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International Top of the Chart: No A-List New Releases

June 16th, 2010

There were no new releases that dominated the international box office, which allowed Sex and the City 2 to remain in first place with $23.86 million on 7204 screens in 58 markets for a total of $133.04 million internationally and $217.70 million worldwide. The film opened in South Korea, but bombed with just $676,000 on 303 screens over the weekend and $856,000 in total. On the other hand, it remained in first place in the U.K. with $2.19 million on 542 screens over the weekend for a total of $25.59 million after three weeks of release. This film might not make as much worldwide as the original made internationally, but $250 million at the global box office should still be enough to show a profit sometime during the home market. However, don't expect the franchise to be stretched to a trilogy.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was close behind, earning $20.14 million on 8998 screens in 51 markets for a total of $191.61 million internationally and $263.84 million worldwide. So far it has earned 72% of its total box office internationally, which is fortunate, as it has struggled domestically. However, with a $200 million price-tag, it needed to make a lot more to show a profit any time soon. If it can make it to $300 million worldwide, I think the studio can call it a victory, even if that's a little pyrrhic.

The best new release of the week was The A-Team, which opened in third place with $14.40 million on 3924 screens in 34 markets. It was strong in Australia with $2.9 million on 324 screens, which is actually better than it opened with here, taking into account the relative size of the two markets. It was also surprisingly strong in Taiwan, garnering an estimated $1 million on 109 screens. On the other hand, it's performance was only mixed in Russia ($1.7 million on 755 screens); South Korea ($1.49 million on 422); Mexico ($857,000 on 774); and in Brazil ($770,000 on 256). The film opened in France, Italy, and Spain this weekend, but the World Cup might prove too strong competition in those markets, further eroding the film's box office chances.

Robin Hood remained in fourth place for the third weekend in a row, but we will get to that film and the rest of the multimillion dollar movies on the weekend.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Sex and the City 2, The A-Team, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time