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International Top Five - Bean Beats Up Spartans

April 11th, 2007

Mr. Bean's Holiday was able to repeat on top of the international charts this week thanks to a mix of impressive openings and strong holdovers. For instance, the film opened in first place in Italy with a strong $2.34 million on 421 screens while it had to settle for fourth place in Mexico with $897,000 on 271 screens over the weekend and $1.12 million in total. The film's best market was U.K. where it added $4.81 million on 511 screens to its total of $28.06 million. It also held up well in Germany down 21% to $4.45 million on 840 screens to $13.30 million after two weeks while in Australia it was down 28% to $2.24 million for the weekend and $6.60 million in total. Additionally, it had to go against the opening of 300 in both, making the strong hold even more impressive. Overall, the film added $30.78 million on 4,069 screens in 42 markets for a total of $86.91 million and analysts expect it to hit $100 million by tonight.

300 remained in a very close second place with $29.92 million on 5,739 screens in 54 markets for a total of $173.40 million. The film should cross $200 million internationally and $400 million worldwide next weekend. The film opened in first place in two major markets scoring $6.69 million on 602 screens in Germany while in Australia it made $4.29 million on 337 screens. Holdovers were led by the U.K. with $2.01 million on 374 screens for a total of $23.37 million after just three weeks. The film is rapidly running out of new markets to open in, but it has long since paid for itself and will likely end as one of the biggest hits of the year.

Meet the Robinsons' sophomore stint was no stronger that its opening weekend as it remained in third place with $8.82 million on 3,965 screens in 36 markets for a total of $25.21 million. New releases were limited to smaller markets, but it did get a holiday boost in the U.K., down just 28%, but it still brought in just $876,000 on 458 screens over the weekend for a total of $4.46 million while it grew by 15% in Australia to $850,000 on 318 screens for a $2.09 million total. On the other hand, it was down 42% in Mexico to $1.06 million on 389 screens and 55% in Germany to just $228,000 on 350 screens. The film has made $4.86 million and $981,000 in those two markets respectively. Meet the Robinsons has yet to open in roughly half the international markets but it will take something special to turn things around.

The Reaping started its international run in third place with $5.40 million on 1,279 screens in 16 markets for a total of $6.83 million. The film opened well in Spain with an estimated $2.3 million at 301 screens (including previews), while it performed equally well in Mexico, earning second place with $1.48 million on 295 screens (also including previews), and in Taiwan with $853,000 on 74. On the other hand, the film crashed in Italy, pulling in just $567,000 on 222 screens; this low result could be the result of the religious angle to the movie, but it is more likely just the product of the summer-like weather. In Italy the summer is a time to spend outside, at the beach, and not in a theater.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT as all the cool kids are calling it, entered the top five for the first time with $4.11 million on 1,865 screens in 26 markets for an early total of $16.33 million. This includes openings in a pair of major markets with Australia leading the way with $1.31 million on 238 screens over the weekend and $2.02 million in total. While it was able to finish third there, it had to settle for sixth in Mexico with $854,000 on 307 screens over the weekend ($1.09 million in total), and fifth in New Zealand with $100,000 on 37 screens. This weekend will be a big test when it opens in both France and Germany, but expectations are not particularly high given the film's performance so far.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Meet the Robinsons, TMNT, Mr. Bean's Holiday, The Reaping, 300