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International Charts - Memories haven't Faded Yet

March 12th, 2006

A fourth place, $1.63 million debut on 250 screens in France helped Memoirs Of A Geisha leap up the charts this weekend. Overall the film finished in sixth place on the international charts with $3.98 million on 1723 screens in 47 markets for an international total of $88.34 million. The film placed higher during its opening in Finland with $79,000 on 12 screen over the weekend and $95,000 in total while it had to settle for ninth place in Belgium with $200,000 on 29 screens.

  • A trio of openings in major markets helped Underworld: Evolution return to the international charts with $3.95 million on 1166 screens in 20 markets for an international box office of $29.79 million. The film opened in first place in Austria with $315,000 on 45 screens while it had to settle for second in Germany with $1.89 million on 308 screens. It also opened in Mexico with $579,000 on 280 screens, which is not an impressive per screen average.
  • Walk the Line fell out of the top five with $3.90 million on 1909 screens in 41 markets for a total of $43.43 million internationally. The film is starting to shed markets as well as screens and without any major markets left to conquer, its total won't increase too much more from now on.
  • The German film, Die Wilden Kerle 3, a.k.a. The Wild Kerle - part 3, opened in first place in its native market with $3.86 million on 575 screens.
  • Big Momma's House 2 fell only 21% this weekend, but that was enough for it to fall from fifth to 10th with $3.83 million on 1225 screens in 22 markets for a running tally of $47.86 million on the international scene. Its biggest opening of the weekend and in Singapore where the cross-dressing comedy captured $313,000. The film still has a few major markets to go, include Germany where the film should earn big bucks, so its international run is far from over.
  • Doraemon 2006 opened in second place in Japan with $3.73 million on 308 screens over the weekend for the best per screen average in the top ten.
  • Les Bronzes Amis Pour la Vie fell from first to 12th on the international charts this weekend with $3.66 million on 927 screens in 3 markets for an international total of $77.89 million, the best of the year so far. The film is still in first place in in France with $3.12 million on 862 screens over the weekend and $69.75 million in total.
  • Bambi 2 slipped a few spots to 13th with $2.90 million on 1984 screens in 23 markets for a running tally of $25.29 million so far. The only opening of note this weekend was in Turkey where the film made $232,000 on 72 screens finishing in fifth place in the process.
  • Forbidden Quest fell 35% during its second weekend in South Korean as it remained in first place with $2.80 million on 430 screens for a two-week total of $11.66 million.
  • Date Movie opened in first place in New Zealand with $188,000 on 50 screens while it held up better than expected in the U.K. down just 18% to $1.85 million on 356 screens over the weekend and $4.95 million after 10 days. Overall the film made $2.75 million over the weekend on 644 screens in 4 markets for a very early international total of $9.28 million.
  • Nanny McPhee is coasting on holdovers, but fell only 17% to $2.61 million on 1375 screens in 22 markets for a total of $56.66 million so far. The film just crossed $100 million worldwide over the weekend and is barely more than halfway done international run. Over the next couple of months it will open in 30 more markets including Russia, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Japan.
  • Final Destination 3 opened in first place in Argentina with $196,000 on 31 screens over the weekend. That was the film's biggest opening, which explains why it slipped to 17th place with $2.54 million on 668 screens in 9 markets while its international total reached $18.76 million. Its biggest market to date is the U.K. where the film was made $14.10 million so far, including $1.02 million on 347 screens this weekend.
  • Hostel opened in France over the weekend but missed the top ten with $840,000 on 161 screens, and that was for the whole week. That was enough to lift its weekend haul to $2.53 million on 803 screens in 14 markets for a total of just $5.78 million so far. While R-rated movies tend to do well internationally, sadistic horror films are another matter.
  • Chicken Little is just coasting on holdovers adding $2.46 million on 1719 screens in 22 markets to its international total of $172.56 million.
  • Firewall made its first appearance on the charts with $2.45 million on 853 screens in 10 markets for a very early international total of $6.24 million. Its biggest and best market of the weekend was Australia where it finished in first place with $983,000 on 232 screens while it also topped the charts in Mexico with $856,000 on 311 screens. On the other hand, it could finish no higher than fourth in Hong Kong with $250,000 on 31 screens over the week and seven in New Zealand with $66,000 on 36.
  • For the second weekend in a row, Notte Prima Degli Esami saw growth in its native Italy, this time growing by 12% to $2.18 million on 317 screens for a three-week total of $7.13 million.
  • Capote climbed into 22nd place on the charts with $2.10 million on 504 screens in 32 markets for a total of $5.20 million so far. That may seem like a really low total, but in most markets the film opened in limited release and that really reduced its box office potential. This weekend the film opened in Germany but missed the top ten with $287,000 on just 57 screens while it did similar business in Switzerland, ($51,000 on 7 screens) and Hong Kong, ($37,000 on 3). On the other hand, the film debuted in second place in Argentina with $122,000 on 19 screens for the best per screen average in the market.
  • Munich is shedding markets and screens as it fell from 11th to 23rd with $2.05 million on 2043 screens in 43 markets for an international total of $75.29 million. At this pace, the film will fall off the chart either this weekend or next.
  • The New World opened in Germany over the weekend but just missed the top ten with $316,000 on 251 screens. On the other hand, the film fell just 32% in Spain to $530,000 on 185 screens over the weekend and $1.60 million in total. Overall it managed $2.03 million on 965 screens in 12 markets for an international running tally of $11.67 million.
  • No new major or even midlevel openings left Prime falling from 16th to 25th with $1.86 million on 891 screens in 14 markets for a $32.07 million total on the international scene.
  • Casanova continues to fall down the charts landing in 26th place with $1.86 million on 1532 screens in 23 markets for a running tally of $18.99 million. The film opened in ninth place in Denmark with $60,000 on 25 screens over the weekend and $70,000 in total.
  • The Weather Man opened in Italy and the U.K. over the weekend and that helped it enter the international charts for the first time with $1.79 million on 579 screens in 5 markets for a very early international total of $2.98 million. The better of the two markets was Italy where the film finished in fourth place with $771,000 on 192 screens while in the U.K. it had to settle for eighth with $712,000 on 258.
  • L'Invresse du pouvoir, a.k.a., The Comedy Of Power, remained in third place in France with $1.67 million on 406 screens for a two-week total of $4.51 million. Add in Switzerland and the film made $1.75 million on 416 screens over the weekend and $4.76 million in total.
  • Fauteuils D'Orchestre finished in third place for the third weekend in a row in France with $1.71 million on 475 screens over the weekend and $9.10 million in total.
  • The Star Of Perfectual Government slipped to third in Japan with $1.71 million on 284 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $6.69 million.
  • Lucky Number Slevin remained in third place in the U.K. with $1.41 million on 314 screens for a $4.39 million total in that market.
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit opened in second place in Italy with $1.37 million on 309 screens while its international total has hit roughly $130 million with Japan left to go.
  • Knayz Vladimir, a.k.a. Prince Vladimir had the best week-to-week drop-off in Russia as it remained in first place with $1.31 million on 292 screens over the weekend and $3.81 million in total.
  • Get Rich Or Die Tryin' held on better than expected in France slipping a spot to sixth with $1.12 million on 243 screens. The film now as $3.43 million in the market and $13.34 million internationally.
  • The biopic on Pope John Paul II, (conveniently named Pope John Paul II), opened in first place in Poland with $1.02 million on 140 screens.
  • The King and the Clown remained in third place in South Korea this weekend with $967,000 on 161 screens for a total of $63.38 million so far. The film, which cost only $4.5 million to make, has now sold more than 11.74 million tickets, which is incredible given the total population of South Korea is only 48.42 million. To put this in perspective, that would be like a film selling nearly 80 million tickets, which at today's prices would bring in over $500 million at the box office.
  • Last Holiday started its international run with a ninth place, $700,000 debut on 198 screens in the U.K., which was actually better than expected.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Chicken Little, Walk the Line, Big Momma's House 2, Underworld: Evolution, Memoirs of a Geisha, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Final Destination 3, Firewall, Date Movie, Munich, Hostel, Nanny McPhee, Last Holiday, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Capote, Prime, Lucky Number Slevin, The New World, The Weather Man, Casanova