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International Details - Bee Movie is Buzzing Internationally

December 9th, 2007

Bee Movie returned to the charts in sixth place with $6.71 million on 1288 screens in 11 markets for an early international total of $19.43 million after a month of release. This includes a pair of first place debuts in Spain and Mexico. In the former it earned $2.81 million on 421 screens while in the latter is earned $2.60 million on 389 screens. While Spain is the larger marker, I thought the family friendly nature of Mexico would give it the edge. Even so, there are great openings for the film.

  • Fred Claus entered the charts for the first time earning $5.20 million on 1105 screens in 11 markets for a total of $7.91 million. The film also opened in two major markets scoring first place in the U.K. with a hair under $4.00 million on 445 screens but it missed the top ten in Italy with $187,000 on 93 screens.
  • August Rush was the third film in a row to (re)enter the charts this week as it pulled in $3.07 million on 714 screens in 3 markets for a very early international total of $4.62 million. The film opened in first place in South Korea with $2.18 million on 332 screens over the weekend and $2.60 million in total. I'm confused on how to explain that. The film also opened in Italy but missed the top five with $600,000 on 189 screens.
  • Speaking of Italy, Winx Club: Il Segreto Del Regno Perduto opened in first place there with $2.90 million on 532 screens. It was one of four local films placing in the top five in that market. With Hollywood releases dominating the worldwide box office, it's nice to see local films doing so well in a major market.
  • Saw IV barely managed to remain in the top ten with $2.64 million on 1249 screens in 24 markets for a total of $47.98 million. No major market openings meant the film had to rely on holdovers and it performed the best in France with $1.20 million on 198 screens over the weekend and $3.72 million in total, but that still represented a fall from first to fifth.
  • [Rec] grew by 6% this weekend in Spain earning $2.39 million on 272 screens over the weekend and $5.26 million in total. That was enough to climb into second place in its home market and 11th place overall.
  • Warum Manner Nicht Zuhoren Und Frauen Schlecht Einparken, which is one of the longest names I've seen in a while, opened in first place in Germany with $2.27 million on 290 screens over the weekend.
  • Lions for Lambs had one of the worst week-to-week performances on the charts down 49% to $2.20 million on 1827 screens in 40 markets for a total of 29.48 million. The film has been out for less than a month and it is already shedding screens and theaters at an accelerated rate and only its relatively low production budget is preventing it from being an unmitigated disaster.
  • Ratatouille also tumbled this week down 48%, however, it is just wrapping up its amazingly successful run. This week it added $2.17 million on 2188 screens in 26 markets for a total of $405.76 million internationally and $612.14 million worldwide.
  • Matrimonio Alle Bahamas slipped to second in Italy with a still impressive $2.14 million on 352 screens over the weekend and a total of $12.78 million after three.
  • Lust, Caution continues to outperform on the international market with $2.13 million on 588 screens in 18 markets for a total of $42.88 million.
  • Conversely, 1408 in under-performing internationally, at least compared to its domestic box office. That said, it is still doing well given its production budget with $2.03 million on 667 screens in 14 markets for a total of $42.13 million. Most of that came from Italy, where it was the only Hollywood film in the top five. There it added $1.28 million on 228 screens over the weekend and $3.91 million in total.
  • Seven Days remains a force in South Korea adding $2.02 million on 270 screens over the weekend to its total of $9.47 million.
  • Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 was first in Japan, again, adding $2.01 million on 382 screens for a total of $30.21 million. During the film's five weeks of release, it was in second place for the first three, and first for these last two. That's leggy for a market known for strong legs.
  • We Own the Night opened in third place in France with $1.80 million on 245 screens, which was its first major market. Overall it landed on the charts for the first time with just a shade under $2.00 million on 448 screens in 9 markets for a total of $3.96 million so far.
  • The White Angel continues to ascend in Turkey growing by nearly 13% to $1.45 million on 200 screens for a total of $5.35 million there. Adding in other markets and it made $1.90 million on 240 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.53 million.
  • Sky Of Love has been in release for a month in Japan as it added $1.82 million on 290 screens for a total of $26.84 million.
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age had the worst week-to-week drop-off down nearly 60% to $1.75 million on 1167 screens in 22 markets for a total of $31.73 million. Considering how well its predecessor did, this is a very disappointing performance.
  • The Kingdom remained relatively flat down just 8% to $1.64 million on 788 screens over the weekend and $35.18 million in total. The film opened in Italy over the weekend but missed the top ten with $375,000 on 102 screens.
  • The Nanny Diaries returned to the charts for the first time in more than a month with $1.64 million on 439 screens in 11 markets for a total of $11.96 million. The film was moderately successful in Spain with $1.25 million on 247 screens, which was enough for fifth place. On the other hand, it bombed in Italy with $318,000 on 121 screens.
  • One Foundation opened in first place in China with $1.60 million on 300 screens, which was enough to push Lust, Caution into second place in that market.
  • 30 Days of Night re-entered the top 30 with $1.58 million on 983 screens in 22 markets for a total of $18.91 million. The film opened in several markets last weekend, but its most significant was Mexico where it captured fourth place with $325,000 on 173 screens.
  • Om Shanti Om has become a certified super hit in India and other markets after adding $1.56 million on 617 screens in 13 markets for a total of $34.15 million.
  • Milano Palermo: Il Ritorno added $1.52 million on 251 screens in Italy over the weekend for a total of $4.43 million. This was enough for third place in its native market and 29th overall.
  • Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjuro) opened in Japan with $1.42 million on 325 screens, which was enough four fourth in the market and 30th overall, barely. However, it also earned less than $5000 per screen, so it will likely have short legs.
One last note, Stardust fell out of the top 30 but still added $1.32 million on 985 screens in 36 markets for a total of $94.68 million. This means it is no longer on track to earn $100 million internationally, however, it's run as still been quite good compared to its production budget, and very strong compared to its domestic run.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Ratatouille, Bee Movie, Fred Claus, Saw IV, The Kingdom, Stardust, August Rush, We Own the Night, The Nanny Diaries, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Lions for Lambs, Se jie, Om Shanti Om, Sky of Love, Matrimonio alle Bahamas, Seven Days, [Rec], Milano-Palermo: il ritorno, Beyaz Melek, One Foundation, Tsubaki Sanjûrô, Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken, Winx Club - Il Segreto Del Regno Perduto, 1408, 30 Days of Night, Always zoku san-chôme no yûhi