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International Top Five - B.C. Breaks the Century Mark

March 26th, 2008

Not only did 10,000 B.C. remain in first place on the international charts, it also climbed above $100 million during its run. The film added $26.81 million over the weekend on 7337 screens in 57 markets for a total of $117.82 million. This includes openings in China where the movie earned second place with $3.58 million on 1,000 screens, including 537 digital ones. This broke records for widest release in China and the widest digital release on the international scene. However, a glut of new releases pushed the film from first to fifth in the U.K. with $2.06 million on 430 screens over the weekend for a total of $7.55 million. Given the film's hefty production budget and its likely P&A budget, it would need to make $300 million worldwide to have a shot at showing a profit before the home market. This is likely out of the question. On the other hand, to show a profit after the home market, it would only need to make $200 million worldwide. This has likely already happened.

Horton Hears A Who climbed to second place with $24.51 million on 6,066 screens in 49 markets for a total of $49.88 million. The film opened in first place in the U.K. with $5.87 million on 501 screens while it had to settle for second in Australia with $1.76 million on 362 screens over the weekend and $2.25 million in total. It held well in Germany, down just 23% to $2.49 million on 759 screens over the weekend and $7.32 million in total. Meanwhile, it was down just 31% in Mexico to $1.32 million on 868 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.39 million, but that is still way below expectations.

Bienvenue Chez les Ch'its slipped a spot to third with $19.50 million on 991 screens in 3 markets over the weekend for a total of $137.17 million, almost all of which has come from France. In fact, at this pace, it should break Titanic's all-time record in the market of $138.93 million from 20.64 million audience members. The latter number will be the tougher mark to break, but it should get there.

Thanks to an opening in the U.K., The Spiderwick Chronicles was able to climb into the top five, earning $14.05 million on 3,277 screens in 43 markets for a total of $28.84 million. In the U.K., the film placed second with $5.09 million on 481 screens, which is its best opening so far on the international scene. But it struggled in Russia, placing fourth with $1.65 million on 434 screens, and in Italy, where it was in sixth place with $1.15 million on 262 screens, and in Germany, placing seventh with just $1.04 million on 496 screens. It did break $100 million worldwide over the weekend, but this is not enough to make the film a financial success.

Step Up 2 The Streets climbed by 58% over the weekend, but fell to fifth place with $12.70 million on 1673 screens in 23 markets for a total of $38.35 million. In the U.K., the film opened in third place with $4.70 million on 347 screens. On the other hand, it opened in first place with Australia with $2.36 million on 188 screens. The film continues to hold on very well in many markets including South Korea where it was down just 27% to $1.50 million on 303 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.75 million and it was down just 24% in Germany with $1.24 million on 327 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.53 million.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Horton Hears a Who, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Step Up 2 the Streets, Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, 10,000 B.C.