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International Details - Japan Rising Sun on International Chart

April 26th, 2009

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

Japan was a major player on the international charts this past weekend, placing three films in the top 30, and helping a couple others as well. Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser placed first in its native market, and sixth internationally, with $6.00 million on 341 screens.

  • Red Cliff: Part II was second place in Japan and seventh place internationally with $5.73 million on 728 screens during its second weekend in that market for a total of $21.73 million. Internationally it placed seventh despite playing in just the one market, but it has amassed $84.93 million so far, and it has yet to play outside of Asia.
  • A fifth place opening in Japan with $1.18 million on just 119 screens helped Slumdog Millionaire remain in the top ten one more weekend. Overall it managed $5.64 million on 2643 screens in 45 markets for a total of $207.69 million internationally and $348.71 million worldwide. That's it as far as the international marketplace in concerned, but legs will help it remain on the charts for a few more weeks at least.
  • Race to Witch Mountain climbed a spot to ninth with $5.63 million on 2496 screens in 28 markets for a total of $24.52 million. Its biggest opening of the weekend came in Spain where it placed a very, very close second with $1.84 million on 300 screens, which is one of its best openings internationally. It was also down just 19% to $685,000 on 412 screens in the U.K. for a total of $2.78 million. If the film can reach $100 million worldwide, I think the studio will be happy with its run. I don't think they will be itching to make a sequel, but at least they will make a profit.
  • 17 Again remained in the top ten, barely, with $5.15 million on 818 screens in 9 markets for a total of $18.37 million. The film opened in a number of markets, but they were of the smaller variety. For instance, the film managed third place in New Zealand with $235,000 on 43 screens. It did hold well in Australia down just 24% to $1.70 million on 223 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.79 million, while in the U.K. is was down 31% to $2.59 million on 410 screens over the weekend for a total of $11.08 million after two. The film placed third in both of those markets.
  • Dragonball: Evolution had the worst week-to-week performance in the top 30 down 64% while falling from fourth to eleventh. Over the weekend it added $3.73 million on 4200 screens in 40 markets for a total of $43.92 million. The film's only opening of note came from Poland where it managed fifth place with just $108,000 on 50 screens. Holdovers ranged from disappointing (down 50% in Australia) to catastrophic (down 84% in the U.K.). At least it's a huge hit internationally compared to its domestic run.
  • Gran Torino crossed $100 million internationally with $3.63 million on 1983 screens in 37 markets over the weekend for a total of $100.65 million after three months. This weekend it opens in Japan, but that's the last market of note for the film. That said, it is still a huge hit, one of the biggest in Clint Eastwood's career of acting or directing.
  • Crows Zero 2 fell 39% during its second weekend in Japan, which is a little high for that market, but it still added $3.47 million on 314 screens for a total of $13.42 million. That was enough for third place in that market, and 13th place internationally.
  • Safari slipped a spot to third in France with $2.44 million on 572 screens over the weekend and $11.68 million after three. Internationally it place 14th with $2.89 million on 567 screens in 3 markets for a total of $13.77 million.
  • The Boat That Rocked remained in 15th place with $2.86 million on 1622 screens in 13 markets for a total of $11.93 million. The film struggled during its debut in Germany with $818,000 on 497 screens, which was only enough for seventh place there. It was able to earn sixth place during its third weekend of release in the U.K. adding $729,000 on 439 screens for a total of $7.06 million in its native market. Meanwhile in Australia is placed fifth with $732,000 on 291 screens over the weekend for a total of $2.45 million.
  • In The Electric Mist started its international run with $2.38 million on 225 screens in 2 markets, including a fourth place, $2.07 million opening on 219 screens in France. The film went direct-to-DVD here, but this result suggests it had box office potential.
  • Despite no major openings, Paul Blart: Mall Cop remained strong with $2.31 million on 1288 screens in 17 markets for a total of $28.70 million.
  • Marley & Me is coasting on holdovers added $2.03 million on 1562 screens in 17 markets for a total of $96.05 million. This makes hitting $100 million internationally a lot more likely.
  • State Of Play made its debut on the international chart in 19th place with $1.98 million on 386 screens in 4 markets. Its only major market debut came in Spain where it placed first with $1.86 million on 322 screens.
  • Duplicity fell to 20th place with $1.91 million on 1218 screens in 24 markets for a total of $24.52 million after a month of release. The film opened in South Korea but only managed 10th place with $130,000 on 155 screens over the weekend and $156,000 in total. It added $605,000 on 203 screens in Italy for a total of $2.09 million after two.
  • La Première Etoile climbed a spot to 21st with $1.87 million on 360 screens in 2 markets for a total of $11.03 million. Of that, $1.63 million was earned on 350 screens in France and the film now has $9.69 million in total.
  • Crayon Shin-chan: Otakebe! Kasukabe Yasei Oukoku opened in fourth place in Japan and 22nd place internationally with $1.69 million on 323 screens over the weekend, which puts it just above the $5000 per screen average that is usually so key for that market.
  • Taras Bulba more than 50% and 10 spots to 23rd with $1.68 million on 653 screens in 2 markets for a total of $16.14 million. In Russia, it managed third place with $1.58 million on 563 screens over the weekend for a total of $14.49 million after three.
  • I Love You, Man made its international debut in 24th place with $1.70 million on 370 screens in 2 markets. Of this, $1.64 million was earned on 336 screens in the U.K., which was enough for fourth place in that market.
  • Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea added $1.52 million on 305 screens in 4 markets for a total of $181.55 million. The film earned eighth place in France with $1.35 million on 258 screens over the weekend for a total of $3.22 million after two.
  • The Haunting in Connecticut returned to the international chart in 26th place with $1.35 million on 728 screens in 4 markets for a total of $6.80 million. The film was aided by a $651,000, third place opening on 300 screens in Mexico.
  • The Reader added $1.31 million on 1021 screens in 27 markets for a total of $53.61 million.
  • Bank Error In Your Favour placed ninth in France and 29th internationally with $1.29 million on 399 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.03 million.
  • Private Eye slipped to second in South Korea while it fell to 29th place internationally with $1.16 million on 305 screens over the weekend for a total of $7.58 million after three.
  • He's Just Not That Into You fell 30th place with $1.15 million on 726 screens in 19 markets for a total of $67.82 million. The Netherlands helped it remain in the top 30 one more week, as it placed second there with $276,000 on 85 screens over the weekend and $439,000 in total.
Meanwhile, Hannah Montana the Movie started its international run in Poland scoring a close second place with $416,000 on 105 screens. This is better than I would have predicted, and could bode well for its international run. That said, I seriously doubt it will match its domestic run, and $100 million worldwide is a more realistic goal.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Gran Torino, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Marley & Me, Slumdog Millionaire, He's Just Not That Into You, Hannah Montana the Movie, I Love You, Man, Race to Witch Mountain, 17 Again, The Haunting in Connecticut, Duplicity, State of Play, The Reader, Gake no ue no Ponyo, Dragonball Evolution, Chi Bi Juezhan Tianxia, The Boat That Rocked