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International details - Agora Speaks to the Masses

October 19th, 2009

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

Agora opened in first place in Spain and sixth place internationally with $7.90 million on 462 screens. This is great news, as the film cost $70 million to make and it will need a massive run to break even. It won't have to earn all of it in Spain, on the other hand, and should perform well throughout Europe and when it opens here.

  • Fame rose to seventh place with $7.58 million on 2260 screens in 23 markets for a total of $26.99 million. The film was aided by its second place opening in France where it made $2.48 million on 455 screens, but that was for the full week. It opened in third place in Italy with $1.11 million on 337 screens. It has already made more internationally than it has made domestically, but only a small production budget is saving the film's bottom line.
  • The Message fell to eighth place with $7.00 million on 726 screens in 2 markets for a total of $21.28 million. The film starts expanding in earnest throughout Asian next weekend, which could help it remain on the international top 30 for a while.
  • Surrogates fell from first place to ninth place with $6.74 million on 2585 screens in 26 markets for a total of $40.13 million. The lack of major market openings hurt, but that's still a sharp drop-off and troubling for a film with its production budget.
  • The Founding Of A Republic fell to 10th place with $5.71 million on 672 screens in 4 markets for a total of $57.59 million.
  • Männerherzen opened in first place in Germany with $4.80 million on 587 screens while adding in smaller markets it managed 11th place internationally with $5.57 million on 685 screens in 3 markets.
  • Fellow German film, Vicky the Viking, was right behind with $4.80 million on 1324 screens in 4 markets and it now has $43.93 million after a month of release. Most of this came from its native market where it pulled in $3.06 million on 803 screens over the weekend for a total of $32.54 million after a month of release.
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs added $4.64 million on 1754 screens in 27 markets for a total of $29.05 million. It had no major market openings this past weekend, but its international run is far from over at this point.
  • The Final Destination slipped a spot to 14th with $4.22 million on 1842 screens in 42 markets for a total of $94.18 million. It opened in first place in Mexico with $1.33 million on 358 screens. At this pace, it will have no trouble becoming the first film in the franchise to reach $100 million internationally. In fact, it should earn more internationally than any other of the previous installments made worldwide.
  • Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji opened in first place in Japan and 15th place internationally with $4.04 million on 306 screens.
  • District 9 earned 16th place with $3.75 million on 2004 screens in 37 markets for a total of $69.64 million after two months of release. to 12th place with $5.00 million on 2456 screens in 9 markets over the weekend for a total of $64.20 million. It still has a few major markets left to open in, but it will have a nearly impossible task to overtake its domestic total at this point.
  • Zombieland debuted in 17th place with $3.60 million on 633 screens in 5 markets. The film opened in second place in the U.K. with $1.95 million on 298 screens, while it placed first in Russia with $1.60 million on 330 screens.
  • Couples Retreat was next with $2.90 million on 226 screens in 2 markets. Of that, $2.72 million was earned on 217 screens in Australia, where it placed first. The rest came from the film's third place opening in New Zealand.
  • Fast & Furious returned to the chart in 19th place with $2.35 million on 322 screens, all of which came from the film's second place debut in Japan. So far the film has $197.47 million internationally, and has likely already cracked $200 million at this point.
  • Baarìa slipped to second place in Italy while it fell to 20th place internationally with $2.31 million on 472 screens.
  • Julie & Julia popped back onto the chart in 21st place with $2.23 million on 865 screens in 22 markets over the weekend for a total of $12.44 million internationally. It climbed to 4th place in Australia as it expanded there pulling in $1.33 million on 285 screens over the weekend and $1.79 million after two.
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire continues to perform well earned $2.17 million on 470 screens in 6 markets for a total of $26.60 million.
  • [REC] 2 fell to third place in Spain and 23rd place internationally with $1.92 million on 355 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.70 million after two. It is still above the pace of its predecessor, but it is not showing the same legs, which is to be expected.
  • Wake Up Sid fell more than 50% to $1.91 million on 597 screens in 15 markets for a total of $6.97 million; however, this is still better than average for an Indian film.
  • Mao's Last Dancer slipped a spot to third in Australia and 25th internationally with $1.80 million on 267 screens, giving the film $5.63 million after two weeks of release.
  • Whatever Works remained in 26th place with $1.76 million on 412 screens in 7 markets for a total of $17.84 million.
  • The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 nearly fell off the chart this past weekend pulling in just $1.74 million on 1435 screens in 33 markets. Its total of $78.56 million isn't bad, but the film did cost a lot to make.
  • The Invention Of Lying added $1.71 million on 369 screens during its second weekend in the U.K. and it now has $5.96 million in that market. This film should have no trouble showing a profit relatively soon. It will get there internationally, if it can find an audience outside of English speaking markets, on the home market if it can not.
  • My Sister's Keeper returned to the chart, barely, grabbing 29th place with $1.65 million on 689 screens in 19 markets for a total of $36.59 million. This was mostly thanks to the film's third place, $1.24 million opening in Japan, where it now has $1.56 million including midweek numbers. That's the film's last major market, but it still has a few others that will add some to its total. Not enough to match its domestic run, but perhaps enough to show a profit during its initial push into the home market.
  • The Proposal nearly fell out of the top 30 with $1.50 million on 642 screens in 27 markets, but it did lift its totals to $148.94 million internationally and $312.54 million worldwide.

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Filed under: International Box Office, The Proposal, Fast & Furious, District 9, Julie & Julia, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Final Destination, My Sister's Keeper, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Whatever Works, Zombieland, Surrogates, Fame, Couples Retreat, The Invention of Lying, Agora