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International Details - Slumdog Continues to Earn Millions

February 8th, 2009

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

Slumdog Millionaire slipped to sixth place with $7.67 million on 1275 screens in 12 markets for a total of $42.46 million. The film had no major openings this past weekend, but it added $3.02 million on 416 screens during its fourth weekend on top of the charts in the U.K. for a total of $18.21 million in that one market.

  • Twilight fell from fourth to seventh with $7.34 million on 2593 screens in 40 markets for a total of $170.02 million. The film had no major openings this past weekend, but with Japan still ahead, it could match its domestic total, and might even make it to $200 million internationally.
  • Twentieth Century Boys 2 debuted in first place in Japan and eighth place internationally with $6.94 million on 374 screens.
  • Red Cliff 2 added $5.63 million on 1638 screens in 6 markets for a total of $53.82 million. It grew by 22% in South Korea earning $2.54 million on 463 screens over the weekend giving the film a total of $9.87 million after two.
  • Bolt returned to the top ten, barely, with $5.37 million on 2628 screens in 29 markets for a total of $99.73 million. It's coasting on holdovers at the moment, but next week the film will opened in the U.K. and France, and could reach the top five when it does.
  • Bride Wars expanded again this past weekend earning $4.89 million on 1845 screens in 27 markets for a total of $24.16 million. The film opened in third place in Mexico with $754,000 on 403 screens, but it earned more during its third weekend in the U.K. ($887,000 on 380 screens) and during its fourth weekend in Australia ($789,000 on 281). In those two markets the film has made $8.21 million and $5.68 million respectively.
  • Look for a Star opened in first place China with $7.01 million on 303 screens, but that was for the full week. Over the weekend the film earned $4.78 million on 337 screens in 2 markets for a total of $8.52 million.
  • Inkheart returned to the chart in 13th place with $4.44 million on 1948 screens in 18 markets for a total of $23.69 million. Its biggest market in terms of raw dollars was South Korea where the film managed $1.32 million on 298 screens, which was enough for fourth place. On the other hand, the film landed in second place in Mexico, but earned just $789,000 on 403 screens. In France it bombed missing the top ten with just $809,000 on 300 screens.
  • Australia fell to 14th place with $4.43 million on 2921 screens in 20 markets for a total of $138.15 million. The film is shedding screens and markets at the moment, but with a few more openings left, it will continue to add to its international total, which is almost three times its domestic total.
  • Italians remained in first place in Italy but fell to 15th place internationally with $4.15 million on 609 screens over the weekend for a total of $12.83 million in total.
  • Mamma Mia! returned to the charts in 16th place with $3.95 million on 363 screens in 3 markets for a total of $432.98 million. Practically all of this came from Japan, where the film opened in second place with $3.93 million on 337 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.88 million. This is a market that tends to reward musicals, and a market that tends to have long legs. That said, it is unlikely it will catch either The Dark Knight or Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and climb out of third place on the international chart for 2008.
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa earned $3.51 million on 3591 screens in 36 markets for a total of $395.10 million internationally and $574.38 million worldwide. Next week the film opens in Poland, where it should do extremely well, while it has openings in South Korea and Japan ahead.
  • All's Well, Ends Well opened in first place in Hong Kong with $1.28 million on 40 screnes over the weekend and $2.69 million in total. Overall it managed 18th place with $3.41 million on 335 screens in 4 markets for a total of $8.44 million.
  • Silver Medalist grew by 20% added $3.15 million on 555 screens in China for a total of $7.74 million. That was enough for third place in its native market and 19th place internationally. Assuming the film didn't cost more to advertise than it cost to make, and assuming the studio receives at least 50% of the box office, then the film has managed to earn a profit already.
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans added $3.11 million on 831 screens in 30 markets for a total of $10.35 million.
  • Bedtime Stories was next in 21st place with $2.85 million on 2638 screens in 30 markets for a total of $80.03 million. The film still has a number of markets left to open in, including a few major markets, and it has a real shot at $100 million or more before it is done.
  • Quantum Of Solace fell 60% during its second weekend in Japan adding $2.64 million on 345 screens to its total of $12.77 million. Overall it made $2.70 million on 438 screens in 15 markets for a total of $405.80 million, making it only the second Bond film to crack $400 million internationally. However, it won't catch Casino Royale worldwide, but it is still a monster hit.
  • Changeling slipped a few places to 23rd with $2.41 million on 1175 screens in 41 markets for a total of $51.32 million. The film has already made more internationally than it did domestically, and while it is hard to describe the film as a financial success, it does have at least some shot at becoming profitable sometime during its home market run.
  • Role Models returned to the chart in 24th place with $2.33 million on 774 screens in 12 markets for a t total of $15.14 million. The film opened in Spain, which was the film's first major, non-English market and it opened in fifth place with $768,000 on 220 screens, which is right inline with expectations.
  • Die Wilden Hühner und das Leben, a.k.a., The Wild ... Honey? And the... Leben. I know that word. Living. The Wild Honey and the Living. That's probably not right. Doesn't matter. What matters is the fact that it opened in fourth place in Germany with $1.97 million on 460 screens. Overall in managed 25th place with $2.23 million on 519 screens in 3 markets.
  • Kansen Rettô, a.k.a. Pandemic, fell to fourth place in Japan and 26th place internationally with $2.20 million on 324 screens over the weekend for a total of $13.10 million after three.
  • Doubt made its first push into the international markets landing in 27th place with $2.13 million on 496 screens in 14 markets lifting its early total to $3.83 million. It Italy it placed ninth with $722,000 on 153 screens, while in Spain it managed fourth with $816,000 on 131. If I were to guess, I would have expected those two results to be reversed, as Italy tends to reward Oscar caliber films. However, perhaps the subject matter turned some off.
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua nearly fell out of the top 30 with $2.12 million on 960 screens in 9 markets for a total of $34.74 million. The film opens in Spain and Poland this coming weekend, and still has a number of major markets left to open in. I don't think it will match its domestic total, but should earn enough to ensure a profit during its initial push into the home market.
  • Transporter 3 fell to 29th place with $2.07 million on 1041 screens in 14 markets for a total of $57.37 million. The film has yet to open in Australia and China and a few other markets, and it could reach $100 million worldwide before it is done.
  • The Very Best Film 2 fell from sixth to 30th with $2.06 million on 1068 screens in 4 markets for a total of $13.31 million, most of which was earned in its native Russia. Granted, a 70% drop-off is terrible, and it won't live up to its predecessor, but this is still not a bad run for a Russian movie. I wouldn't suggest making a third movie, but this is far from a tragedy.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Twilight, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Quantum of Solace, Mamma Mia!, Slumdog Millionaire, Bolt, Bedtime Stories, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Role Models, Bride Wars, Australia, Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans, Changeling, Doubt, Transporter 3, Inkheart, Silver Medalist, Chi Bi Juezhan Tianxia