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Les Bronzes Tops the Box Office Podium

March 1st, 2006

The French film, Les Bronzes Amis Pour la Vie, again topped the international box office charts this time taking in $7.45 million on 1006 screens in 3 markets for a running tally of $72.66 million. Again, the vast majority of that came in France where the film entered the all-time top ten with $68.4 million, which is enough to pay for its entire $42 million production budget.

The rest of the top five were all within a $1 million of each other.

Syriana expanded over the weekend and that helped it jump into second place with $5.82 million on 1467 screens in 29 markets for an early international total of $9.37 million. The film had a trio of second place finishes in France, ($1.7 million on 274 screens), Germany, ($1.20 million on 359), and Italy, (also $1.20 on 236). The film has another big push this coming weekend, including the U.K. and Spain, and that should help it stay in the top five at least.

The Pink Panther added another bunch of markets this weekend, including a first place debut in Spain, and that helped it climb into the top five with $5.00 million on 1458 screens in 14 markets for an international total of $11.50 million. In Spain, the film earned nearly half its weekend total with $2.47 million on 348 screens. It wasn't as successful in Poland, but still managed third place with $288,000 on 60 screens.

For the third weekend in a row, Walk the Line was in fourth place this time with $4.88 million on 2214 screens in 45 markets. It had no major openings this weekend, but it remained strong in the U.K. with $1.29 million on 285 screens over the weekend and that was good enough for a sixth place finish and a $10.88 million running tally. In Germany it was able to remain in third place with $889,000 on 322 screens and now has $6.43 million in that market.

Big Momma's House 2 was another film without a major opening this weekend and that saw it drop 32% to fifth place with $4.84 million on 1690 screens in 19 markets for an international total of $42.43 million. That gives it $108.15 million worldwide making it the highest grossing film of the year. Its best market of the weekend was again the U.K. with $1.66 million on 317 screens for a running tally in that market of $12.23 million. However, it also scored its second first place finish in Holland with $467,000 on 75 screens for a two-week total of $1.22 million. It's still not living up to the level of the first film, but it is much closer than most people thought it would be.


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Filed under: International Box Office, Walk the Line, The Pink Panther, Big Momma's House 2, Syriana