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International Top Five - Bourne Breaks Bank

August 29th, 2007

The top five on this week's international charts was the same as last week, only in a slightly different order. For instance, The Bourne Ultimatum was able to climb into top spot with $15.17 million on 2059 screens in 24 markets for a total of $52.55 million so far. The film had a number of openings, including Russia where it opening in first place with $2.57 million on 453 screens and New Zealand where it top the box office with $666,000 on 60 screens. However, it had to settle for second place in Brazil with $976,000 on 196 screens, but that was still the best per screen average in the top ten there. The film's biggest market overall was the U.K. where it remained in first place with $5.77 million on 456 screens for a two-week total of $27.86 million, which is more than either of the previous films made in that market. In fact, The Bourne Ultimatum is on track to top the $33.94 million the first two films made in total in the U.K.

Ratatouille climbed into second place with $11.83 million on 2820 screens in 29 markets for a total of $172.35 million. The film was down only 29% this past weekend, which is even more amazing when you realize there were no major, or even midlevel openings this past weekend and the film relied on holdovers. This includes France where the film was down just 23% to $5.78 million on 737 screens for a total of $45.82 million so far. At this pace the film will have little trouble topping the $48.23 million Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End earned and that would make it the biggest hit of the year. However, it has fallen behind Finding Nemo's pace, but this is to be expected, as at this point in that film's run, it was Christmastime and that obviously boosts box office revenue. The film has yet to open in about half of the international markets, including major ones like Australia, Italy, Germany, and the U.K., and should have no trouble topping the $217.90 million Cars made while the $370.00 million The Incredibles made isn't necessarily out of reach.

After four weeks on top, The Simpsons Movie fell to third place with $11.54 million on 6158 screens in 41 markets for a total of $289.72 million after a month of release. The film opened in South Korea but failed to make much of an impact with just $918,000 on 215 screens, which was only enough for 8th place. Holdovers were led by Brazil where it remained in first place with $1.67 million on 442 screens for a two-week total of $5.26 million while its best market overall is still the U.K. where it has brought it $72.05 million after a month of release, including $1.28 million on 502 screens over the weekend. At this pace $300 million internationally is academic while $500 million worldwide is also nearly guaranteed, and that's without taking into account Italy and Japan where the film has yet to open.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix remained in fourth place with $9.88 million on 5354 screens in 62 markets for a total of $608.98 million internationally and $892.22 million worldwide. It made its final significant debut this weekend topping the Greek market with $1.8 million on 118 screens, including previews; this is even more impressive as the market was hurt by massive fires. The film is also still doing noteworthy business in a couple markets. Markets like China where added $2.64 million on 480 screens to its total of $16.31 million while in Japan it added $1.85 million on 611 screens to its total of $70.86 million. Meanwhile in the U.K. it is inching its way to the century mark while a running tally of $95.73 million, including $926,000 on 367 screens this past weekend. In addition to becoming just the 8th film to crack $600 million internationally, it became the second highest grossing film in the franchise both internationally and worldwide.

Rounding out the top five, for the second weekend in a row, was Rush Hour 3 with $8.05 million on 2054 screens in 19 markets for an early total of $40.22 million. The film opened in first place in Japan with $1.85 million on 267 screens, which was barely more than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix made during its sixth week of release in that market. As far as holdovers go, the film added $1.72 million on 615 screens during its second weekend in Germany for a total of $7.09 million while it topped Rush Hour 2's total in the U.K. in just three weeks after adding $1.58 million on 373 screens this past weekend for a total of $16.50 million in total.


Filed under: International Box Office, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Bourne Ultimatum, Ratatouille, The Simpsons Movie, Rush Hour 3