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International Details - Ratatouille Serves Up an International Dish

September 30th, 2007

Ratatouille opening in first place in South Africa this weekend earning $298,000 on 40 screens, which is very close to what The Simpsons Movie made in its opening there a few weeks ago. Its best market of the weekend remains France where it was down a mere 4% to $1.67 million on 655 screens over the weekend for a total of $58.63 million. At this pace, the film will reach $60 million by this time next week while topping Finding Nemo's total of nearly $65 million is increasingly in reach. Overall Ratatouille added $4.66 million on 2535 screens in 27 markets for a total of $216.42 million, which is more than Cars managed, and this film still has openings in Germany, U.K., Italy, and Scandinavia.

  • No Reservations climbed one spot to seventh with $4.60 million on 2199 screens in 45 markets for a total of $30.35 million and is on pace to tops its domestic total. This weekend the film has some good news as it opened in first place in Spain with $1.53 million on 298 screens, but for the most part the film as struggled to find an audience.
  • Hero had a tough week as it was down 38% to $4.42 million on 475 screens over the weekend for a total of $39.17 million so far. Despite this decline, the film was able to remain in first place in Japan, but it fell from third to eighth internationally.
  • Without any new openings, Hairspray fell from fourth to ninth with $3.97 million on 1794 screens in 30 markets for a total of $48.52 million. The film was down 40% in Australia but held onto first place in a very, very close race with $1.80 million on 306 screens over the weekend and $5.77 million after two.
  • Shrek the Third nearly fell out of the top ten down 42% to $3.29 million on 1107 screens in 16 markets for a total of $464.03 million. The film is closing in on Shrek 2's international total, thanks in part to the weaker American dollar.
  • A Love opened in first place in South Korea and 11th internationally with $3.27 million on 388 screens over the weekend and $3.86 million in total.
  • Rush Hour 3 was down 46% to $3.07 million on 2150 screens in 32 markets for a total of $74.08 million. The film fell 67% during its second weekend in Russia with just $763,000 on 385 screens over the weekend and $3.66 million in total. Granted, steep declines are common in Russia, but this is still extreme.
  • Disturbia climbed into lucky 13th place with $2.87 million on 1594 screens in 30 markets for a total of $31.93 million. The film opened in fourth place in Germany with $793,000 on 298 screens and in seventh place in Spain with $584,000 on 202. Meanwhile, it added $684,000 on 373 screens during its second weekend in the U.K. for a total of $2.80 million.
  • Atonement opened in seventh place in Italy with $529,000 on 217 screens, which is lower than expected. On the other hand, the film added $2.35 million on 424 screens in the U.K. for a total of $13.61 million there. Add it up and the film made $2.83 million on 641 screens in 2 markets for a total of $13.90 million.
  • Mongol made its international debut with $2.78 million on 356 screens, which came from its second place debut in Russia.
  • Run, Fatboy, Run continues amazing holds down just 21% this weekend to $2.44 million on 401 screens in the U.K. for a total of $12.83 million. Again comparing the film to Hot Fuzz, it held on better but is still behind in terms of weekend haul, ($4.31 million to $2.44 million), and running tally, ($30.55 million to $12.83 million), but it is still performing very well.
  • Surf's Up fell to 17th place with $2.38 million on 2099 screens in 32 markets for a total of $46.16 million. The film has made $100 million worldwide and should top its domestic total soon, but that's still a disappointing result.
  • Underdog landed in the charts for the first time with $2.14 million on 742 screens in 11 markets for a total of $3.30 million. The film opened in second place in Mexico with $1.13 million on 300 screens, but this is a market that supports family friendly films and this film is merely on par with Surf's Up's recent debut there. On the other hand, the film flopped in Australia as it managed just $125,000 on 117 screens over the weekend and $157,000 in total, which was only strong enough for tenth place. Meanwhile, the film cracked $1 million in Brazil after three weeks, and if this market is indicative of its performance, it will only be able to top $50 million internationally.
  • Evan Almighty combined into 19th place with $2.07 million on 1483 screens in 36 markets for a total of $56.75 million internationally. Much of this came from the film's $1.25 million, third place opening on 236 screens in Australia. At this point, the film might not be able to match its official production budget worldwide while its chances of ever showing a profit are slim to none.
  • L'Invite opened in second place in France with $2.07 million on 460 screens, which was enough for 20th place internationally.
  • Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer returned to the charts in 21st place with $1.92 million on 918 screens in 13 markets for a total of $149.80 million. This includes a second place, $1.81 million opening on 541 screens in Japan over the weekend and $2.16 million in total; however, its per screen average is low enough that a quick exit is predicted. Even so, the film will end its run with close to $300 million worldwide, and even with the drop-off from the original, the studio should be interested in making a third installment.
  • Knocked Up was down just 21% to $1.87 million on 1255 screens in 22 markets for a total of $51.56 million internationally while its worldwide total crossed $200 million and now sits at $200.29 million. The film opened in first place in Turkey, and I have no idea how to react to that. It took in $170,000 on 59 screens in that market while it earned fifth place in Brazil with $196,000 on 80.
  • Kidnapping Granny K remained in second place in South Korea with $1.84 million on 398 screens over the weekend and $5.72 million overall.
  • 1408 was only down 26% this weekend, but it still fell nearly ten spots to 24th with $1.83 million on 697 screens in 13 markets for a total of $20.47 million. No new openings left Germany as its best market where it remained in second place with $1.01 million on 326 screens over the weekend and $2.65 million in total.
  • A Mighty Heart climbed into the top 30 during its second weekend of release with $1.73 million on 762 screens in 11 markets for a total of $2.97 million. This includes openings in two major markets as the film struggled in France pulling in just $713,000 on 199 while in flopped in the U.K. with just $309,000 on 158.
  • Shoot 'Em Up entered the charts in 26th place with $1.72 million on 973 screens in 10 market for a total of $3.16 million. The film also opened in two market markets and was equally subdued with $737,000 on 216 screens in France and $377,000 on 301 screens in Germany. Meanwhile it added $349,000 on 274 screens during its second weekend in the U.K. for a total of $1.60 million.
  • 12 (Razgnevannyh Muzhchin) opened in third place in Russia and 27th place internationally with $1.72 million on 354 screens.
  • The Mafia, The Salesman opened in third place in South Korea but there are conflicting reports on how much it earned. Best estimate has it bringing in $1.6 million on 430 screens over the weekend and $1.9 million in total.
  • Stardust remained in 29th place with $1.53 million on 551 screens in 7 markets for a total of $19.64 million. This includes a sixth place opening in Australia where it earned $900,000 on 191 screens while it placed fourth in neighboring New Zealand with $130,000 on 50 screens and in Norway with $126,000 on 35.
  • 28 Weeks Later returned to the charts, barely, with $1.51 million on 645 screens in 13 markets for a total of $31.37 million. Most of this came from France where it placed fourth with $1.21 million on 248 screens.
That's it for the top 30, but there are a few other results of note. Arthur And The Invisibles opened in third place in Japan with $1.42 million on 298 screens and now has $94.97 million internationally. With a little luck, it should reach the $100 million mark. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix fell out of the top 30 but added $1.21 million to its running tally of $646.45 million, which is not that far behind Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End for first place for the year. Finally, The Transformers added $427,000 to its total of $381.99 million internationally. Normally this would be no big deal, but with its release on IMAX, It now has $695.58 million worldwide and could become only the 29th film to hit $700 million worldwide.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Shrek the Third, Transformers, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Ratatouille, Knocked Up, Rush Hour 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Hairspray, Evan Almighty, Disturbia, Surf's Up, Atonement, Underdog, No Reservations, Stardust, Arthur et les Minimoys, Shoot 'Em Up, A Mighty Heart, Run, Fatboy, Run, Mongol, Hero, Kidnapping Granny K, L'Invité, A Love, The Mafia, The Salesman, 1408, 28 Weeks Later, 12