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International Details - Good Start for Martial Artist Mutants

April 1st, 2007

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started its international run this past weekend and just missed the top five on debut. It did manage $3.92 million on 1,004 screens in 8 markets over the weekend and $4.53 million including previews. Of this box office, nearly half of it came from a pair of third place openings in England ($1.27 million on 368 screens over the weekend and $1.86 million in total), and Australia ($379,000 on 58 screens). The film also opened in Russia where the strong mutant demographic helped the film capture second place with $1.38 million on 360 screens. (That was a Chernobyl joke, by the way.)

  • It was a milestone weekend for Night at the Museum as it crossed $300 million internationally. I think there were a lot of people who didn't think this film would make half that much worldwide, so this is one of the biggest surprises of the year. Over the weekend, the film added $3.81 million on 1,624 screens in 10 markets for a total of $301.83 million. This includes a repeat performance on top of the Japanese charts with just under $3.00 million on 566 screens for a total of $12.44 million. On the other hand, that was a 41% drop-off from its opening last week, and that is high for the market.
  • The Number 23 returned to the charts with $3.56 million on 988 screens in 18 markets for a total of $18.35 million. The film opened in two major markets but stumbled in both, earning third in South Korea with $1.13 million on 170 screens over the weekend and $1.31 million in total while it placed fourth in Germany with $706,000 on 209 screens.
  • Wild Hogs slipped to ninth place with $2.98 million on 594 screens in 7 markets for a very early total of $11.26 million. Even more impressive, almost all of that came from holdovers like Australia where the film remained in first place, down just 14% to $1.79 million on 291 screens for a total of $8.13 million.
  • Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure Into The Underworld climbed into second place in Japan and 10th place internationally with $2.64 million on 331 screens over the weekend and $14.67 million in total.
  • Epic Movie added $2.61 million on 1203 screens in 13 markets for a total of $28.33 million internationally.
  • Il 7 E L'8 climbed 20% in Italy over the weekend earning $2.34 million on 304 screens for a total of $5.13 million after two weeks. This was enough to place second in Italy and 12th internationally.
  • Déjà vu also saw considerable growth this weekend climbing into 13th place with $2.22 million on 855 screens in 6 markets for a total of $111.42 million. This growth was thanks to the film's opening in China, the last market in its international tour; there it took in $1.3 million on 200 screens, but a placing was not known.
  • Unfair: The Movie slipped a spot to third in Japan with $2.14 million on 260 screens for a total of $9.51 million after two weeks.
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer returned to the charts thanks to its second place opening in South Korea. There the film earned $1.77 million on 232 screens over the weekend and $2.04 million in total. Overall it made $2.09 million on 532 screens in 8 markets for an international total of $125.11 million, which is miles ahead of the mere $2.22 million it managed here.
  • La Vie En Rose added $2.08 million on 971 screens in 8 markets to its total of $44.63 million. Of that total, $39.25 million has come from France, including $1.45 million on 641 screens this past weekend.
  • It was a record-breaking debut for Mr. Bean's Holiday. The film opened officially in just two markets, Singapore with $1.1 million on 43 screens and Malaysia with $740,000 on 49. Both of those were opening weekend records for comedies in the respective markets. That's not enough to reach the top five, or even the top ten, but the film also had its previews in the U.K. scoring an amazing $3.6 million on 478 screens on Saturday's previews, but that won't be officially counted till its opening this weekend.
  • Hot Fuzz added $1.80 million on 550 screens in 3 markets to its total of $42.33 million. So far the film has only opened in the three English-speaking international markets, but has earned big numbers from all three. The biggest numbers have come from the U.K., obviously, where it has made $39.38 million including $818,000 on 363 screens this past weekend.
  • Premonition added two markets, the Philippines and Taiwan, but box office data for those were not released. We do know the film remained in second place in the U.K. with $1.44 million on 356 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.70 million while its made $1.75 million on 439 screens in 3 markets over the weekend and $5.06 million in total.
  • Namastey London is the latest Bollywood film to chart as it took in $1.73 million on 573 screens in 17 markets during its opening. This includes $469,000 on 42 screens in the U.K. where it was able to open in ninth place.
  • Neues Vom Wixxer remained in first place in Germany while it slipped to 21st internationally. Overall it added $17.2 million on 657 screens in 2 markets for a total of $4.43 million.
  • The Lives of Others slipped a spot to 22nd with $1.67 million on 553 screens in 14 markets for a total of $34.58 million.
  • Ho Voglia Di Te had one of the worst performances on the charts this week falling 56% and 16 places. It fell from first to fourth in Italy with $1.64 million on 390 screens for a total of $18.37 million internationally.
  • The Holiday returned to the charts in 24th place with $1.56 million on 357 screens in 9 markets for a total of $130.98 million. Most of that came from the film's fourth place, $1.49 million opening on 277 screens in Japan. That was just over the $5000 per screen average that usually leads to strong legs in that market, and if that is the case here, it could hit $200 million worldwide.
  • Arthur And The Invisibles also returned to the charts pulling in $1.44 million on 1265 screens in 17 markets for a total of $90.02 million. Russia was the big market this past weekend where the film managed fourth with $612,000 on 279 screens while it has yet to open in a select number of markets and should cross $100 million internationally before too long.
  • Hannibal Rising took a tumble down more than 10 places to 26th with $1.40 million on 885 screens in 18 markets for a total of $43.81 million. The film was again led by Spain, despite losing nearly half of its opening there this weekend. It was still able to add $906,000 on 325 screens for a total of $3.09 million.
  • The Pursuit Of Happyness has nearly fallen out of the charts down to 27th place with $1.37 million on 1189 screens in 47 markets for a total of $139.74 million internationally.
  • Curse Of The Golden Flower added $1.27 million on 432 screens in 6 markets to its international total of $55.67 million.
  • The French film, Taxi 4, had the worst week-to-week performance on the charts plummeting 69% while falling from 6th place to 29th. On the other hand, the film sill added $1.24 million on 768 screens in 7 markets to its total of $51.73 million, which is more that enough to make the studio happy.
  • Because I Said So landed on the charts for the first time placing 30th with $1.23 million on 384 screens in 5 markets for an early international total of $3.56 million. Most of the weekend's total came from Italy where the film struggled in sixth place with $721,000 on 219 screens.
  • Bridge to Terabithia was in a virtual tie for 30th place as it also pulled in $1.23 million on 1061 screens in 15 markets for a total of $15.34 million. The film's best market of the weekend was Spain where it placed sixth in its fourth weekend of release with $470,000 on 294 screens for a total of $4.58 million. If it can repeat this performance when it opens in France this weekend, it could have a strong international run.
  • Shooter started its international run in Brazil earning $285,000 on 105 screens.
  • Reign Over Me also struggled in its first international market making just $222,000 on 56 screens in Australia.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Night at the Museum, Wild Hogs, The Pursuit of Happyness, Bridge to Terabithia, The Holiday, TMNT, Premonition, Shooter, Because I Said So, Epic Movie, The Number 23, Mr. Bean's Holiday, Hannibal Rising, Hot Fuzz, Reign Over Me, Arthur et les Minimoys, Das Leben der Anderen, Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Namastey London