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International Details - Mission: Second Place

May 28th, 2006

Mission: Impossible 3 was knocked out of first place by The Da Vinci Code, but that was not a surprise to anyone. What was a surprise is the lack of staying power Mission: Impossible 3 has exhibited so far; this week the film fell a further 43% o $23.22 million on 6392 screens in 57 markets for a total of $164.32 million. Its best market of the weekend was the U.K. where it added $3.44 million on 445 screens to its total of $23.70 million. However, South Korea is close behind with $3.19 million on 330 screens for a total of $23.22 million. The film only as a few openings left and Japan is the only major player out there so unless a minor miracle happens Mission: Impossible 3 won't reach the heights that its predecessors did.

  • Ice Age: The Meltdown held up amazingly well in the face of stiff competition dipping just 29% to $5.76 million on 4743 screens in 31 markets for a total of $429.31 million. This hold is even more impressive since the film lost 35% of its screens so its per screen average actually improved. Its best market of the weekend, and in total, was Germany where it remained in third place down just 10% to $889,000 on 803 screens for a $59.27 million total.
  • Limit Of Love: Umizaru slipped just 19% in Japan but was still pushed into second place with $5.10 million on 315 screens for a three week total of $31.52 million. On a side note, the film finished in second place in one market, but still managed fourth place on the overall charts. Summer blockbuster season sure does strange things to the international charts.
  • The Spanish film, Volver, expanded into several of its neighboring markets earning $3.94 million on 712 screens in 5 markets for a total of $14.90 million. The best foreign market for the film was France where it finished second with about $3 million, but that was for the full week. It also placed second in Italy with $1.33 million on 298 screens while it managed third in Switzerland with $244,000 on 17.
  • Camping fell out of the top five with $3.15 million on 614 screens in 3 markets for a total of $33.02 million in total.
  • Silent Hill tumbled like horror films usually do as it fell out of the top five with $2.30 million on 1123 screens in 13 markets for a total of $24.64 million on the international scene. The film will need to make about $250 million to show a profits, but that includes domestic, international and home market numbers so the target is well within reach.
  • Comme T'y Es Belle climbed a spot to eighth simple because it didn't collapse in the face of competition. It did fall 30% to $1.55 million on 341 screens in 2 markets for a two-week total of $4.27 million.
  • Poseidon had the worst performance in the top 30 with a staggering 64% drop-off to $1.53 million on 577 screens in 6 markets for a two week total of $7.17 million. It has yet to open in any major market, but the hopes that its international run would pay for its production budget of $160 million, or more, took a serious blow. The film opens in Japan, the U.K. and Australia next weekend and its performance there will be a major indicator whether it will sink of swim.
  • Asterix and the Vikings slipped a mere 12% over the weekend and that helped in climb back into the top ten with $1.37 million on 995 screens in 8 markets for a total of $14.80 million after a month and a half of release.
  • Memories Of Tomorrow slipped a spot to third in Japan but climbed a spot to 11th internationally with $1.36 million on 264 screens for a two-week total of $6.17 million.
  • Prime was down just 35% in the U.K. to $1.05 million on 383 screens for a two-week total of $3.42 million in that market. Overall it made $1.34 million on 607 screens in 7 markets for a total of $42.20 million.
  • The Inside Man is coasting on holdovers at the moment but it did manage to add $1.20 million on 984 screens in 30 markets $85.80 million. The film is less than $2 million for topping its domestic total on the international scene, which is a target that is well within reach. On the other hand, the next milestone for the movie, $100 million internationally, is out of reach unless it does really well in Japan, which is its last major market.
  • Scary Movie 4 is shedding screens and markets at an accelerated pace at it hit just $1.08 million on 1447 screens in 25 markets for a total of $63.09 million.
  • Barefoot Ki-bong fell 60% in South Korea down to $1.01 million on 245 screens for a total of $14.00 million after 4 weeks. This is less than its running total was last weekend, but this is because currency fluctuations led to a readjustment in its box office.
  • The French film, OSS 117: Le Caire Nid D'Espions, dipped below $1 million internationally but still placed 16th with $863,000 on 389 screens in 3 markets for a total of $16.93 million.
  • Eight Below saw its weekend haul sliced in half again to just $861,000 on 1186 screens in 16 markets for an international total of $35.80 million. That's well below its domestic total but the film is already a financial success, so it matter very little at this point.
  • The Wild slipped another spot to 18th with $847,000 on 1169 screens in 24 markets for a total of $32.38 million.
  • Over the Hedge started its international run with openings in a trio of South Asian markets bringing in $812,000 on 137 screens in the process. Estimates for the film were $410,000 on 26 screens in Singapore, $180,000 on 42 in Malaysia, and $175,000 on 68 in the Philippines, but actual numbers were obviously a little stronger. This start bodes very well for the film, which doesn't get its international run really going till mid-june.
  • Family Ties opened in just fourth place in South Korea but still managed 20th place on the overall charts with $768,000 on 177 screens over the weekend and $879,000 in total.
  • Das Leben Der Anderen grew by 43% in Germany and that helped in climb into the top 30 with $742,000 on 198 screens for a total of $8.52 million after roughly two months of release.
  • Quatre Etoiles held strong down just one place to 22nd with $707,000 on 332 screen in 2 markets and $5.42 million in total.
  • When a Stranger Calls didn't collapse during its second weekend in the U.K. like many were expecting as it dropped just 42% to $540,000 on 281 screens for a total of $1.91 million in that market. Overall the film brought in just $677,000 on 548 sceens in 14 markets for a total of $9.88 million.
  • Final Destination 3 had one of the worst week-to-week drop-offs in the top 30 down 61% to just $662,000 on 529 screens in 14 markets for an international total of $57.42 million.
  • Despite falling 38%, Detective Conan: Requiem Of The Detectives was able to remain in 25th place on the overall charts with $639,000 on 290 screens for a $25.89 million total, all of which has come from its native market of Japan.
  • Waiting... opened in fifth place in the U.K. with $573,000 on 238 screens. That helped place the film in 26th spot on the international charts while lifting its total to $1.48 million.
  • Una Pelicula De Huevos remained potent in Mexico adding $554,000 on 381 screens to its total of $11.52 million after a month of release.
  • The Constant Gardener slipped a spot to fifth place in Japan but was down a hefty 46% to $492,000 on 231 screens for a total of $2.60 million. Overall the film made $508,000 on 259 screens in three markets for a total of $48.89 million internationally. The film should crack $50 million, but will likely fall out of the top 30 before then.
  • The Benchwarmers got its international run start last weekend with a second place opening in Australia, but it still missed the top 30. This weekend it fell just 14% to $496,000 on 183 screens and that helped push it into 29th place while raising its international total to $1.24 million.
  • Rouding out the top 30 was V for Vendetta with a mere $464,000 on 797 screens in 41 markets for an international total of $59.62 million.
  • Slither opened in Australia and had one of its best openings but still struggled with $172,000 on 114 screens. In the meantime, the film fell 62% during its second weekend in Spain down to just $63,000 on 74 screens for a $259,000 total. Thje film has cult-hit written all over it, partially because it is a great movie, but mainly because it hasn't earned enough to be considered a real hit.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Over the Hedge, Mission: Impossible III, Scary Movie 4, Inside Man, Eight Below, V for Vendetta, Poseidon, The Benchwarmers, Final Destination 3, When a Stranger Calls, Silent Hill, The Wild, The Constant Gardener, Prime, Waiting..., Volver, Slither