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Turmoil on International Charts

January 29th, 2006

Late updates have changed some of the results on in International Top Five this week as My Boss, My Student crushed the competition in South Korea with $7.59 million on 450 screens over the weekend and $9.31 million in total. This meant that despite Brokeback Mountain earning a better than initially reported $7.39 million, it was pushed out of the top five and into sixth place.

  • The King and the Clown slipped to second place in South Korea and seventh overall with $5.22 million on 374 screens over the weekend and $37.42 million in total.
  • Despite adding several more markets this past weekend, Jarhead fell a steep 38% to $4.76 million on 2141 screens in 34 markets for a disappointing total of $20.00 million so far. Typical of the film's run was its sophomore stint in the U.K. where it fell from first to fifth with $1.76 million on 390 screens; that was down 48% from last week and lifted its total to $6.71 million so far. The film's biggest opening was in Russia where the film managed just sixth place with $157,000 on 90 screens over the weekend and $179,000 in total while it was better in Norway with $139,000 on 41 screens.
  • The Japanese film, The Wow-Choten Hotel, fell just 105 during its second weekend of release in its home market adding $4.49 million on 279 screens to its running tally of $14.31 million.
  • Match Point opened in a series of smaller markets including Greece where it scored a second place debut with $389,000. On the other hand, its low theatre counts hurt it in the Netherlands, (eighth place with $128,000 on 18 screens), Sweden, ($89,000 on 14), and Finland, ($26,000 on 4). Overall the film made $4.35 million on 1024 screens in 12 markets for an international total of $36.42 million so far, including $2.23 million on 357 screens during its second weekend in Italy.
  • Underworld: Evolution got its international run off to a very middle of the road start with $4.15 million on 534 screens in 4 markets. The film opened in second place in both the U.K. and Australia, but low screen counts limited its take to $2.02 million and $1.51 million respectively. The film also opened in Mexico but was much weaker at just $148,000 on 60 screens.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had one of the worst falls on the charts this weekend crashing from fourth to 12th, however, it still added $3.96 million on 3432 screens in 54 markets to its international total of $589.32 million. Its best market of the weekend continues to be Japan where it remained in second place with $1.29 million over the weekend and $89.08 million in total. The film is now fifth on the all-time international charts, $25 million behind Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while its $875 million worldwide is ninth All-Time, just $4 million behind the same film. To put this into perspective, the film made enough domestically to show a profit and enough internationally to pay for the production of the next two installments.
  • The in Italian film, Eccezzziunale... veramente: capitolo secondo... me, opened in first place in its native market with $3.65 million on 506 screens.
  • Cheaper By The Dozen 2 opened in Argentina with $56,655, but placing and screen counts are unknown. However, the film held up better than expected with $3.21 million on 1787 screens in 19 markets for an international total of $34.05 million so far. Its best market of the week was the U.K. where the film added $613,000 on 335 screens for a four-week total of $9.46 million. However, it is holding up better in Mexico, where family friendly films tends to perform well; this week it slipped to third place with $532,000 on 367 screens for a $6.28 million total, also after four weeks.
  • Get Rich Or Die Tryin' more than doubled its international haul with $3.02 million on 733 screens in 4 markets for a two-week total of $4.74 million. This week it opened in the three English-speaking markets scoring seventh place debuts in both the U.K., ($1.42 million on 250 screens) and Australia, ($698,000 on 117) while it placed fifth in New Zealand, ($104,000 on 39). Its only holdover was Germany where it fell from second to seventh with $670,000 on 280 screens; that was down 54% from its opening and lifted its total to just $2.36 million.
  • Despite there being six new releases in the top ten in France, it was the local film, Je Vous Trouve Tres Beau, that climbed into first place with $2.76 million on 381 screens. Add in other smaller markets and the film made $2.95 million on 400 screens in 3 markets for a two-week total of $6.58 million overall.
  • Rumor Has It opened in third place in Belgium with $185,000 on 16 screens over the weekend and $217,000 in total. That was one of its better openings during its international run, a run that has brought in $23.84 million after five weeks including $2.93 million on 1513 screens in 20 markets over the weekend.
  • Chicken Little is shedding screens and markets as it continues its slid. This weekend it added $2.78 million on 1852 screens in 28 markets for a total of $118.29 million.
  • Pride & Prejudice climbed a few more places this week thanks to its seventh place, $998,000 debut on 208 screens in France. That was easily the biggest chunk of its $2.32 million weekend box office on 793 screens in 17 markets and enough to push its international total to $51.03 million.
  • Day Watch continued to rule the Russian box office despite dropping 44% to $1.90 million on 514 screens over the weekend for a $27.19 million total there. Adding in smaller markets and the film made $2.20 million over the weekend and $27.94 million in total.
  • Bandidas, which is a Mexican / French co-production opened in the latter market with $1.32 million on 400 screens, good enough for fifth place during a very busy weekend. It performed even better in Russia with $689,000 on 240 screens over the weekend and $810,000 in total. Add in the $129,000 on 26 screens it made in Belgium and the film made a total of $2.14 million on 666 screens in 3 markets.
  • Saw II opened in a handful of smaller markets including Argentina with $160,000, but it still fell further down the markets with $2.05 million on 1083 screens in 18 markets for a total of $35.40 million.
  • The Family Stone also saw a steep decline falling to $2.05 million on 897 screens in 19 markets lifting its international total to just $26.52 million. The film opened in Italy but barely made the top ten with $299,000 on 101 screens.
  • Prime reappeared on the charts thanks to its first place, $1.48 million opening on 244 screens in Germany. Adding in holdovers and the film made $1.82 million over the weekend for $9.82 million in total.
  • Thanks to a small second weekend drop-off in Germany, The Constant Gardener was able to remain nearly flat this weekend taking in $1.69 million on 616 screen s in 16 markets for an international total of $34.72 million. In that market it was down just 11% to $716,000 on 160 screens for a two-week total of $1.76 million.
  • The French flim, Un Ticket Pour L'Espace, opened in fourth place in its native market with $1.52 million on 488 screens and adding in other French-speaking markets the film made $1.62 million on 506 screens.
  • Just Like Heaven is coasting on holdovers as it added $1.60 million on 1282 screens in 29 markets for an international total of $48.22 million.
  • Nanny McPhee remained potent in Australia with $1.12 million on 226 screens for a $3.72 million total after two weeks there. Overall the film added $1.53 million on 416 screens in 3 markets to its $33.37 million international total.
  • Yamato added another $1.50 million on 303 screens over the weekend in Japan and now has $30.63 million in total.
  • Holiday opened in third place in its native South Korea with $1.46 million on 220 screens over the weekend and $1.78 million in total.
  • The 40-Year Old Virgin held up reasonably well during its second weekend in Italy adding $1.30 million on 231 screens to its $3.62 million total in the market while its international total is nearly $65 million.
  • Just Friends took a bit of a tumble in the U.K. this weekend falling 45% to $1.25 million on 357 screens for a total of $8.20 million so far, which is better than it made domestically, if you take the relative size of the two markets into account.
  • The Professor And His Beloved Equation opened in its native Japan where it finished in fourth place with $1.01 million on 208 screens.
  • Alone in the Dark, which is not a Canadian film, it was just filmed here. Uwe Boll is Germen, the financing came from Germany, blame them. As I was saying, Alone in the Dark opened in third place in Spain with $939,000 on 218 screens lifting its international total to $2 million.
  • The Legend of Zorro opened in fifth place in Japan with $915,000 on 228 screens, below the $5000 per screen average that usual separates the long-term hits with the flash-in-the-pans. The film now has $91.6 million internationally, which is twice what it earned domestically.
  • The Brazilian film, Se Eu Fosse Voce, a.k.a. "If I Were You", remained in top spot in its native market with $803,000 over the weekend and an running tally of $5.3 million.
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story just missed the top ten during its opening in its native U.K. with $586,000 on 131 screens, $140,000 on that come from 15 screens in London's West End.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chicken Little, The 40 Year-old Virgin, Saw II, Brokeback Mountain, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Jarhead, Underworld: Evolution, The Family Stone, Just Like Heaven, Nanny McPhee, The Legend of Zorro, Rumor Has It, Pride & Prejudice, The Constant Gardener, Just Friends, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Match Point, Prime, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Bandidas, Alone in the Dark