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International Details - International Auds Meet the Spartans

March 9th, 2008

Meet the Spartans made its first major push into the international market this past weekend earning sixth place with $7.94 million on 1653 screens in 14 markets for an early total of $12.90 million. Its biggest opening came in Germany where it scored second place with $3.01 million on 304 screens, however, it earned first place in both Mexico with $1.35 million on 543 screens and in Australia with $1.29 million on 211 screens. On the other hand, it fell by 59% during its second weekend in Russia pulling in $526,000 on 275 screens over the weekend for a total of $2.27 million after two.

  • Asterix At The Olympic Games fell out of the top five, but still earned $6.37 million on 3039 screens in 27 markets for a very healthy total of $118.61 million. This very close to its production budget, depending on which end of the range it landed on and on the exchange rate. Regardless, it has to be seen as a financial success, especially in its home market. Speaking of France, the film added $2.81 million on 1003 screens over the weekend for a total of $57.09 million after a month of release.
  • Rambo slipped six spots on the charts landing in eighth place with $6.31 million on 2712 screens in 35 markets for a total of $50.13 million. The film opened in seventh place in South Korea but only earned $363,000 on 262 screens over the weekend for a total of $473,000. It also fell nearly 60% in the U.K. to just $1.01 million on 299 screens for a total of $4.81 million. Even so, $100 million worldwide is still in its sights and it should get there before it closes its international run in Japan at the end of May.
  • Juno opened in Russia placing eighth with $351,000 on 180 screens, which was inline with expectations, more or less. It also added $1.37 million on 373 screens over the weekend in the U.K. for a total of $15, 98 million and should reach $20 million in that market before too long. Overall it made $6.10 million on 1910 screens in 28 markets for a total of $48.37 million and it is closing in on $200 million worldwide.
  • There Will Be Blood climbed into the top ten with $5.49 million on 1110 screens in 33 markets for a total of $17.85 million. The film grew by 20% in the U.K. adding $1.20 million on 193 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.28 million in total.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street went in the other direction down 43% to $4.93 million on 2207 screens in 44 markets for a total of $91.20 million. It only has one more significant opening left, which is Russia in April, but it should reach $100 million before then.
  • The Bucket List was down only 17%, but that was not enough to keep it in the top ten. Over the past weekend it added $4.74 million on 1907 screens in 25 markets for a total of $42.82 million. It opened in France but failed to make a serious impact landing in ninth place with $783,000 on 244 screens.
  • 27 Dresses opened in Spain and that helped in climb to 13th place with $4.56 million on 1743 screens in 26 markets for a total of $34.00 million. In that market is earned second place with $1.62 million on 308 screens over the weekend and $1.68 million including some previews.
  • The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep opened in fourth place in Russia with $592,000 on 154 screens, but that was not enough to keep it in the top ten internationally. Overall it added $4.48 million on 2292 screens in 35 markets for a total of $39.45 million, which is nearly identical to its domestic run.
  • The Chaser remained in first place in South Korea down just 8% to $4.43 million on 459 screens over the weekend for a total of $19.44 million after three.
  • National Treasure: The Book of Secrets tumbled more than 10 places from 5th to 16th with $4.37 million on 2070 screens in 26 markets for a total of $219.69 million. It has now earned more internationally than domestically, which is also a feat the original did, but barely.
  • Step Up 2 The Streets entered the international charts for the first time earning 17th place with $4.31 million on 548 screens in 10 markets over the weekend for a total of $5.87 million. This includes a surprisingly strong third place, $1.30 million opening on 260 screens in Russia.
  • Recep Ivedik remained in first place in Turkey with $4.29 million on 233 screens over the weekend for a total of $13.56 million.
  • Earth returned to first place in Germany with $3.35 million on 421 screens for a total of $15.72 million. Overall it slipped to 19th place with $3.73 million on 602 screens in 4 markets for a total of $54.97 million. With such strong sales, I could see the movie earning a theatrical release here, even though the mini-series version has already generated close to $200 million on the home market here.
  • Die Wilden Kerle 5 remained very strong down just 16% to $3.46 million on 852 screens in 3 markets for a total of $8.47 million. Of that, $2.92 million on 706 screens came from its second weekend in Germany for a total of $7.03 million.
  • Paris fell from 9th to 21st place with $2.96 million on 515 screens in 3 markets for a total of $9.90 million. Of that, $2.81 million came on 482 screens in France for a total of $9.68 million in its native market.
  • L: Change the World held well in Japan down just 18% to $2.20 million on 316 screens over the weekend and $23.63 million after four. On the other hand, it collapsed during its second weekend in South Korea down 66^ to $367,000 on 279 screens for a total of $2.17 million. Overall the film added $2.81 million on 607 screens in 6 markets for a total of $29.18 million.
  • Charlie Wilson's War added $2.63 million on 1263 screens in 40 markets for a total of $40.36 million. The film opened in Mexico but could only pull in $371,000 on 185 screens over the weekend, which was only strong enough for sixth place. It also fell nearly 60% during its second weekend in Spain adding $689,000 on 256 screens for a total of $2.77 million.
  • P.S. I Love You also opened in Mexico, and it also struggled with $390,000 on 193 screens placing fourth. Overall it earned $2.43 million on 1439 screens in 31 markets for a total of $77.55 million, which is nearly double what it earned domestically.
  • Russia is not a market known for strong legs, but the local hit, We Are From the Future, was down just 14% to $2.41 million on 472 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.50 million after two. That was enough for 1st in the market and 25th overall.
  • Ba: Bo opened in third place in South Korea and 26th place internationally with $2.29 million on 342 screens over the weekend and $2.72 million in total.
  • Taken was the second new French film to chart this week as it placed 27th with $2.16 million on 350 screens, all of which came from its fourth place debut in its native market.
  • The Orphanage returned to the charts in 28th place with $2.08 million on 839 screens in 11 markets for a total of $54.97 million. This includes a second place, $1.30 million opening on 307 screens in Russia, which was a popular destination for films this past weekend.
  • Alvin And The Chipmunks remained on the charts for one more week as it earned $2.01 million on 1002 screens in 10 markets for a total of $134.45 million.
  • The Bank Job started its international run with a first place, $1.89 million opening on 324 screens in U.K., which was just enough for 30th place.
There were a few other new releases on the international scene that just failed to reach the top 30. The Other Boleyn Girl opened with $1.78 million on 308 screens in 5 markets over the weekend, $1.32 million on that coming from 215 screens in Spain. Meanwhile Semi-Pro opened in second place in the U.K. with $1.54 million on 345 screens. Finally, The Accidental Husband debuted in fourth place in the U.K. with $1.40 million on 323 screens; this film doesn't open stateside till late August.


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Filed under: International Box Office, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Taken, Juno, The Bucket List, Charlie Wilson's War, Step Up 2 the Streets, P.S. I Love You, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Rambo, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, There Will Be Blood, Meet the Spartans, Semi-Pro, Earth, The Bank Job, The Other Boleyn Girl, El orfanato, Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques, Paris, Babo, My iz budushego, Die Wilden Kerle 5, Recep Ivedik, The Chaser, The Accidental Husband, Desu Noto 3: L: Change the World, 27 Dresses