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International Top Five - Beowulf Continues its Carnage

December 5th, 2007

Beowulf had its last major push into the international marketplace this past weekend and that helped it stay in first place with $19.06 million on 6229 screens in 56 markets for a total of $74.07 million. This includes a first place opening in Australia with $1.96 million on 269 screens, a third place, $1.81 million opening on 268 screens in Japan and first place, $1.11 million opening in 273 screens in Brazil. It's best holdover was Russia where it slipped to second while adding $1.83 million on 502 screens for a total of $6.99 million. At this point, $100 million internationally should not be an issue, but that's still not enough to be considered a financial boon.

Enchanted doubled ts reach this weekend while climbing into second place with $12.00 million on 2093 screens in 17 markets for a total of $21.44 million. Most of the new markets were rather small, except for France where it dominated with $5.46 million on 659 screens over the weekend, which was nearly triple its nearest competitor and again points to a $200 million international run. The film also held well in Spain adding $2.16 million on 351 screens to its total of $5.75 million and $1.58 million on 340 screens in Russia for a total of $4.68 million.

Hitman shot into third place during its second weekend of release with $10.72 million on 2134 screens in 29 markets for a total of $12.49 million. Much of the growth came from two markets, Russia where it opened in first place with $2.50 million on 370 screens and the U.K. where it earned second with $2.56 million on 349. On the other hand, it only managed third in Mexico with a rather weak $685,000 on 309 screens, sixth in Spain with $1.23 million on 298 and seventh in South Korea with $544,000 on 180 screens over the weekend and $634,000 in total. Mixed signals like this make it much more difficult to predict the film's final box office.

American Gangster opened in two more markets, the biggest of which was the United Arab Emirate where it debuted in first place with $280,000 on 23 screens while overall it made $6.95 million on 1627 screens in 17 markets for a total of $40.77 million. Needless to say, the bulk of its weekend haul came from holdovers again, and again these were led by the U.K. with $2.13 million on 421 screens for a total of $15.67 million. The film also performed well in France with $1.31 million on 367 screens for a total of $7.91 million and in Germany with $1.23 million on 375 screens for a total of $7.43 million. American Gangster has already topped Inside Man's total of $14.48 million in the U.K. and will top its totals in France and Germany by this time next week. Since Inside Man nearly hit $100 million internationally, this milestone should be easily obtainable for American Gangster, while keeping pace with its domestic box office and even hitting $300 million worldwide are also within reach.

The Heartbreak Kid added $6.75 million on 2130 screens in 38 markets for a total of $71.90 million internationally and $108.68 million worldwide. The film was aided by a surprisingly strong second place debut in France with $1.92 million on 319 screens while it added $1.04 million on 287 screens in Australia for a total of $3.83 million there.


Filed under: International Box Office, Enchanted, Beowulf, Hitman, The Heartbreak Kid, American Gangster