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International Details - Bollywood Blockbuster Breaks into Top Five

January 5th, 2009

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

Ghajini was a surprise entry in the top five as the Indian film earned $12.85 million on 1347 screens in 22 markets, which is more than enough to be considered a monster hit. In fact, it set records in its native market and could break the record set by Dhoom 2 worldwide.

  • If You Are The One grew by 7% remained in first place in China with $12.45 million on 950 screens. However, it fell to seventh place internationally, thanks to a very high level of competition.
  • Bolt grew by 35%, but still slipped a couple spots to eighth with $8.36 million on 2426 screens in 21 markets for a total of $47.95 million after a month of release. This includes a $700,000 opening on just 135 screens in China, where it was able to avoid the strict foreign film quota by playing only on 3-D screens. Additionally, it saw slight growth in Mexico, where it was up 3% to $1.56 million on 700 screens for a total of $4.23 million after two weeks of release. With openings in Australia and South Korea this weekend, it could pop into the top five, while it should match its domestic run before it ends its run in August.
  • Twilight had the worst week-to-week performance on the top 30 this past weekend, and it was only down 36%. Over the weekend it added $7.97 million on 2333 screens in 28 markets for a total of $89.19 million. It fell from first to fifth in the U.K. falling 54% to $1.68 million on 447 screens over the weekend for a total of $7.20 million after two.
  • Yes Man nearly doubled its weekend haul with $7.46 million on 1282 screens in 12 markets for a very early total of $14.48 million. The film was a Boxing Day opening in the U.K. and it earned first place with $3.40 million on 419 screens. It also topped $1 million in Spain earning $1.24 million on 190 screens over the weekend for a total of $3.15 million.
  • Like nearly every holdover on the Italian chart, Il Cosmo Sul Como saw impressive grow earning $5.57 million on 485 screens over the weekend for a total of $12.24 million. Overall, it made $6.35 million on 496 screens in 2 markets lifting its total to $13.55 million.
  • Lovey Dovey 2 opened in first place in Russia with $5.79 million on 931 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.85 million. Meanwhile, overall it managed 12th place with $6.23 million on 1027 screens in 2 markets over the weekend for a total of $7.35 million.
  • Four Christmas added $4.25 million on 2186 screens in 39 markets for a total of $32.36 million after a month of release. The film has a few more markets left to open in, but there's no chance it will come close to its domestic total. This is not surprising, because most members of the Frat Pack are box office poison internationally.
  • The Tale of Despereaux climbed into 14th place with $4.14 million on 1773 screens in 10 markets for a total of $6.99 million after two weeks of release. It managed third place with just $845,000 on 396 screens in Russia, while it bombed in Mexico with $724,000 on 540 screens over the weekend in Mexico for a total of $949,000. Family films usually excel in Mexico, so this result if very disappointing.
  • Ip Man was flat adding $3.89 million on 1044 screens in 4 markets for a total of $13.16 million.
  • 1 1/2 Knights - In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde slipped to third place in Germany with $3.55 million on 611 screens over the weekend for a total of $8.18 million. Overall it made $3.69 million on 711 screens in 3 markets for a total of $9.31 million.
  • Largo Winch earned $3.57 million on 522 screens in 3 markets over the weekend for a total of $8.96 million after two.
  • Stilyagi was the second Russian film to chart this week as it earned $3.44 million on 931 screens in 2 markets. Of that, $3.38 million was earned on 879 screens in its native market.
  • Changeling returned to the charts in 19th place with a hair under $3.00 million on 838 screens in 10 markets for a total of $31.19 million. Its best market was Spain, where it added $1.88 million on 315 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.81 million after two.
  • Buddenbrooks opened in fifth place in Germany with $2.73 million on just 238 screens, giving the film the best per screen average in the top 10 there. Internationally, it managed 20th place with $2.95 million on 272 screens in 3 markets.
  • The Spirit made its international debut this past weekend, and it was not as bad as some had feared. It opened in 21st place internationally with $2.94 million on 731 screens in 6 markets for a total of $3.86 million. This includes a sixth place, $1.13 million opening on 349 screens in Spain and $1.56 million in total there. Meanwhile, it earned fifth place in Italy with $1.10 million on 227 screens over the weekend and $1.50 million in total.
  • Quantum of Solace is coasting on holdovers at the moment, while it added $2.86 million on 2073 screens in 49 markets to its total of $376.59 million internationally and $540.89 million worldwide.
  • Nights In Rodanthe returned to the international chart in 23rd place with $2.64 million on 346 screens in 8 markets for a total of $37.59 million. This includes a sophomore stint in Italy where the film made $2.29 million on 272 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.35 million after two.
  • Inkheart added $2.61 million on 1141 screens in 5 markets for a total of $11.56 million. The film remained potent in Germany with $1.61 million on 500 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.76 million. On the other hand, it struggled in Brazil opening in fifth place with an estimated $350,000 on 175 screens.
  • Overspeed Scandal remains a powerhouse in South Korea down just 9% this past weekend to $2.53 million on 385 screens over the weekend. This was enough for first place in its native market and 25th place internationally, while its total is now $18.91 million after nearly a month of release.
  • Burn After Reading fell more than ten places to 26th with $2.40 million on 817 screens in 20 markets for a total of $87.99 million. The film has yet to open in Japan, and could reach $100 million when it does.
  • The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button opened in 27th place on the international chart with $2.37 million on 307 screens in 2 markets. Of that, $2.48 million was earned on 251 screens in Australia, while the rest came from neighboring New Zealand.
  • WALL-E nearly fell out of the top 30 with $2.26 million on 609 screens in 8 markets giving the film a total of $289.53 million. Nearly all of the weekend haul came from Japan, but due to the holidays, exact figures were not released. At this pace, $300 million internationally is still possible, but it will be very close.
  • Body Of Lies fell to 29th place with $2.04 million on 1119 screens in 41 markets for a total of $68.70 million.
  • Rounding out the international top 30, again, was Niko & The Way To The Stars, which earned $1.96 million on 1018 screens in 11 markets over the weekend for a total of $7.51 million. The film was down just 8% in France to $884,000 on 391 screens over the weekend for a total of $2.47 million after two. On the other hand, it struggled in South Korea with $239,000 on 193 screens over the weekend for a total of $583,000. And it bomed in Russia with just $164,000 on 203 screens.

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Filed under: International Box Office, WALL-E, Twilight, Quantum of Solace, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Four Christmases, Bolt, Yes Man, The Tale of Despereaux, Nights in Rodanthe, Body of Lies, Changeling, The Spirit, Inkheart, Chu Chu and the Philly Flash