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International Details - Eight Finishes Just Below Top Five

May 7th, 2006

A pair of openings in major markets helped Eight Below climb a spot to sixth with $5.05 million on 2129 screens in 24 markets for a total of $24.26 million so far. The film opened in France but could only manage sixth place with $1.85 million on 473 screens while in Spain it opened in first place, but only managed $981,000 on 224 screens. In the meantime, the film dipped just 4% during its second weekend in Australia adding $769,000 on 258 screens to its total of $2.29 million there.

  • The Wild opened in a few more markets of note including Russia where it came in first with $1.10 million on 240 screens and Hong Kong where it had to settle for a distant second with $343,000 on 27 screens. On the other hand, the film finished in sixth place with $78,000 on 78 screens in Holland. Adding in holdovers and the film made $4.47 million on 2617 screens in 34 markets for an international total of just $24.57 million.
  • Despite strong competition, OSS 117: Le Caire Nid D'Espions fell a mere 13% during its second weekend in France adding $4.31 million on 564 screens for an already impressive total of $10.49 million.
  • Bloody Tie was one of three local films to open in South Korea this week; the film took top spot with $4.00 million on 363 screens over the weekend and $5.16 million in total.
  • A lack of new openings left V for Vendetta down by 31% while falling from 4th to 10th place in the process. Overall it made $3.94 million on 1829 screens in 46 markets for a $49.24 million total. The film held on strong in Japan slipping just 17% to $1.08 million on 245 screens for a two-week total of $3.41 million. While the film fell a little faster in France, it was nearly as strong down just 25% to $1.30 million on 334 screens for a total of $3.54 million so far.
  • Take the Lead opened in a couple of major markets this weekend including Italy where the film just missed second place with $1.97 million on 351 screens. It was also on the losing side of a close race in Spain finishing second with $920,000 on 260 screens. On the other hand, it was not a potent in Hong Kong as it managed just fifth place with $190,000 on 21 screens. Overall the film made $3.75 million on 941 screens in 8 markets for a total of $7.56 million. Almost half that total, $3.61 million, has come from the U.K., including $462,000 on 243 screens this past weekend.
  • 16 Blocks opened in the U.K. and that allowed it to remain flat with $3.21 million on 1412 screens in 16 markets for a total of $13.61 million so far. Nearly half its weekend total came from the aforementioned U.K. debut where it scored second place with $1.43 million on 301 screens. Holdovers varied with the film holding strong in Germany down just 14% to $538,000 on 282 screens for a total of $1.33 million. On the other hand, it fell 61% in South Korea to $321,000 on 109 screens for a total of $1.58 million.
  • Barefoot Ki-bong opened in South Korea with $2.82 million on 332 screens over the weekend and $3.62 million in total. That was good enough for second place locally and 13th place on the international charts.
  • Detective Conan: Requiem Of The Detectives grew by 1% during its third weekend in Japan as it remained in first place with $2.81 million on 295 screens for a total of $12.50 million after three weeks.
  • Una Pelicula De Huevos remained in first place in its native Mexico thanks to a negligible 1% drop-off this weekend. It earned $2.68 million on 429 screens for a two-week total of $7.64 million.
  • Hostel climbed back onto the charts thanks to a third place, $1.52 million opening on 218 screens in Germany. That was the majority of the film's $2.17 million weekend haul, which was earned on 667 screens in 27 markets. So far the film has made $30.68 million internationally, including $7.65 million from the U.K.
  • Final Destination 3 is just wrapping up its international run as it opened in third place in Australia with $754,000 on 147 screens. It also opened in third place in Turkey over the weekend, but while it earned the same ranking, its $189,000 on 65 screens was much weaker. Overall the film made $2.09 million on 864 screens for a total of $52.39 million internationally.
  • Asterix and the Vikings fell to fifth place in France with $1.97 million on 603 screens for a total of $8.11 million so far.
  • Failure to Launch had one of the worst week-to-week drop-offs on the charts this weekend failing from 9th place to 19th with $1.84 million on 987 screens in 27 markets for a total of $31.48 million. This descent was cause by the lack of major openings and steep declines in markets like Spain, where it fell from second to sixth with $690,000 on 221 screens for a two-week total of $2.15 million.
  • Crayon Shin-chan Vol. 14 dipped just 8% during its third weekend of release in Japan adding $1.48 million on 289 screens for a total of $6.62 million during that time.
  • American Dreamz opened in fifth place in Australia over the weekend with $510,000 on 153 screens. This is better than it performed domestically given the relative size of the two markets, but it is hardly reason to celebrate. Meanwhile, in the U.K. it slipped a spot also to fifth with $935,000 on 356 screens for a two-week total of $2.77 million. Add it up and the film made $1.45 million on 499 screens in 2 markets for an early total of $3.28 million on the international scene.
  • Piter FM took quite a tumble this week as the Russian film fell to $1.38 million on 382 screens in 4 markets for a two-week total of $4.92 million.
  • La Doublure continues its descent down the charts with $1.28 million on 561 screens in 3 markets over the weekend for an international total of $23.29 million. More than 90% of that came from France where the film finished in fifth place with $1.19 million on 520 screens for a total of $20.84 million.
  • Basic Instinct 2 is shedding screens and markets at an accelerated rate now, but thanks to a sixth place, $455,000 opening on 250 screens in Mexico, the film was able to remain on the charts for one more week. Overall it made $1.25 million on 1285 screens in 27 markets for a total of just $32.53 million.
  • It was also thanks to an opening Mexico that When a Stranger Calls was able to pop back onto the charts. In that market it was able to place fourth with $579,000 on 300 screens, while overall it managed 25th place with $1.23 million on 662 screens in 21 markets for an anemic total of just $5.54 million so far. Granted, the film has yet to open in most major markets, but its numbers so far as still not what the studio was hoping for.
  • Firewall opened in Italy securing fifth place with $682,000 on 168 screens. That helped the film's weekend take climb 15% to $1.22 million on 532 screens in 33 markets for an international total of $30.57 million.
  • Chekeraccho!, a.k.a. Check It Out, Yo! climbed to third place in its native Japan up 5% to $1.10 million on 207 screens for a two-week total of $2.80 million.
  • Love Phobia opened in third place in South Korea with $1.09 million on 303 screens over the weekend and $1.46 million in total.
  • My Scary Girl saw its weekend haul sliced in half in South Korea as it fell to fourth place with $1.09 million on 172 screens over the weekend and $12.21 million in total.
  • She's The Man almost fell out of the top 30 with $1.07 million on 473 screens in 4 markets for an international total of $12.53 million after one month or release. While it did fall more than 10 places, its week-to-week drop-off was a mere 22% despite no major or even midlevel openings. It was able to do this thanks to small drop-offs in two major markets. The film fell just 21% in the U.K. as it added $532,000 on 292 screens to its $7.34 million total there while in Australia it held on almost as well down 24% to $465,000 on 138 screens for a $4.12 million total there. So far the film has done very well considering movies with the same target audience usually flop internationally. Granted, the film has already opened in all three English-speaking markets and they are obviously the markets where the film will excel the most. However, if it can surprise in just one or two additional major markets, it could earn enough to show a profit before it hits the home market.
  • Slither just missed the top 30 with $1.01 million on 446 screens in 5 markets for a very early total of $1.44 million internationally. Most of that came from the film's sixth place, $895,000 opening on 321 screens in the U.K. While the film did perform better in the U.K. than it did domestically, (given the size of the two markets), it still did not earn a huge amount. Assuming that market is reflective of the film's chances, it will likely end its international run with $10 million, give or take. On the other hand, it was inexpensive to make, and it should still show a profit if its home market sales are as strong as some expect.
  • Bee Season opened in fifth place in Spain with $761,000 on 225 screens and by this time next week it will have earned more there than it did domestically. And that's before taking into account the relative size of the two markets.
  • Yours, Mine and Ours fell out of the top 30 but still managed to add $735,000 on 800 screens in 24 markets to its international total of $14.20 million.
  • Aquamarine opened in its first major market taking seven in Mexico with $378,000 on 202 screens over the weekend but it's hard to tell if that was a good result or not. On the one hand, this is a market that is usually very favorable to family friendly films. On the other hand, fluff like this tends to bomb internationally.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Failure to Launch, Eight Below, V for Vendetta, Final Destination 3, Yours, Mine and Ours, Firewall, When a Stranger Calls, Hostel, The Wild, Take the Lead, She's the Man, Slither, Basic Instinct 2, Bee Season, 16 Blocks, Aquamarine, American Dreamz