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International Details - Garfield Grows Larger

August 20th, 2006

It turns out the studio estimates on Wednesday were not as accurate as one would hope, especially for Garfield's A Tail of Two Kitties. The film earned an additional $2 million finishing in second place with $10.09 million on 3823 screens in 31 markets for a total $46.65 million after 2 months of release. Since Wednesday, some other individual market numbers were also released, including a second place, $972,000 opening week box office earned on 88 screens in Austria. The film also earned second place in Holland with $396,000 on 86 screens over the weekend and $532,000 in total while it topped the Italian box office with $329,000 on 185 screens. So far the film has opened better than expected in most markets and had insanely strong legs given its reviews. But, it is a kids flick and should be judged on that basis.

  • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna also performed better than studio estimates indicated as the film placed fifth with $6.52 million on 684 screens in 19 markets during its first weekend of release on the international stage. The Indian film earned a sixth place finish in the U.K. with $1.42 million on 60 screens while it placed eighth in Australia with $180,000 on 11. On the downside, it is reportedly the most expensive Bollywood film ever made costing 700,000,000 Rupees, which is about $15 million American at today's exchange rate.
  • The Break-Up climbed into sixth place with $5.74 million on 1472 screens in 33 markets for an international total of $53.83 million. Almost all of the film's growth came from its second place, $2.57 million opening on 347 screens in Germany.
  • Monster House placed seventh an not fifth as initially reported as it earned $5.63 million on 1323 screens in 11 markets for a total of $10.47 million.
  • Gedo senki, a.k.a. Tales From Earthsea, slipped to second place in Japan down a mere 11% to $4.47 million on 435 screnens for a total of $32.76 million.
  • Cars is shedding theatres and markets at the moment, but still has a couple of major markets left to open in. Even so, it seems very unlikely that the film will match its domestic total internationally. This weekend it added $4.19 million on 2472 screens in 26 markets for a total of $137.26 million. More than half of the film's weekend total came from the U.K. where it climbed back into first place during its third week of release with $2.54 million on 501 screens for a total of $20.15 million. I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, all of this would have been considered great results, if it wasn't for the outstanding performance of Pixar's previous films.
  • No new openings cause Over the Hedge to take a tumble this weekend falling from fourth to tenth. Over the weekend the film made $3.99 million on 2605 screens in 27 markets for a total of $142.88 million internationally. On the other hand, the film is still going strong in Germany with $1.20 million on 716 screens for a six-week total of $19.48 million.
  • Superman Returns saw the worst week-to-week drop-off on the charts as it lost nearly half its box office falling from 3rd to 11th in the process. The film did have a couple of smaller openings including a first place, $258,000 opening on 75 screens in Portugal while it had to settle for a distant third in Slovakia with $16,000 on 8 screens. Overall it made $3.67 million on 3186 screens in 52 markets for a total of $156.08 million.
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift fell a few more spots to 12th with $3.30 million on 1477 screens in 34 markets for a total of $75.76 million. Its biggest market was Brazil where it opened with $785,000 on 174 screens.
  • The Lake House earned $3.19 million on 1422 screens in 33 markets for an international total of $36.16 million. Among its openings this weekend was Russia where it finished second with $484,000 on 120 screens over the weekend and $602,000 in total.
  • Nacho Libre finally made its first major push into the international market securing 14th place with $3.05 million on 693 screens in 6 markets for a $4.00 million total. The film's biggest market was the U.K. where it opened in fifth place with $1.89 million on 366 screens while the film earned top spot in Mexico with $1.11 million on 296 screens. However, the former market is probably the better indicator of the film's international potential given the film's ties with the latter.
  • Click opened in a handful of smaller markets including first place in Brazil, ($1 million), and Malaysia, ($330,000). This helped its weekend total grow 14% to $2.98 million on 720 screens in 17 markets for a total of $20.65 million. Its next major opening is Italy in a couple of weeks, but it won't make its major push till the fall.
  • The Ant Bully's opening in France was better than last week's opening in the U.K., but only marginally. There the film made $1.09 million on 410 screens landing in fourth place, but that was for the full week. On the other hand, while the film also earned fourth place in Mexico, its $731,000 on 406 was deeply disappointing given that markets affinity to family films. Add in holdovers and smaller markets and the film made $2.33 million on 1440 screens in 13 markets for a total of $4.53 million. There's a lot of reasons why this film is struggling, but the single most important is the reliance on big names rather than those who actually know how to do voice work.
  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend climbed one spot to 17th with $2.12 million on 749 screens in 7 markets for a total of $7.20 million internationally. The film opened in fifth place in Mexico with $697,000 on 277 screens while it added $922,000 on 291 screens during its second weekend in the U.K. for a total of $3.60 million.
  • Dasepo Naughty Girls opened in second place in South Korea with $1.87 million on 257 screens over the weekend and $2.40 million in total.
  • Sinking Of Japan remained in third place in Japan and was down a mere 1% thanks to the Obon holiday. Over the weekend the film added $1.86 million on 316 screens for a total of $32.69 million after a month of release.
  • Lump of Sugar opened in third place in South Korea with $1.70 million on 288 screens over the weekend and $2.09 million in total.
  • La Tourneuse De Pages, a.k.a., The Page Turner, opened in its native France with $1.69 million on 586 screens, which was good enough for second place there.
  • Mission: Impossible 3 continues to shed theatres and markets falling out of the top twenty this weekend with $1.57 million on 733 screens in 8 markets for a total of $256.09 million.
  • United 93 returned to the charts with $1.57 million on 528 screens in 11 markets for a total of $18.20 million internationally. This was mostly thanks to the film's seventh place, $980,000 opening on 175 screens in Japan while it also placed in the top ten in Denmark with $63,000 on 10 screens, including previews.
  • Volver had an excellent hold in Germany down just 14% to $856,000 on 114 screens for a two week total of $2.27 million. Overall it added $1.47 million on 397 screens in 10 markets to its international total of $43.81 million.
  • Hui Buh - Das Schlossgespenst, a.k.a., Hui Buh - The Castle Ghost had a typical post-holiday drop-off and with very tight competition it fell from 13th place to 25th. Overall the German film made $1.47 million on 789 screens in 3 markets for a total of $11.36 million.
  • The Sentinel also fell several spots landing in 26th with $1.29 million on 898 screens in 17 markets for a total of just $16.51 million so far. The film opened in Russia, ($158,000), Poland, ($108,000), and the Ukraine, ($43,000), but couldn't crack the top five in any of them.
  • The Obon Holiday helped Pokemon: Theater Volume 9 remain nearly flat as it grew by 3% in Japan. Overall it added $1.27 million on 370 screens in 2 markets to its $22.28 million international total.
  • You, Me & Dupree barely hung onto a spot in the top 30 with $1.24 million on 357 screens in 4 markets for an early international total of $5.97 million. The film opened in fourth place in Holland with $226,000 on 39 screens over the weekend and $259,000 in total.
  • Little Man reentered the charts, barely, with $1.24 million on 330 screens in 8 markets for a total of $5.29 million internationally. The film's largest market was France where it finished sixth with $863,000 on 178 screens, but that was for the full week. On the other hand, the film finished second in Belgium with $434,000 on 30 screens.
  • Lady in the Water started its international run in earnest this weekend but flopped badly landing in 30th place with $1.13 million on 423 screens in 8 markets for a total of $2.69 million. Almost all of the film's weekend haul came from the U.K. where it bombed in ninth place with a mere $859,000 on 287 screens.
  • Poseidon fell out of the top thirty, but the studio did release updated running tally of $119.4 million, including $690,000 for the weekend.
  • There were no weekend numbers released for The Da Vinci Code, but its international total has reached $532.73 million while its worldwide total is $749.25 million. As expected, it topped The Chronicles of Narnia on the Worldwide Chart, but since Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest leapfrogged it, it remains in 22nd place.

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