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International Details: Up in the Charts

January 24th, 2010

The top five films on the international scene were published on Wednesday and can be found here.

Up in the Air started its international run in sixth place with $5.83 million on 936 screens in 9 markets. This includes a fifth place debut in the U.K. where it earned $2.13 million on 325 screens while it also managed fifth in Australia with $1.61 million on just 173 screens. While it is hard for films to open in limited release domestically and expand wide, it is usually a lot harder for these films to thrive internationally. After all, many international markets are simply too small to have a thriving limited release marketplace. It will be interesting to see if this film will be able to take its performance during Awards Season and turn it into a successful international run despite this.

  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? fell out of the top five with $5.78 million on 21.80 screens in 24 markets for a total of $23.60 million internationally, which puts it about a week away from catching up to its domestic total. The film opened in fifth place in Mexico with $475,000 on 216 screens, while it added $1.50 million on 496 screens in Germany for a total of $4.22 million after two weeks of release.
  • The Tooth Fairy debuted in eighth place with $5.59 million on 1,089 screens in 7 markets. This includes a pair of second place debuts in Australia ($2.42 million on 243 screens) and in Mexico ($1.95 million on 500). In both markets it did substantially better than it did here, if you take into account the relative sizes, which could bode well for its international success.
  • The Book of Eli opened in ninth place with $4.42 million on 922 screens in 4 markets. It opened in the U.K., but only managed sixth place with $2.02 million on 385 screens. On the other hand, it opened in second place in Russia with $2.07 million on 489 screens.
  • Io, loro E Lara was pushed into second place in its native Italy by Avatar, but still added $4.22 million on 576 screens over the weekend there. That was enough for tenth place internationally, while it lifted its total to $19.04 million after just two weeks of release.
  • The Princess and the Frog fell out of the top ten with $3.64 million on 2,611 screens in 26 markets for a total of $62.72 million internationally. It had no major market openings this past weekend, but it opened in South Korea this weekend and opens in France next weekend, while it has yet to open in Spain, the U.K., and Japan.
  • Friendship! opened in 12th place with $3.61 million on 419 screens over the weekend and $3.71 million in total. Of that, $3.48 million was earned on 371 screens in Germany giving the film $3.58 million in total there, while the rest came from neighboring Austria.
  • 3 Idiots held on well this past weekend adding $3.40 million on 23 screens in 14 markets for a total of $49.32 million internationally. This is a record for an Indian film.
  • The Spy Next Door debuted in 14th place with $3.36 million on 446 screens in 4 markets, mostly from smaller markets in Southeast Asia. It debuts in Russia next weekend, so it could climb the charts when it does.
  • Woochi fell to 15th place internationally while remaining in second place in South Korea for the fourth weekend in a row with $2.83 million on 432 screens over the weekend for a total of $32.56 million.
  • Paranormal Activity climbed more than ten places to 16th with $2.58 million on 1,187 screens in 28 markets for a total of $68.14 million internationally and $176.05 million. This week it opened in fourth place in South Korea, but with only $952,000 on 216 screens over the weekend and $1.26 million in total. With Japan and Italy still ahead, the film has an outside chance at hitting $100 million internationally, but $200 million worldwide is a lot more realistic goal.
  • La Prima Cosa Bella opened in third place in Italy and 17th place internationally with $2.14 million on 333 screens.
  • Where The Wild Things Are returned to the chart in 19th place with $2.11 million on 1,171 screens in 13 markets for a total of $19.25 million. It was aided by a third place opening in Japan, but with just $1.54 million on 537 screens over the weekend and $1.82 million in total, its per theater average is way too low to suggest it will have any real legs in that market.
  • A Spot Of Bother debuted in 19th place with $1.97 million on 349 screens in 3 markets. This includes France where it made $1.88 million on 334 screens, which was enough for third place.
  • Old Dogs nearly fell out of the top 20 with $1.96 million on 1,079 screens in 24 markets for a total of $33.64 million. The film opened in Germany, but it bombed, and barely made the top ten with $427,000 on 230 screens.
  • Daybreakers fell out of the top ten with $1.96 million on 691 screens in 8 markets for a total of $6.04 million after two.
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus added $1.92 million on 504 screens in 14 markets for a total of $37.15 million. The film had no major market openings this past week, but debuted in Japan on Saturday and opens in Russia in a few days.
  • Chance Pe Dance opened in 23rd place with $1.78 million on 789 screens in 15 markets during its first weekend of release. Considering most Indian movies never chart, this isn't terrible, but it's not good either.
  • Soul Kitchen remained solid adding $1.66 million on 424 screens in 6 markets for a total of $11.15 million after four weeks of release. In Germany it added $962,000 on 240 screens over the weekend for a total of $7.62 million.
  • Nodame Cantabile remained in second place in Japan, as it has been during its entire run. This past weekend it added $1.54 million on 409 screens giving the film a month-long total of $35.90 million.
  • No Mercy held on better than most films to in South Korea down just 27% to $1.51 million on 318 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.02 million after two.
  • Bran Nue Dae opened in sixth place in Australia and 27th place internationally with $1.49 million on 231 screens over the weekend and $1.57 million in total.
  • Bandage opened in fourth place in Japan and 28th place internationally with $1.47 million on 214 screens.
  • Up nearly fell out of the top 30 with $1.46 million on 682 screens in 12 markets for a total of $434.48 million internationally and $727.46 million worldwide. It crossed the $50 million mark in Japan with $1.35 million on 582 screens over the weekend for a total of $50.60 million after seven weeks of release.
  • Easy Money rounded out the top 30 with $1.39 million on 125 screens, which was enough for first place in its native Sweden.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Up, Daybreakers, Where the Wild Things Are, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Up in the Air, Paranormal Activity, The Spy Next Door, The Tooth Fairy, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Book of Eli, Old Dogs, The Princess and the Frog, 3 Idiots, Chance Pe Dance