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Clown has Kingly Run in South Korea

January 15th, 2006

The King and the Clown did something most films in South Korea can't, it showed strong legs. In fact, in grew by 22% to $5.76 million on 369 screens over the weekend and $16.82 million in total.

  • Fun with Dick and Jane expanded its market count to a full dozen this weekend which helped it climb on the charts with $5.36 million on 1040 screens for a running tally of $11.20 million after three weeks. Germany was easily the film's best market with a first place, $2.57 million opening on 473 screens, but the film also did well in Switzerland with $414,000 on 49 screens for a second place finish. Meanwhile in Australia, the film fell 33% during its second weekend of release dropping to fourth place with $1.21 million on 246 screens for a $6.01 million two-week total.
  • The Family Stone was just behind with $5.31 million on 1449 screens for an early total of $18.26 million internationally. During its first full weekend in Australia, the film managed $704,000 on 127 screens for a total of $1.37 million so far while it opened in sixth place in Belgium with $238,000 on 25 screens over the weekend and $284,000 in total.
  • No major openings and massive competition left Cheaper By The Dozen 2 falling down the charts with $5.17 million on 1678 screens in 10 markets for a international total of $23.66 million after just three weeks of releases. The film's biggest debut of the weekend came from New Zealand where it finished third with $176,000 on 40 screens, which is a fine debut given the size of the market. Holdovers were amazing with the film down just 9% in the U.K. to $1.38 million on 330 screens for a $7.40 million, two-week total. It was even better in Mexico down just 6% to $1.14 million on 386 screens and in Spain down a tiny 4% to $876,000 on 304 screens; so far the film as earned $4.14 million and $5.18 million in those two markets respectively. The only exception was Australia where the film fell 36% to $691,000 on 223 screens for a $4.35 million running tally, but even that was a better than average drop-off in the top ten.
  • Saw II opened in Italy with $2.42 million on 275 screens over the weekend and $3.10 million in total. That gave the film the best per screen average in the top twenty there. It also managed that feat during its opening in the Netherlands where it scored a fourth place finish with $397,000 on 54 screens. More impressively, it had the best week-to-week drop-off in the top ten in France falling 27% to $1.19 million on 218 screens for $3.25 million there so far. Add in smaller markets and the film made $5.01 million on 745 screens for a $27.19 million international total since its debut nearly 3 months ago.
  • Aided by an opening in Australia, Rumor Has It climbed the charts with $4.61 million on 1100 screens in 9 markets for a $13.65 million total after three weeks of release. In Australia the film debuted in third place with $1.71 million on 238 screens while in finished in fifth place during its first full weekend in New Zealand taking in $126,000 on 50 screens over the weekend and $277,000 in total. The film also saw growth in Germany up 15% to $1.25 million for the weekend and $5.54 million in total and up 56% in Italy with $848,000 on 207 over the weekend and $3.09 million in total.
  • Ti Amo In Tutte Le Lingue Del Mondo continues to grow in its home market of in Italy, this time shooting up by 31% and taking over top spot with $3.66 million on 481 screens over the weekend and $20.51 million in total. That puts it on pace to top Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's $25 million run by this time next weekend. Overall the film made $4.09 million on 490 screens in 2 markets for a $22.27 million international total.
  • Jarhead made its international debut this past weekend, but it was less than successful with the film earning just $3.79 million on 970 screens in 9 markets. The film's biggest market was Germany where it opened in fourth place with $1.75 million on 320 screens while it had to settle for seventh place in Mexico with $349,000 on 180 screens over the weekend and $399,000 including previews while in Spain it was even worse at eighth with $873,000 on 215 screen over the weekend and $953,000 in total.
  • Just Like Heaven tumbled down the charts falling to $3.65 million on 1469 screens in 28 markets for an international total of $40.78 million so far. Overall, it held up well including a 22% drop-off during its second weekend in the U.K. falling to $1.66 million on 301 screens for a $6.21 million total there, but increased competition meant the film fell from sixth to 14th place on the international charts.
  • Lord of War popped back onto the international charts with $3.46 million on 512 screens in 10 markets for a total of $20.62 million so far. This was almost entirely thanks to the film's second place, $2.91 million debut on 329 screens in France, but it also added $201,000 on 31 screens during its second weekend in Belgium for a $502,000 total there.
  • Just Friends got off to a surprisingly fast start with $3.10 million on 345 screens in the U.K., which was good enough for third place there and a much better start than it had domestically given the relative size of the two markets.
  • Match Point again saw a huge jump in its international haul more than doubling last week's take with $2.99 million on 517 screens in 6 markets for a total of $24.67 million so far. The film opened in seventh place in the U.K. with $1.33 million despite playing on just 130 screens, (which would be like playing in 1000 theatres stateside). While in Germany the film shot up 48% to $1.14 million on 163 screens for a two-week total of $2.56 million.
  • Natale A Miami slipped to third place in Italy with $2.57 million on 456 screens over the weekend and $24.79 million in its home market. Overall the film made $2.91 million over the weekend and $27.10 million in total.
  • The South Korean film, Art Of Fighting, opened in second place in its home market with $2.84 million on 280 screens over the weekend and $3.43 million in total.
  • Yamato remained in second place in Japan despite shooting up by 44% to $2.47 million on 303 screens for the weekend and $22.27 million in total.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith had the steepest decline on this week's chart falling from 8th to 21st losing nearly half of its weekend take in the process. The film added $2.02 million on 384 screens to its $286.08 million international total, $1.77 million of that coming from Japan.
  • Brokeback Mountain started its international run with a pair of openings. In the U.K. the film scores a fourth place finish with $1.75 million on 134 screens securing the best per screen average in the top twenty. Even more impressive was the fact that it earned $543,000 on just 21 screens in London's West End. The film added $56,000 on 9 screens during its first full weekend in Denmark for $207,000 in total.
  • Aeon Flux opened in first place in Spain with $1.77 million on 305 screens over the weekend and $1.95 million in total. That's easily the best market in the film's run so far, but since it has only managed $5.58 million so far, that's doesn't mean much.
  • The German film, Der Herr Der Diebe, (which may or may not mean, The Lord of Thieves), opened in its home market scoring a fifth place finish with $1.58 million on 410 screens. Adding in the other two German speaking markets and the film made $1.75 million on 474 screens.
  • The Constant Gardener had the best week-to-week drop-off in the top ten in France, (it was actually tied with Saw II). The film fell just 27% to $871,000 on 202 screens over the weekend for a total of $2.45 million so far. Overall the film made $1.69 million over the weekend on 479 screens in 16 markets bringing its total to $29.58 million.
  • Memoirs Of A Geisha continues to show better than expected legs adding $1.69 million on 513 screens in 4 markets to its $15.46 million international total. Nearly all of the weekend haul and the international total came from two markets, Japan, ($605,000 on 276 screens over the weekend and $10.80 million in total) and Italy, ($867,000 on 198 for $3.90 in total).
  • The Spainish film, Los Dos Lados De La Cama, fell to fourth place in its home market despite growing by 27% to $1.44 million on 382 screens for a $7.18 million after three weeks.
  • It's been nearly a year since The Jacket started its international run, but this week it bounced back on the charts thanks to openings in Mexico and Spain. In the former market it made $377,000 on 123 screens while in the latter its earned $978,000 on 201 screens over the weekend and $1.06 million in total. In both markets the film debuted in sixth place and combined they help push its international total to $9.15 million, which is still disappointing.
  • Good Night and Good Luck opened in semi-wide in France earning $965,000 on 125 screens for the second best per screen average in the top ten there. Overall, the film made $1.28 million on 166 screens in 4 markets for a very early international total of $2.24 million.
  • The Turkish film, Organize Isler, is fading fast on the international scene but still added $1.19 million on 280 screens in 6 markets for a total of $9.75 million so far.
  • An Unfinished Life opened in sixth place in France with $1.03 million on 214 screens, which is the best start in an international run that has brought in $7.2 million so far.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fun With Dick And Jane, Saw II, Brokeback Mountain, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Jarhead, The Family Stone, Memoirs of a Geisha, Just Like Heaven, Rumor Has It, The Constant Gardener, Just Friends, Good Night, and Good Luck, Lord of War, Match Point, An Unfinished Life, The Jacket, Aeon Flux