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International Charts Hospitable to Hostel

April 2nd, 2006

Two openings in two major markets helped Hostel climb into sixth place with $4.03 million on 1120 screens in 27 markets for a running tally of $15.42 million. Its best opening was in the U.K. where it debuted in second place with $2.12 million on 304 screens while it struggled in Spain with just $1.01 million on 250. The film has already earned enough to show a profit even after taking into account P&A budget, exhibitor's share, etc. and should be able to double its current international total before its run is over.

  • Narnia continues its leggy run in Japan adding $3.08 million on 702 screens for a first place finish and a four-week total of $36.66 million. That was the vast majority of the films $3.88 million international weekend, which was earned on 1579 screens in 27 markets. Updated totals have the film earning $428.11 million internationally and $718.72 million worldwide.
  • Brokeback Mountain earned $3.57 million on 1767 screens in 40 markets for an international total of $84.17 million. It has now earned more money internationally than it did domestically and is still showing strong legs in many markets. Markets like Germany where the film was down just 17% to $1.31 million on 316 screens for a three-week total of $6.08 million.
  • Date Movie opened in fourth place in Mexico with $473,000 on 206 screens while it had a similar opening in Brazil with $344,000 on 123. On the other hand, it flopped in Russia with $160,000 on 80 screens over the weekend and $180,000 in total. Its biggest market overall remained Spain with $1.08 million on 275 screens over the weekend and $2.94 million in total. Overall the film was mostly flat for the weekend adding $3.30 million on 1467 screens in 23 markets for an international total of $21.16 million.
  • Il Mio Miglior Nemico tumbled 47% but remained in first place in Italy with $2.81 million on 528 screens over the weekend and $18.41 in total.
  • Fellow Italian film, Il Caimano, finished one place lower with $2.70 million on 370 screens.
  • Big Momma's House 2 opened in second place in France with $1.68 million on 357 screens, which was more than it earn on the international scene last weekend. Overall the film shot up from 22nd place to 12th with $2.67 million on 1054 screens in 20 markets for an impressive total of $57.46 million after two months of release.
  • Failure to Launch fell 32% to $2.40 million on 911 screens in 10 markets for an early international total of $8.70 million. This weekend the film opened in third place in Belgium with $127,000 on 26 screens over the weekend and $148,000 in total while it made $140,000 on 26 in Singapore. For the second weekend in a row Germany was the film's best market as it dipped just 18% to $1.17 million on 347 screens over the weekend and $2.97 million in total.
  • Syriana is coasting on holdovers at the moment as it added $2.19 million on 1566 screens in 42 markets for an international total of $37.86 million.
  • The Hills Have Eyes had one of the best week-to-week performance on the charts climbing to 15th place with $2.17 million on 768 screens in 7 markets and now has $7.30 million internationally. In Germany the film finish fourth in a tight race with $1.13 million on 350 screens while in the U.K. it slipped to sixth with $509,000 on 288 screens over the weekend and $5.51 million in total.
  • The Shaggy Dog remained in 16th place earning a nearly identical $2.15 million on 1034 screens in 9 markets for an international total of $6.38 million so far. It remained in first place in family friendly Mexico with $997,000 on 408 screens over the weekend and $3.49 million in total, but has struggled nearly everywhere else.
  • Firewall shot back into the top 30 taking 17th place with $2.08 million on 983 screens in 17 markets for an international total of $14.39 million. Most of that came from Spain where the film opened in second place with a sizable $1.35 million on 302 screens.
  • Doraemon 2006 is showing unbelievably legs, even compared to historical norms in Japan dipping just 11% to $1.99 million in 311 screens for a $15.50 million total there after four weeks of release.
  • Eight Below climbed one spot to 19th with $1.76 million on 813 screens in 6 markets for a very early international total of $4.32 million. This week the film opened in Germany but bombed with just $788,000 on 444 screens finishing in eighth place in the process. On the other hand, it remained in first place in Hong Kong with $652,000 on 28 screens for the full week and $1.61 million in total.
  • Memoirs Of A Geisha barely hung onto a spot in the top twenty with $1.63 million on 1176 screens in 39 markets for an international total of $99.57 million. The film should have $100 million by the weekend, but it might not finish in the top 30.
  • Volver had the best week-to-week drop-off in the top twenty in Spain falling just 26% to $1.59 million on 239 screens for a two-week total of $4.74 million.
  • Underworld: Evolution had the worst week-to-week performance on the charts as the film fell from eighth place to 22nd down 56% to $1.57 million on 1271 screens in 19 markets for a total of $44.75 million.
  • Nanny McPhee climbed back into the top 30 thanks mostly to its sixth place opening in Russia; there the film made $405,000 on 150 screens over the weekend and $435,000 in total. Overall it made $1.53 million on 1349 screens in 31 markets for an international total of $62.04 million.
  • Walk the Line is shedding screens and markets falling to 24th place with $1.49 million on 1013 screens in 24 markets for an international total of $58.25 million.
  • Fearless opened in fourth place in South Korea with $871,000 on 156 screens over the weekend and $1.01 million in total. Overall the film made $1.48 million on 467 screens in 4 markets for a two-month total of $29.57 million internationally.
  • Capote opened in Belgium earning $42,000 on just 3 screens while in the Netherlands it made $31,000 on 2 screens. Like in most markets its low theatre count left is well down the charts and in both markets finished in 16th place. Its best market remained the U.K. where it managed 15th place with $131,000 on 65 screens for a total of $2.16 million after one month of release there. Overall the film made $1.37 million 594 screens in 37 markets for a $13.84 million international total so far.
  • La Planete Blanche, a.k.a., The White Planet, which is a French / Canadian co-production opened in the former market with $1.36 million on 402 screens placing third in the process.
  • Pride & Prejudice returned to the charts with $1.33 million on 463 screens in 24 markets for an international total of $76.21 million, which is nearly double what it earned domestically. Most of its weekend number came from South Korea where it opened in third place with $988,000 on 143 screens over the weekend and $1.17 million in total.
  • See You After School remained in second place in South Korea with $1.26 million on 203 screens over the weekend and $4.03 million in total.
  • Helen The Baby Fox slipped just 18% during its second weekend in Japan adding $1.20 million on 267 screens over the weekend and $4.79 million in total. An opening per screen average above $5000 again proves to be a portent of strong legs.
  • Yours, Mine and Ours added $1.2 million on 412 screens in 15 markets for a disappointing international total of $3.23 million. Its 'best' opening of the weekend was Russia where the film managed just seventh place with $234,000 on 86 screens over the weekend and $260,000 in total.
  • The Ringer started its international run with a fifth place, $976,000 opening on 261 screens in the U.K. That's on par with its opening here, but without the Christmas break to lengthen its legs, its final tally won't be as strong.
  • A Sound of Thunder opened in fourth place in Japan with $893,000 on 168 screens. That is above the $5000 per screen average that usually indicated strong legs in that markets, but for some reason, I don't think that will be the case this time.
  • Les Bronzes Amis Pour la Vie is fell to eighth place in France with $593,000 on 369 screens over the weekend and $74.59 million in total.
  • When a Stranger Calls remained in first place in Australia with $558,000 on 186 screens over the weekend and $1.64 million in total. While the film has spent its first two weeks on the top of the charts there, it has not performed well as $558,000 is equivalent to about $6 million domestically. The last time a film topped the charts here with such a small total was way back in 2003 when Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star opened in first with just $6.66 million.
  • Cry_Wolf opened in eighth place in Australia with $249,000 on 146 screens and missed the top ten in New Zealand with $17,000 on 19 screens. So far the film has made $3.49 million internationally, but the film was inexpensive enough to make that it has already shown a profit.
  • Ultraviolet started its international run in a handful of smaller markets including Sweden where in finished in 18th place with just $20,000 on 15 screens while overall it made just $185,000. The film does expand throughout the coming weeks but won't really get its international run underway till June and July when it opens in the U.K., France and Germany.

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Filed under: International Box Office, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Walk the Line, Failure to Launch, Brokeback Mountain, Eight Below, Big Momma's House 2, Underworld: Evolution, The Shaggy Dog, Memoirs of a Geisha, Yours, Mine and Ours, Syriana, Firewall, Date Movie, When a Stranger Calls, Hostel, Nanny McPhee, The Hills Have Eyes, Pride & Prejudice, The Ringer, Capote, Huo Yuan Jia, Ultraviolet, Cry Wolf, A Sound of Thunder