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International Details - Asterix and the Big Box Office

April 23rd, 2006

The latest Asterix & Obelix movie, Asterix and the Vikings, opened in second place in native France with $3.64 million on 606 screens. The film also made $167,000 during its second weekend in Belgium for a $454,000 two week total. These films are very popular in France and other parts of Europe, but have never made the transition here.

  • Failure to Launch remained in seventh place with $3.58 million on 1606 screens in 19 markets for a running tally of $23.37 million. The film had one major opening this week as it debuted in third place in Australia with $1.11 million on 220 screens, which was a disappointing start compared to its domestic opening. The film was able to break $100 million worldwide during the midweek but won't be able to match its domestic total internationally.
  • Final Destination 3 opened in second place in Germany with $2.12 million on 356 screens, which was nearly double what the previous release opened with in the market. Overall the film made $3.46 million on 917 screens in 22 markets for a $45.28 million total internationally and more than $99 million worldwide. With several more markets left to open in, the film should become the biggest hit in the Franchise.
  • V for Vendetta is shedding screens and markets, but only fell 32% to $3.29 million on 1519 screens in 35 markets for an international total of $30.96 million after one month of release. The film had no major or midlevel openings this weekend and its best market was Spain where the film added $899,000 on 300 screens to its two-week total of $3.07 million. On the other hand, it did cross $100 million worldwide and that milestone should be enough to keep the studio satisfied.
  • La Doublure added another $3.25 million on 768 screens in 3 markets for an international total of $17.82 million. $2.95 million of the weekend figure and $16.35 million of the total came from its home market of France, where it place fifth during its third weekend of release.
  • Basic Instinct 2 had the worst week-to-week performance on the internationally charts this weekend. The film plummeted 49% falling from 3rd to 11th in the process with $3.19 million on 2768 screens in 37 markets for a very disappointing $26.71 million on the international scene. At one point, the Erotic Thriller was a easy sell internationally, but times have changed.
  • Fellow France film, Les Brigades du Tigre, opened in fourth place with $3.02 million on 522 screens in its native market, which was good for 12th overall.
  • Firewall added another 10 markets this week increasing it weekend haul to $2.84 million on 1790 screens in 37 markets for a total of $26.52 million. The film debuted in first place in China with $1.2 million on 305 screens while it had a very disappointing to start in Holland opening in eighth place with $106,000 on 44.
  • Crayon Shin-chan Vol. 14 opened in second place in Japan with $2.82 million on 288 screens, which was well above the $5000 per screen average that usually separates the winners from the losers in this market.
  • Jean-Philippe fell to sixth place in French even though it fell just 18% to $2.73 million for the weekend. After two weeks the film has made $6.84 million in its native market.
  • My Scary Girl remained in first place in South Korea down a mere 17% to $2.40 million on 310 screens over the weekend and $7.23 million in total.
  • Nanny McPhee continues to grow adding $2.28 million on 1294 screens in 31 markets for a total of $69.17 million. The film opened in Japan this week, but finished seventh with just $549,000 on 137 screens.
  • She's The Man disappointed in its only midlevel opening of the week as it finished in ninth place in New Zealand with $48,000 on 30 screens. However, of the six films that opened in wide release this weekend, none were able to earn a per screen average at $2000 or better. The film fared better in the U.K. down 40% to $1.06 million on 306 screens and $4.20 million in total while it was even better in Australia down just 28% to $657,000 on 138 screens and $1.95 million in total. Overall the film made $1.81 million on 533 screens in 6 markets for an early international total of $7.18 million.
  • Yours, Mine and Ours opened in Spain and that helped its weekend haul climb 10% to $1.74 million on 1066 screens in 21 markets for a total of just $10.35 million on the international scene. In Spain the film finished in eighth place with $470,000 on 100 screens while in Mexico it slipped just 12% to $726,000 on 327 screens over the weekend and $2.51 million in total.
  • Narnia barely hung onto a spot in the top twenty with $1.65 million on 1026 screens in 5 markets for a total of $445.42 million internationally and $737.03 million worldwide. It is only doing significant business in one market, Japan; there it added $1.48 million on 607 screens for a seven-week total of $51.95 million.
  • Piranha Hunt fell more than 50% during its second weekend in Russia slipping to third with $1.26 million on 407 screens over the weekend and $5.14 million in total. However, it did add a few more smaller markets and that helped it earn $1.65 million over the weekend and $5.60 million in total.
  • Now And Forever opened in its native South Korea with $1.46 million on 497 screens over the weekend and $1.61 million in total.
  • Take the Lead started its international run with openings in three markets most notably the U.K. There it finished fourth with $1.10 million on 301 screens while adding in the other two markets it made $1.31 million on 351 screens. This is not a great start, but it could have been worse.
  • Hostel opened two more markets this weekend, Brazil and Taiwan. In the former it opened in fourth place with $285,000 while it topped the latter market with $260,000 on 18 screens. Overall the film made $1.31 million on 669 screens in 24 markets and has brought in $24.63 million in total.
  • Big Momma's House 2 had a pair of fourth place openings in both Germany, ($880,000 on 401 screens), and Switzerland, ($135,000 on 18 screens). Quite frankly, I was expecting more from Germany as the movie seemed to match their tastes quite well. Overall the film added $1.37 million to its international total of $63.10 million, a total that will top its domestic total before too long.
  • Hoodwinked! had one of the worst week-to-week performance on the charts this week falling from 13th to 25th with $1.28 million on 261 screens in 5 markets for a total of $17.25 million. The film has yet to open in many major markets, but it will likely not top its domestic box office.
  • Keeping Mum had its best week during its international run since it was playing in its native market of the U.K. adding $1.23 million on 778 screens in 9 markets to its total of $12.07 million. Its best opening of the weekend was in Italy where it finished fourth with $592,000 on 233 screens over the weekend and $629,000 in total. Meanwhile, in Germany it fell from fourth to eighth with $366,000 on 409 screens for a two-week total of $1.35 million. Even so, the film has performed well below exceptions.
  • Lucky Number Slevin opened in fourth place in Russia with $351,000 on 139 screens over the weekend and $390,000 in total. Also, the film fell dipped 15% during its second weekend of release is Spain adding $751,000 on 231 screens to its total of $2.10 million in the market. Overall the film made $1.15 million on 440 screens in 5 markets for an early international total of $7.09 million,
  • 16 Blocks nearly fell out of the top 30 finishing in 29th place with $1.09 million on 551 screens in 8 markets for a total of $5.05 million. In Spain the film missed the top five with $675,000 on 238 screen over the weekend and $1.01 million in total.
  • Eight Below fell 30% landing in 30th place with $1.07 million on 871 screens in 15 markets for a total of $11.69 million. The film had no major openings last weekend, but opened in the U.K. on Friday.
  • The Fog opened in a pair of major markets over the weekend. Its biggest was France where it opened in 10th place with $541,000 on 110 screens while its best was Italy where it opened in sixth place with $439,000 on 133 screens. So far the film has made $15.30 million internationally, which is about half of what it earned domestically.
  • Two opposing forces were at work in Japan with the The Producers. On the one hand, it opened with less than $5000 per screen, which usually means a very short run. On the other hand, it is a musical and those are very popular there. In the end the latter won out as the fill dipped just 8% to $933,000 on 274 screens for a two-week total of $3.08 million. Overall the film made $965,000 on 313 screens in 13 markets for a total of $13.55 million.
  • An American Haunting doesn't open domestically four a couple of weeks, but it already started its international run with a sixth place, $960,000 debut on 269 screens in the U.K.
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose ended its international run with a fourth place, $605,000 opening on 122 screens in South Korea for a weekend haul of $655,000 on 227 screens and an international total of $68.53 million.

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Filed under: International Box Office, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Failure to Launch, Eight Below, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, V for Vendetta, Big Momma's House 2, Final Destination 3, Yours, Mine and Ours, Hoodwinked, Firewall, Hostel, Nanny McPhee, Take the Lead, She's the Man, The Fog, Lucky Number Slevin, The Producers: The Movie Musical, Basic Instinct 2, 16 Blocks, An American Haunting