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International Details - Body is Best of the Rest and that's No Lie

November 30th, 2008

The top film on the international scene was published on Wednesday and can be found here.

Body Of Lies opened in a quartet of major markets, the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Russia, and that helped it climb into second place with $10.17 million on 2837 screens in 32 markets for a total of $33.62 million. It earned second place in both the U.K. with $1.48 million on 393 screens and in Germany where it scored $1.43 million on 427 screens. On the other hand, it earned more in Italy with $1.64 million on 357 screens, but had to settle for third place. Meanwhile in Russia it struggled landing in eighth place with $500,000 on 142 screens.

  • Twilight opened on the international charts in third place with $9.61 million on 1436 screens in 6 markets. This includes first place openings in both Italy ($4.98 million on 551 screens) and Mexico ($2.46 million on 551 screens). The film opens in Spain at the Beginning of December, while it doesn't end its run till April when it opens in Japan.
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa remained in fourth place with $7.52 million on 1361 screens in 12 markets for a total of $57.52 million. This includes openings in Scandinavia where it earned a combined $2.36 million on 465 screens over the weekend and $3.32 million in total while it earned first place in three of the four markets (Finland was the lone exception.) The film continues its graduated roll-out this weekend with a debut in Spain, while it doesn't end its run till March when it opens in Japan.
  • Public Enemy Number One Part 2 made its debut in fifth place with $5.96 million on 530 screens in 3 markets. This is almost identical to what its predecessor earned during its opening at the end of October. Of that, $4.86 million was earned on 500 screens in France, which was enough for first place in its native market.
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year fell from second to sixth with $4.92 million on 4120 screens in 31 markets for a total of $129.89 million. Its best market remained the U.K. where it added $903,000 on 484 screens over the weekend for a total of $32.85 million after a month of release. The film had no major openings this week, but it openings in Australia next week and doesn't end its run till February when it debuts in Japan.
  • Max Payne climbed a spot to seventh with $4.24 million on 1665 screens in 13 markets for a total of $36.38 million. This includes a third place opening in Germany with $1.23 million on 400 screens, while it struggled in South Korea with $464,000 on 199 screens over the weekend and $579,000 in total.
  • Red Cliff remained in first place in Japan for the fourth week in a row adding $3.28 million on 547 screens for a total of $32.89 million in that market. Overall it has now made $102.23 million, making it one of the rare non-Hollywood films to earn $100 million internationally.
  • Changeling slipped to ninth place with $3.25 million on 700 screens in 4 markets for a two-week total of $8.89 million. It remained in second place in France with $1.89 million on 415 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.31 million after two.
  • Yuvraaj opened in 10th place with $3.22 million on 811 screens in 17 markets, which is below average for an Indian film.
  • On the other hand, Dostana is a hit adding $2.97 million on 788 screens in 17 markets to its two-week total of $11.34 million.
  • Platon opened in first place in Russia with $2.61 million on 464 screens and in the Ukraine with $226,000 on 46. Add those two markets together and you have a 12th place international opening with $2.83 million on 510 screens.
  • I Want To Be A Shellfish opened in second place in Japan and 13th internationally with $2.68 million on 330 screens.
  • Saw V had one of the worst performances on the international chart this week down more than 50% to $2.59 million on 1557 screens in 36 markets for a total of $36.81 million. It had no major openings this past weekend, but did open in Japan on the 28th.
  • The Ottoman Republic opened in first place in its native Turkey with $1.99 million on 205 screens. It also did well in Germany placing seventh with $318,000 on just 35 screens. Overall the film placed 15th with $2.51 million on 256 screens, which is exceedingly strong for a Turkish film.
  • La Fidanzata Di Papà slipped to second place in Italy and 16th place internationally with $2.220 million on 491 screens over the weekend and $6.72 million after two.
  • My Best Friend's Girl returned to the chart in 17th place with $2.20 million on 806 screens in 13 markets for a total of $13.69 million. It managed third place in the U.K. with $1.36 million on 354 screens, while it added $408,000 on 185 screens over the weekend in Spain for a total of $1.22 million after two.
  • Vilaine added $2.11 million on 259 screens in 2 markets to its total of $5.15 million after two weeks of release. Of that figure, $4.21 million has been raised in France, including $1.73 million on 246 screens this past weekend.
  • Mindo, Portrait Of A Beauty dipped just 16%, which is near miraculous for a South Korean film, while it remained in first place in its native market with $2.11 million on 450 screens for a total of $6.46 million after two weeks of release.
  • Public Enemy Number One Part 1 landed in 20th place with $2.04 million on 922 screens in 6 markets for a total of $22.42 million. The combined with its sequel, the two French film managed $8.01 million.
  • Blindness is performing better internationally than it is domestically, but that is damning it with faint praise. Over the past weekend the film earned just a hair under $2.00 million on 648 screens in 16 markets for a running tally of a mere $9.43 million.
  • A Very Russian Detective opened in second place in Russia with $1.78 million on 527 screens. While it made $154,000 on 70 screens in the Ukraine.
  • Desires of the Heart debuted in China with $1.83 million on 705 screens. That was enough for second place in its native marked and 23rd internationally.
  • Two Lovers opened in fifth place in France and 24th place internationally with $1.82 million on 229 screens. Its release date in the United States has been pushed back to February 13, that's Friday the 13th, the day before Valentine's day. I don't know what that means, but I'm sure it's a sign of something.
  • Musée Haut, Musée Bas opened in sixth place in France and 25th place internationally with $1.73 million on 305 screens in its native market.
  • Happy Fight slipped a spot to third in Japan while it fell to 26th place internationally with $1.62 million on 307 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.81 million after two.
  • No new openings sent Burn After Reading tumbling from 12th to 27th with $1.60 million on 1223 screens in 26 markets for a total of $70.27 million. Depending on how well it does in France next month, it could reach $100 million, but that's a stretch.
  • Welcome to the Sticks earned $1.33 million on 449 screens in 7 markets for a total of $225.18 million, all on a production budget of just 11 million Euro, or about $15 million American.
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona is already one of Woody Allen's biggest hits of his career and this week it added $1.28 million on 556 screens in 17 markets for a total of $43.61 million. Additionally, it has openings in Germany, Russia, Australia, the U.K., and Japan yet to happen, and it will undoubtedly add significantly to its total before it is done.
  • Nights in Rodanthe nearly fell out of the top 30 just grabbing onto the final spot on the chart with $1.16 million on 1224 screens in 28 markets for a total of $29.52 million. The film is rapidly running out of markets to open in, so it looks like it won't be able to match its domestic total on the international scene.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Twilight, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Saw V, Nights in Rodanthe, Max Payne, Body of Lies, Changeling, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, My Best Friend's Girl, Two Lovers, Blindness, Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, Dostana, Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, Red Cliff