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International Box Office: Resident Evil Still Has a Lot of Life

September 29th, 2010

Another week, another milestone for Resident Evil: Afterlife, this time crossing $200 million worldwide, which makes it the first in the franchise to do so. Over the weekend it led the international box office with $25.20 million on 6519 screens in 55 markets for a total of $154.71 million internationally and $206.78 million worldwide. It managed top spot during its debut in France with $2.96 million on 408 screens, but that's below average for its run so far. Meanwhile, it added $2.87 million on 633 screens in Japan for a total of $38.51 million after three weeks of release there. That's almost as much as Inception has made in that market, and its been there for ten weeks.

Eat Pray Love shot into second place with $12.88 million on 2616 screens in 15 markets for a total of $19.99 million. The film opened in first place in Spain, but with $2.11 million on 345 screens, it was hardly a powerhouse. It managed second place in Germany with $2.63 million on 504 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $3.12 million. It also opened in second place in the U.K. with $1.84 million on 433 screens, while it had to settle for third place in France with $1.91 million on 304.

Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen opened in third place with $11.26 million on 858 screens in 7 markets over the weekend for a total opening of $14.48 million. Unfortunately we don't have individual market breakdowns for this film, but one can assume most of its box office was earned in its native market, China.

Inception added $9.64 million on 3966 screens in 53 markets for a total of $496.87 million internationally and $783.92 million worldwide. It did earn first place in Italy, but with $3.54 million on 578 screens, which is weaker than it has managed in other markets. That said, by this time next week it will have reached $500 million internationally, while $800 million worldwide is practically inevitable.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opened in fifth place with $9.32 million on 1743 screens in 41 markets. Its market count was huge; however, of those markets, only two of them could be considered major markets: Australia and Brazil. In the former it opened in second place with $1.72 million on 283 screens, while in the latter it made $801,000 on 154, placing fourth.

Umizaru 3: The Last Message fell from second to sixth internationally, which sounds bad till you learn it was down just 26% and remained in first place in Japan. It added $8.20 million on 467 screens over the weekend and already has $38.06 million in total.

The Last Airbender rose 24% to $7.09 million on 2360 screens in 37 markets for a total of $168.90 million internationally and $300.47 million worldwide. It opened in second place in Italy with $2.94 million on 428 screens, but its per screen average was the best in the top ten in that market.

Despicable Me remained in eigth place with $6.52 million on 1423 screens of a total of $98.51 million internationally and $344.02 million worldwide. It rose to second place in South Korea with $2.30 million on 359 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.54 million after two. Meanwhile, it remained in first place in Australia with $2.12 million on 405 screens over the weekend for a total of $11.43 million after four. The film opens in Germany this weekend, while it has openings in France, Italy, the U.K., Japan, and other markets throughout October.

The Town leaped up to ninth place with $4.65 million on 896 screens in 6 markets for a very early total of $7.70 million. The film opened in third place with $1.59 million on 321 screens, while it only managed fifth place in Germany with $775,000 on 186 screens. On the other hand, it added $1.61 million on 297 screens over the weekend in France for a total of $4.24 million after two.

Rounding out the top ten was Under The Hawthorn Tree which added $3.94 million on 580 screens in China lifting its total to $12.11 million after two weeks of release.

Grown Ups was stronger than expected in Brazil opening in third place with $1.29 million on 175 screens. Overall it managed 12th place with $3.60 million on 1666 screens in 45 markets for a total of $93.91 million internationally and $255.33 million worldwide. It is the first Adam Sandler film to reach that milestone.

Toy Story 3 fell to 18th place, but it still added $2.86 million on 2054 screens in 26 markets for a total of $639.95 million internationally and $1.05 billion worldwide. It is now less than $15 million away from overtaking Dead Man's Chest, but it is rapidly running out of momentum and will likely not get there.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Inception, Despicable Me, The Last Airbender, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Grown Ups, Toy Story 3, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, The Town, Eat Pray Love