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International Top Five - International Auds Gorge on Ratatouille

October 31st, 2007

Ratatouille's feeding frenzy continues with another first place finish this time the film earned $22.61 million on 4271 screens in 29 markets for a total of $348.16 million. Even though the film had no new openings this week, and won't for the rest of its run, it still managed first place in a handful of markets. The best of these was the U.K. where it earned $7.40 million on 525 screens over the weekend for a total of $35.73 million, which is already more than Cars earned in that market in total. Meanwhile in Italy it remained in first place despite having to deal with five wide releases while adding $4.56 million on 624 screens for a two-week total of $14.07 million. On the other hand, a local hit pushed the film into second place in Germany, but it still earned $3.91 million on 845 screens over the weekend for a total of $35.15 million. It looks more and more likely that the film will reach $400 million internationally and $600 million worldwide. Only Finding Nemo earned more internationally for Pixar and only The Incredibles and Finding Nemo earned more worldwide.

Saw IV started its international run in second place with $12.41 million on 1642 screens in 15 markets during its opening weekend. This includes a trio of major markets: the U.K., Spain, and Australia. In the U.K. the film had to settle for second place behind Ratatouille's third weekend of releases with $5.12 million on 393 screens and in Spain is came second behind The Orphanage with $2.41 million on 300 screens. On the other hand, it did place first in Australia with $1.71 million on 238 screens, but that was 10% lower than Saw III opened with last year.

While Stardust grew by 28% this weekend, it still fell to third place with $10.91 million on 2789 screens in 43 markets for a total of $60.55 million. Its best opening came in Spain where it placed fifth with $1.13 million on just 213 screens while it only managed eighth place in France with $1.10 million on 342 screens and sixth in Japan with just $656,000 on 252 screens. However, the film grew by 4% in the U.K. with $4.81 million on 454 screens for a total of $14.27 million. The film has just about hit $100 million worldwide, but without many markets left to open in, it doesn't have a very strong shot at $100 million internationally.

Next up is a German film called Lissi Und Der Wilde Kaiser, which translated into English means Lisa Under Wild Kaiser. The film earned $6.89 million on 905 screens over the weekend, $5.01 million of which came from 790 screens in Germany. The rest came from a first place finish in Austria, ($1.74 million on 84 screens), and the German-speaking region of Switzerland, ($118,000 on 31 screens), which was enough for fourth in the country as a whole.

Surf's Up shot up into the top five with $4.34 million on 2230 screens in 31 markets for a total of $63.94 million. The film had a second place opening in France with $1.95 million on 627 screens over the weekend and $2.02 million in total and a third place opening in Brazil with with $911,000 on 235 screens over the weekend and $995,000 in total. The film has yet to open in Scandinavia and Japan, but it will need to earn about $40 million more internationally and then match its domestic performance on the home market before it has even a shot at showing a profit.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Ratatouille, Saw IV, Surf's Up, Stardust