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International Top Five - Bringing in the Benjamins

February 19th, 2009

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button isn't exactly bringing in the Benjamins, at least not internationally, but it is brining in the Euros and the Pounds, and the Wons. In total it made $30.49 million on 5669 screens in 49 markets for a total of $119.56 million internationally, which is nearly as much as the film has made domestically. The film opened in first place in Italy with $3.84 million on 477 screens, while it also topped the charts in South Korea with $1.84 million on 382 screens over the weekend for a total of $2.14 million. Holdovers were led by France, where the film added $4.19 million on 579 screens for a total of $10.87 million, while it climbed to first in Japan with $3.03 million on 426 screens over the weekend and $11.30 million after two. The film was solid in both the U.K. ($2.52 million on 419 screens) and in Germany ($2.49 million on 590 screens). The film now has totals of $7.27 million after two weeks in the former and $13.56 million after three weeks in the latter.

Bolt grew by 30%, which kept it in second place with $16.31 million on 3870 screens in 32 markets for a total of $133.60 million. Almost all of the film's growth came from the U.K. where it opened in first place with $4.04 million on 594 screens over the weekend, and $7.76 million including last week's previews. The film also remained in second place in France with $4.26 million on 692 screens over the weekend for a total of $10.15 million after two. It is rapidly running out of places to open in, but it is already a financial hit, while it should do excellent business on the home market.

As expected, He's Just Not That Into You reached the top five over Valentine's Day weekend earning $13.49 million on 2237 screens in 18 markets for a total of $20.27 million. New openings include Australia, where it opened in first place with $3.08 million on 253 screens, while it had to settle for second place in Germany with $2.06 million on 408 screens. Over in France it placed fourth with $2.01 million on 322 screens and it placed third in South Korea with $1.50 million on 447 screens over the weekend and $1.79 million in total. As far as holdovers go, the film added $2.54 million on 376 screens over the weekend in the U.K. and now has $6.94 million after two.

Valkyrie was relatively flat down a mere 3% to $11.42 million on 2634 screens in 50 markets for a total of $72.40 million. The film opened in a number of markets, mostly of the smaller variety. The biggest was Mexico, where the film opened in first place with $1.49 million on 535 screens.

Friday the 13th started its international run in fifth place with $9.49 million on 2166 screens in 20 markets. Its biggest market was the U.K. where it opened with $1.71 million on 268 screens, but that was only good enough for sixth place. On the other hand, it placed four in Italy with $824,000 on 198 screens. Other major markets where the film struggled include Spain ($943,000 on 230 screens for fifth place) and Germany ($811,000 on 191 screens for sixth place). Furthermore, the film bombed in France with just $523,000 on 173 screens missing the top ten in the process. Given the number of major markets it opened in, it is off to a terrible start, but it will show a profit by the end of the film's domestic run, so anything it makes internationally is pure gravy.


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Filed under: International Box Office, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bolt, He's Just Not That Into You, Valkyrie, Friday the 13th