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International Top Five - Pirates Close in on Pirates' Record

August 16th, 2006

It's six wins in a row for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest putting them just one win behind the record for most consecutive weeks in a row atop the international box office charts. The current holder of that record is none other than Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. This week the unstoppable movie juggernaut brought in $43.8 million on 8146 screens in 45 markets for an international total of $463.7 million. That's enough for the film to over take The Lion King for 15th place on the international charts while its $857.37 million worldwide is 12th all-time. Highlights for the weekend include a possible record breaking opening in Spain. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opened with 8.60 million Euros, including previews, which is just behind The Da Vinci Code's opening of 8.78 million, and the latter film had no previews. However, that film made $11.1 million after currency conversion compared to Pirates' $11.5 million. Quite frankly, both can lay claim to the record, but neither can say they are undisputed champions. With few markets left to open in, the film has definitely peaked, but that won't stop it from climbing the all-time charts for the weeks to come, perhaps even setting a few more records along the way.

Gwoemul, a.k.a. The Host, remained in first place in South Korea for the third week in a row with $9.5 million lifting its total to $55.3 million. Local films tend to dominate the market, but this is above and beyond almost anything else.

Garfield's A Tail of Two Kitties expanded into another dozen markets helping lift it into the top five with $8 million on 3002 screens in 33 markets for a total of $44.5 million so far. Its biggest opening was in Germany where it earned third place with $1.48 million on 611 screens over the weekend and $3.03 million including previews; this is comparable to the $2.50 million on 600 screens the original earned there back in 2004. The film also opened in China earning $1.8 million on 1000 screens, which is an insanely high screen count equivalent to a 5000 theatre count here.

Miami Vice climbed into fourth place with $7.5 million on 1700 screens in 20 markets for an early total of $20 million. Its biggest opening came in Australia where it opened in first place with $1.90 million on 302 screens while it also topped the market in New Zealand with $241,000 on 45. On the other hand, the film had the worst week-to-week drop in the top ten in the U.K. falling from first to third with $2.25 million on 412 screens over the weekend for a total of $8.99 million there.

Monster House shot into fifth place thanks mostly to a second place, $2.5 million opening on 200 screens in South Korea while it had to settle for fourth in the U.K. with $1.94 million on 423 screens. Add in the $1.05 million on 478 screens during its second weekend in Mexico and the film made $6 million on 1330 screens in 11 markets for an early international total of $10.4 million.


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Filed under: International Box Office