggest hits of the year in its native market.
  • Io e Marilyn placed 14th internationally with $4.39 million on 546 screens in two markets, including Italy where it landed in third place with $3.91 million on 542 screens over the weekend for a total of $16.56 million.
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon has fallen to 15th place with $4.19 million on 3,031 screens in 56 markets for a total of $396.59 million internationally and $687.32 million worldwide. At this pace, the film could reach $700 million worldwide, while it may have already reached $400 million internationally.
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol has fallen out of the top ten, but it still made $3.92 million on 2,012 screens in 41 markets for a total of $182.05 million internationally and $319.49 million worldwide. This is more than The Polar Express has made in total, and it has been re-released on a number of occasions. It is also enough to think that as long as the film does well on the home market, it will show a profit, eventually. But, the motion capture technology that Robert Zemeckis is pushing still hasn't proven itself to be financially viable and the costs need to go way down before more films are made using it.
  • A Simple Noodle Story is one of several Chinese films to do well recently and this week it added $3.64 million on 521 screens in 2 markets for a total of $37.42 million.
  • It appears that Hachiko: A Dog's Story is going direct-to-DVD here, but it was able to return to the top 20 internationally this past weekend. Over three days it earned $3.52 million on 599 screens in 5 markets lifting its total to $33.92 million after five months of release. It placed fourth in Italy with $2.49 million on 281 screens over the weekend and $3.03 million in total, which suggests it could have done respectable business here.
  • The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past also returned to the top 20 with $3.41 million on 298 screens over the weekend and how has $47.26 million after about eight months of release. This past weekend it debuted in fifth place in Spain, which is the only market it is currently playing, but it was enough to help it over the $100 million market worldwide and it now sits at $102.51 million.
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? entered the top 30 for the first time during its run, landing in 20th place with $3.37 million on 672 screens in 6 markets for a total of $5.75 million. It opened in fourth place in the U.K. with $1.87 million on 399 screens, while it managed $1.26 million on 208 screens during its second weekend of release in Australia for a total of $3.55 million so far.
  • Nodame Cantabile remained in second place in Japan for the third weekend in a row, adding $3.25 million on 409 screens to give it a running tally of $23.98 million so far.
  • Zweiohrkuken, a.k.a. The Chicken With Two Ears, fell out of the top 20, but still earned $3.22 million on 844 screens in 3 markets for a total of $41.10 million after a month of release. So far it has made $35.60 million in Germany, including $2.75 million on 719 screens this past weekend. This is significantly below the pace of the original, Keinohrhasen, a.k.a. No Ear Hare, which ended its run with more than $60 million in its native market, but it is still very impressive for a German film.
  • Old Dogs earned $3.17 million on 956 screens in 12 markets for a total of $25.51 million after more than a month of release.
  • Nine made its first appearance in the top 30 with $3.06 million on 664 screens in 3 markets for a still early total of $5.53 million. It opened in fourth place in South Korea with $1.62 million on 359 screens over the weekend and $2.20 million in total, which could be better than average for its international run, as musicals tend to do well in that market.
  • Up grew by 10% to $3.02 million on 407 screens in 8 markets for a total of $423.92 million internationally and $716.90 million worldwide. Over the weekend it made $2.93 million on 616 screens in Japan for a total of $40.10 million after a month of release. It's just wrapping up its run at this point, but it is already the second highest grossing Pixar film of all time.
  • Solomon Kane rose to 26th place internationally with $3.02 million on 605 screens in 2 markets for a total of $4.66 million after two weeks of release.
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs returned to the chart two weekends ago, but this past weekend it fell to 27th place with $2.64 million on 645 screens in 8 markets for a total of $83.66 million after nearly four months of release. In Italy it was down just 20% to $1.86 million on 268 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.78 million after two, but that was still only enough to remain in sixth place. With a debut in Germany ahead, as well as several smaller markets, the film could reach $100 million internationally. Regardless, it made enough to be considered a financial hit, while it is at least even money to earn an Oscar nomination.
  • One Piece Film: Strong World was mostly flat in Japan, up 1% to $2.61 million on 194 screens over the weekend for a total of $39.44 million after four.
  • Paranormal Activity nearly fell out of the top 30, placing 29th with $2.51 million on 1,497 screens in 26 markets for a total of $60.22 million internationally. Its international run isn't over yet, and it is already the most profitable movie of all time on a percent basis.
  • Orphan returned to the top 30, barely, with $2.07 million on 287 screens in 3 markets for a total of $35.22 million. This includes a fourth place, $2.00 million opening on 284 screens in France, which is the last major market for the film. It wasn't a big hit, earning just over $75 million worldwide, but it likely didn't cost a lot to make and will probably show a profit sooner rather than later.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Up, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Orphan, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hachiko: A Dog's Story, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Paranormal Activity, Disney's A Christmas Carol, Nine, It's Complicated, Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard, Old Dogs, 2012