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International Details - Another Bollywood Blockbuster

October 21st, 2007

Bhool Bhulaiyaa became the latest in a long line of Indian films to strike it rich on the international box office as it scored sixth place with $4.59 million on 756 screens in 17 markets. The supernatural comedy even scored a top ten finish in Britain with $600,000 on 45 screens topping a few major Hollywood releases that week.

  • Stardust shot up into the top ten with $4.59 million on 3031 screens in 32 screens for a total of $32.11 million. This places it just a week or so away from topping its domestic box office and it has already surpassed its production budget on the worldwide stage. Much of this growth came from its fourth place opening in Italy with $1.22 million on 262 screens while it earned third place in Brazil with $426,000 on 139 screens over the weekend and $529,000 in total.
  • Three more major openings didn't help The Brave One too much has it climbed one spot to eighth wit $4.56 million on 2343 screens in 36 markets for a total of $20 million. The film earned second place in Mexico with $709,000 on 300 screens, but was much weaker in Australia with a fifth place openign with $730,000 on 202 screens while grabbing just seventh in South Korea with $592,000 on 169 screens over the weekend and $676,000 in total.
  • Rush Hour 3 fell five places to ninth with $4.41 million on 1941 screens in 41 markets for a total of $97.46 million. The film is rocketing towards $100 million internationally and should hit $250 million worldwide, all with an opening in France yet to come.
  • The Bourne Ultimatum continues to fall while there is a lull in major openings as it barely made tenth place with $4.02 million on 2045 screens in 37 markets for a total of $178.63 million internationally while it crossed $400 million worldwide. This is a great figure, but well back of the worldwide total Casino Royale. (I've heard some analysts call Jason Bourne is the new James Bond. Don't believe it.)
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry fell out of the top ten with $3.68 million on 1782 screens in 35 markets for a total of $53.71 million. It's still doing well in Germany as it added $1.51 million on 495 screens for a total of $8.83 million after three weeks.
  • The Seeker: The Dark is Rising started its international run off in earnest earning $2.84 million on 990 screens in 10 markets over the weekend for a total of $3.79 million. The film had a reasonable opening in Spain with $1.55 million on 287 screens over the weekend and a total of $1.67 million, earning it third place in the process.
  • Hairspray added $2.61 million on 1499 screens in 28 markets for a total of $64.88 million. The film has yet to open in Japan where musicals tend to do well, and may cross $200 million worldwide before the end.
  • Death At A Funeral nearly doubled its weekend take with $2.21 million on 535 screens in 12 markets for $10.07 million total so far. Half of that came from Australia has it nearly managed first place with $1.13 million on just 139 screens over the weekend and $1.36 million in total. It also did reasonably well in Spain with $493,000 on a mere 98 screens over the weekend and $527,000 in total.
  • Un Secret remained in first place in France after adding $2.80 million on 398 screens over the weekend and as $6.66 million in total.
  • Laaga Chunari Mein Daag was the second Indian film on this week's chart, but its box office numbers were more subdued. Overall the film opened with $2.15 million on 499 screens in 17 markets including $503,000 on 45 screens in the U.K. earning in eighth place in that market.
  • Michael Clayton added $2.10 million on 550 screens in 5 markets for a total of $7.91 million after three weeks of release. Its biggest market remained Italy where it added $1.34 million on 365 screens over the weekend and $3.93 million in total.
  • Superbad tumbled down more than 50% and 10 places to 18th with $2.03 million on 1631 screens in 23 markets for a total of $26.81 million. The film's best market of the weekend was the U.K. where it added $437,000 on 230 screens for a total of $12.39 million after a month of release.
  • SMS: Sotto Mentite Spoglie debuted in first place in Italy with $1.93 million on 340 screens, which was enough for 19th place overall.
  • Apocalypse Code remained in first place in Russia with $2.02 million on 695 screens, but it fell ten places internationally to 20th.
  • Tropa De Elite, which means Elite Troops, climbed into first place in Brazil with $2.00 million on 219 screens over the weekend for a total of $3.53 million. This is equivalent to about $50 million here given the relative sizes of the two markets.
  • Knocked Up returned to the charts after a one week absence with $1.93 million on 920 screens in 23 markets over the weekend and $58.32 million in total. The film opened in France but was only moderately successful earning fifth place with $869,000 on 344 screens while it debuted in first place in neighboring Belgium with $215,000 on 37 screens over the weekend and $374,000 in total.
  • Earth, the theatrical version of the mini-series Planet Earth, made its worldwide debut this weekend in France with $1.92 million on 462 screens placing second in the market and 23rd in total.
  • Surf's Up fell to 24th place with $1.91 million on 1849 screens in 33 markets for a total of $57.32 million. The film opened in Holland but could do no better than ninth place with $69,000 on 52 screens over the weekend and $97,000 in total. However, it earned much more in Italy down just 32% to $599,000 on 246 screens over the weekend and $1.72 million in total.
  • The Game Plan started its international run off in Mexico where it topped the charts with $1.88 million on 400 screens. This bodes well for the film's international chances, but it is important to note that Mexico tends to reward family films and the football aspect of the film will be a hindrance internationally.
  • Evan Almighty sunk to 26th place with $1.60 million on 727 screens in 21 markets for a total of $69.60 million. Italy is the film's lone bright spot at the moment as it added $826,000 on 245 screens for a total of $4.93 million.
  • The Nanny Diaries opened in the U.K. this past weekend but completely bombed with just $208,000 on 214 screens. However, it climbed one spot in South Korea to third with $692,000 on 229 screens over the weekend and $2.88 million in total. Overall the film landed in 27th place with $1.58 million on 652 screens in 9 markets for a total of $7.39 million.
  • Happiness held onto first place in South Korea with $1.56 million on 331 screens over the weekend and $6.72 million in total.
  • No Reservations tumbled, again, landing in 29th place with $1.53 million on 1664 screens in 36 markets for a total of $45.01 million internationally.
  • Hero is still in first place in Japan, but it barely managed 30th place internationally with $1.49 million on 475 screens over the weekend and $59.96 million in total.
Continuing the tracking of Run, Fatboy, Run, it fell out of the top 30 internationally but still added $957,000 on 268 screens in the U.K. for a total of $19.56 million there.

Also, it was a milestone weekend for The Transformers as it reached $700 million worldwide, $317.60 million domestically and $383.33 million internationally. It is only the 29th film to manage this feat, and it has made more than enough for a massive sequel.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Transformers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Knocked Up, Rush Hour 3, Superbad, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Hairspray, The Game Plan, Surf's Up, Michael Clayton, No Reservations, Stardust, The Brave One, Earth, The Nanny Diaries, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, Death at a Funeral, Run, Fatboy, Run, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Un secret, Tropa de Elite, Happiness, Hero, SMS - Sotto mentite spoglie, Apocalypse Code