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Trio of New Openings Push Casanova Higher on International Charts

February 26th, 2006

Casanova opened in several major markets more than doubling its screen count, and that helped it climb to sixth place over the weekend. Its best market was Italy where the film came in third place with $1.05 million on 243 screens over the weekend and $1.14 million in total while it also managed a third place finish during a very close race in Spain with $919,000 on 250 screens. Its other major market debut was the U.K., but there it had to settle for fifth with $959,000 on 351 screens. Overall the film made $5.17 million on 1699 screens in 18 markets for an international total of just $11.68 million so far.

  • Bambi 2 climbed four places to seventh with $4.97 million on 1917 screens in 20 markets for an international total of $15.52 million so far. The film added several more markets this weekend including Mexico where it opened in third place with $740,000 on 345 screens, but quite frankly I was expecting more due to how family friendly the market tends to be. It also finished third in Finland with $143,000 on 47 screens over the weekend and $158,000 in total. Its best market over the weekend was France where it climbed 25% to $2.53 million on 587 screens for a $8.06 million three-week total there.
  • Brokeback Mountain opened in a handful of mostly smaller markets and that kept its weekend haul nearly flat at $4.64 million on 1347 screens in 25 markets for an international total of $47.19 million so far. Among the debuts was a third place finish in Holland with $209,000 on 27 screens over the weekend and $249,000 in total.
  • Fun with Dick and Jane opened in first place in Belgium with $509,000 on 55 screens, but despite that debt and a handful of others, the film fell to $4.46 million on 2168 screens in 53 markets for an international total of $70.63 million. The film is also doing well in Spain remaining is first place with $1.19 million on 317 screens over the weekend and $2.98 million after two weeks.
  • Prime saw substantial growth this weekend earning $4.35 million on 1149 screens in 16 markets for an international total of $25.11 million. Much of that growth came from its opening in France where the film finished sixth with $1.72 million on 231 screens; its placing on the charts was not great, but its per screen average was good. In Italy the film slipped to second place with $1.16 million on 258 screens for a two-week total of $2.96 million.
  • Memoirs Of A Geisha continues to expand and continues to slip farther down the charts. This weekend it finished 11th overall with $4.07 million on 1802 screens in 47 markets for an international total of $78.76 million so far. While the film added seven more markets this weekend, they were mostly smaller markets like Norway, where the film barely made the top ten with $50,000 on 20 screens. Its best market of the weekend was again Spain with $913,000 on 240 screens for a five-week total of $11.05 million.
  • Fauteuils D'Orchestre opened in its native France in second place with $3.54 million on 405 screens while it missed the top ten in Belgium with $42,000 on 11 screens over the weekend and $45,000 in total.
  • Nanny McPhee grew by 13% this weekend eaerning $3.53 million on 1400 screens in 19 markets for an international total of $48.03 million so far. Its best opening was in Belgium where the film debuted in third place with $343,000 on 53 screens over the weekend and $403,000 in total. However, its best market overall as France where it grew 33% to $1.13 million on 158 screens for a two-week total of $2.41 million in total.
  • Saw II opened in fifth place in South Korea with $859,000 on 111 screens over the weekend and $1.05 million in total. Its biggest market over the weekend was Germany where it remained in first place with $1.56 million on 449 screens for a two-week total of $4.62 million in the market. Overall the film made $3,19 million on 945 screens in 17 markets for a $47.42 million international total.
  • The Pink Panther doubled its market count and climbed halfway up to the charts to 15th place with $2.97 million on 1016 screens in 8 markets for an early total of $5.53 million. Openings include a first place debuts in both Brazil, ($820,000 on 253), and Taiwan, ($453,000 on 98). However, Mexico remained as its best market with $861,000 on 314 screens for a two-week total of $2.76 million.
  • Valley Of The Wolves: Iraq saw a serious drop-off this weekend falled 45% to $2.80 million on 360 screens in 5 markets for a running tally of $19.95 million. Nearly all of that came from Turkey, ($1.90 million on 366 screens for a $17.34 million total), and Germany, ($620,000 on 68 screens for a $2.21 million total).
  • Oh! My God opened in first place in South Korea with $2.61 million on 252 screens over the weekend and $3.22 million in total.
  • Final Destination 3 slipped on the charts falling to 18th place with $2.46 million on 393 screens in 2 markets for an early international total of $9.88 million. The film fell 37% during its second weekend in the U.K. landing in third place with $2.45 million on 324 screens while it plummeted 62% during its second weekend in Iceland to $10,000.
  • Rumor Has It opened in second place in Spain with $986,000 on 277 screens. That helped lift the film's weekend haul to $2.42 million on 1311 screens in 37 markets for a $39.62 million total.
  • No new openings left Pride & Prejudice slipped down to charts to 20th place with $2.35 million on 946 screens in 30 markets for an international total of $67.03 million so far. Its best market was Spain where the film slipped a spot to sixth with $649,000 on 184 screens for a two week total of $1.87 million.
  • The King and the Clown held up well in South Korea remaining in second place with $2.35 million on 273 screens for an eight-week total of $66.29 million.
  • Good Night, And Good Luck opened in semi-limited release in a number of markets helping it jump into the charts with $2.11 million on 499 screens in 18 markets for an international total of $9.84 million. Its biggest opening was in the U.K. where it finished 8th with $705,000 on just 88 screens, but it managed a third place debut in Argentina with $85,000 on 20 screens. Its biggest market overall was Spain, where it expanded from 32 screens to 109 while more than doubling in box office to $850,000 over the weekend and $1.41 million in total.
  • The New World entered the international charts with $2.10 million on 359 screens in 5 markets for an early international total of $5.00 million. Almost all of that came from its fourth place debut in France where it made $1.90 million on 315 screens.
  • The Wow-Choten Hotel remained in first place in Japan with $2.06 million on 281 screens film for a six-week total of $40.71 million.
  • Aeon Flux returned to the international charts thanks mostly to a sixth place, $892,000 debut on 271 screens in the U.K. this weekend. It also opened in Germany, but failed to make the top ten with just $355,000 on 124 screens and was little better in Turkey with $99,000 on 42 screens finishing in eighth place. Add in other smaller openings and holdovers and the film made $2.02 million on 653 screens in 12 markets for a running tally of $12.74 million.
  • Lord of War re-entered the charts with $1.94 million on 734 screens in 8 markets for an international box office of $38.07 million, but while that is more than it earned domestically, it is nowhere near enough for the film to be considered success. More than half its weekend box office came from Germany where it debuted in fourth place with $1.05 million on 199 screens.
  • Narnia just hung onto a place in the top 30 with $1.94 million on 2171 screens in 42 markets for an international total of $375.70 million. Next weekend it won't be as lucky, but the weekend after that it opens in Japan and should shoot up the charts.
  • Underworld: Evolution is coasting on holdovers at the moment, but it still managed to add another $1.91 million on 877 screens in 14 markets to its international total of $22.60 million.
  • The French film, Je Vous Trouve Tres Beau, grew by 18% during its sophomore stint in its native market lifting its box office there to $1.81 million on 470 screens over the weekend and $16.19 million in total. The film also made $45,000 on 15 screens in Belgium for a total of $389,000 in that market.
  • The South Korean film, Vampire Cop Ricky, saw its opening box office cut in half this weekend to $1.78 million on 280 screens and now has a total of $8.03 million in the market.
  • The Transporter 2 opened in its second-to-last market with $1.7 million on 480 screens in China. The film has yet to open in Japan and will surely add to its $40 million international box office when it does.
  • Date Movie opened day-and-date in Australia finishing first with $1.33 million on 244 screens while it earned $300,000 in Puerto Rico.
  • Flightplan saw a serious drop-off in Japan falling to $1.58 million on 292 screens for a total of $21.34 in the market and $128.63 million internationally.
  • Notte Prima Degli Esami opened in first place in its native Italy with $1.50 million on 237 screens.
  • Just Friends opened in Spain over the weekend but could do no better than ninth with $590,000 on 240 screens while during its second weekend in Australia it dropped 50% to $378,000 on 174 screens over the weekend and $1.42 million in total.
  • Bandidas opened in second place in its native Mexico with $846,000 on 324 screens. While it just missed first place by less than $15,000, this is still considered somewhat of a disappointment.
  • Bloodrayne opened in third place in Russia with $468,000 on 150 screens over the weekend and $502,000 in total. This is a much better result than Uwe Boll's previous film managed in the market.
  • It seems I spoke too soon last week when I said Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire would likely miss the $600 million mark internationally as the studio announced this week that is did just that. This is likely not the result of a sudden burst of ticket sales, but a result of recalibrating old results. Because of fluctuating exchange rates, it is very hard to get exact box office numbers on the international scene.
  • Match Point has fallen off the radar screens, but the studio did announce that the film crossed the $50 million mark at the international box office this past Monday.

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Filed under: International Box Office, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fun With Dick And Jane, Flightplan, Saw II, Brokeback Mountain, The Pink Panther, Underworld: Evolution, Memoirs of a Geisha, Final Destination 3, Date Movie, Nanny McPhee, The Transporter 2, Rumor Has It, Pride & Prejudice, Just Friends, Good Night, and Good Luck, Lord of War, Match Point, Prime, The New World, Casanova, BloodRayne, Bandidas, Aeon Flux