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International Top Five - Eight is Enough for Pirates

August 30th, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest earned yet another record this weekend by topping the international charts for the eighth straight weekend surpassing the old record of seven set by Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. This weekend the swashbuckler took in $18.61 million on 6579 screens in 49 markets lifting its international total to $556.07 million and its worldwide haul to $963.61 million. Looking at the all-time charts, the film is now eighth place and should top Jurassic Park by this time next week while worldwide it is in fourth place all-time and should have no trouble tracking down Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone during the weekend. This weekend the film managed to set a record in Greece opening with $2.6 million while it took in $100,000 in Lebanon for the highest opening of the year in that market. Next week the film will likely fall out of top spot but should continue to perform well as it wraps up its International run in Italy on the 15th of September.

Miami Vice was nearly flat this weekend as it was up 2% to $11.84 million on 3038 screens in 38 markets for an international total of $51.88 million. Much of this can be attributed to the film's first place, $3.70 million opening on 437 screens in Germany while the film also opened in first place in neighboring Austria with $500,000 on 80. It also opened well in Brazil but had to settle for second place with $610,000 on 146 screens. By this time next week the film will have topped its domestic total internationally, but has little hope of climbing to the level reached by Michael Mann's previous film.

Cars shot back into the top five with a third place, $10.58 million weekend on 2981 screens in 29 markets for an international total of $159.34 million. That puts its worldwide total at $399.90 million at the end of the weekend meaning it will have crossed the $400 million market on Monday making it only the 81st film to do all-time and just the fifth this year. This week's openings includes a first place debut in Italy with $3.28 million debut on 637 screens over the weekend and $5.32 million in total while it also topped the market in China with $1.2 million on 135.

While Garfield's A Tail of Two Kitties did slip a spot to fourth, it did managed to cross $100 million on the worldwide box office with $9.81 million on 4213 screens in 40 markets for an international total of $78.49 million. The film's biggest market was Spain where it had to settle for a close second place with $2.06 million on 415 screens over the weekend and $3.07 million since Wednesday. This is almost exactly 25% lower than the original, but the film has shown better than expected legs in many markets and could top that film's final Spanish Box Office of $10.63 million. Speaking of legs, Garfield's A Tail of Two Kitties was able to remain in top spot in Russia with $977,000 on 349 screens for a total of $4.22 million after just two weeks and was down just 18% during its sixth week in the U.K. lifting its total in that market to $10.14 million, including $461,000 this weekend.

Rounding out the top five was Monster House, but so far this movie has not produced many results worth cheering about. In Russia the film did manage second place with a still disappointing $595,000 on 234 screens over the weekend and $700,000 in total. Meanwhile, it slumped in France finishing in sixth place with $1.4 million on 406 screens while in Germany in could only place eighth with $500,000 on 300 screens. Overall the film earned $5.67 million on 2493 screens in 25 markets for am international total of $29.03 million after a month of release.


Filed under: International Box Office, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Cars, Monster House, Miami Vice, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties