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.
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.
- 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.
Filed under: International Box Office
, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
, Alvin and the Chipmunks
, 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
, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
, There Will Be Blood
, Meet the Spartans
, The Bank Job
, The Other Boleyn Girl
, El orfanato
, Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques
, My iz budushego
, Die Wilden Kerle 5
, Recep Ivedik
, The Chaser
, The Accidental Husband
, Desu Noto 3: L: Change the World
, 27 Dresses