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International Details - Death has a Noteworthy Start

November 12th, 2006

Desu Noto 2, a.k.a., Death Note 2: The Last Name opened in two market last weekend taking in a total of $7.29 million on 393 screens including finishing first in Japan with $6.50 million on 342 screen over the weekend and $10.33 million in total. In the mean time, the film opened in second place in South Korea with a respectable total of $1.37 million, which includes more than just the weekend, obviously.

  • The Departed opened in a couple smaller markets, but that wasn't enough to keep it in the top five as it dipped 14% to $7.03 million on 1706 screens in 24 markets for a total of $49.64 million after a month on the international scene. The film's best opening came in Norway where it scored $279,000 on 35 screens over the weekend and $308,000 in total. However, the film's best weekend came from Italy where it climbed to first place with $1.98 million on 422 screen over the weekend and $6.17 million in total.
  • 7 Zwerge - Der Wald Ist Nicht Genug remained in first place in Germany with $4.84 million on 799 screens over the weekend and $14.93 million in total. That was the majority of the film's $6.10 million weekend on 964 screens for a two-week total of $18.64 million.
  • Ne Le Dis A Personne, a.k.a. Tell No One, opened in second place in France earning $5.79 million on 434 screens and $6.03 million on 462 screens in three markets in total.
  • Scoop shot up from 30th place to 10th with $3.79 million on 577 screens in 7 markets for a total of $11.96 million. Openings include a fifth place, $2.35 million opening on 286 screens in France. On the other hand, the film managed just 10th place in Russia with $133,000 on 10 screens and just 15th in Belgium with $114,000 on 17, however, it is important to note that the film still earned strong per screen averages in both markets.
  • The Prestige made its first serious push into in the international scene scoring a second place, $933,000 opening on 250 screens in Mexico, including previews, while it made $1.2 million on 127 screen in South Korea, which was only good enough for seventh.
  • Flags Of Our Fathers doubled its market count to 8 this week as it added $3.06 million on 1171 screens over the weekend for a total of $9.18 million. the film opened in third place in both Australia and New Zealand pulling in $553,000 on 214 screens and $68,000 on 43 respectively. However, despite this expansion, most of its weekend haul came from holdovers, holdovers including $1.20 million on 382 screens in Japan for a three-week total of $4.99 million.
  • Barnyard: The Original Party Animals relied on holdovers has it fell just 29% to $3.04 million on 1910 screens in 17 markets for an international total of $21.85 million. The film remained in first place in Mexico thanks to a tiny 14% drop-off as it added $795,000 on 316 screens to its running tally of $2.31 million. Meanwhile in Spain the film grew by 1% to $655,000 on 238 screens for a two-week total of $1.74 million.
  • Flushed Away started its international run with openings Russia and three south eastern Asian markets. Its biggest and best was in Russia where it scored first place with $2.43 million on 385 screens. However, it struggled in all three of its other markets including Singapore, ($175,000 on 26 screens); Taiwan, ($130,000 on 69); and Malaysia, ($107,000 on 30).
  • Step Up opened strong in Belgium with $528,000 on 41 screens, including previews while its biggest market was the U.K. where it made $1.32 million on 310 screens for a two-week total of $4.72 million. Overall the film made $2.77 million on 979 screens in 15 markets for a total of $24.57 million.
  • Azur et Azmar saw growth this week as the French film earned $2.63 million on 589 screens in 3 markets for a total of $6.10 million.
  • On the one hand, The Guardian fell just 29% this week. On the other hand, that still left it down nearly 10 spots to 17th. The film's biggest opening was South Korea where it managed $498,000 on 95 screens, but that was only good enough for ninth place. Overall it earned $2.60 million on 1842 screens in 25 markets for a total of $20.23 million.
  • Pan's Labyrinth had its first major test this weekend as it opened in France, its first major non-Spanish language market, and it did well earning sixth place with $1.25 million on just 202 screens. That was just over half of the film's $2.45 million weekend haul, which was earned on 702 screens in 4 markets, and lifted its running tally to $11.55 million.
  • Over The Hedge held strong in Italy down just 12% to $1.83 million on 450 screens for a two-week total of $5.94 million. This was the vast majority of the film's weekend haul of $2.35 million on 892 screens in 16 markets and lifted its total to $176.81 million.
  • World Trade Center is shedding screens and markets falling ten places to 20th with $2.27 million on 1479 screens in 42 markets for a total of $81.87 million.
  • The Grudge 2 opened in a few smaller markets but still fell a few spaces down the charts to $1.90 million on 1029 screens in 21 markets for a total of $13.35 million. Its biggest opening came in Mexico where it managed third with $547,000 on 223 screens over the weekend and $721,000 in total. Meanwhile the film earned second place in both Norway, ($225,000 on 35 screens), and Finland, ($72,000 on 20).
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is coasting on holdovers for a bit and that explains why it just fell out of the top 20 with $1.79 million on 1112 screens in 10 markets for a total of $77.97 million. As usual, its best market continues to be Germany where it added $897,000 on 634 screens to its running tally of $47.70 million.
  • The Indian film, Don, fell from 11th to 23rd with $1.74 million on 574 screens in 15 markets for a total of $10.87 million.
  • The soccer documentary, Deutschland. Ein Sommermarchen, continues to perform well in Germany adding $1.65 million on 710 screens over the weekend for a total of $28.19 million after a month of release.
  • Kisarazu Cats Eye: World Series fell 36% in Japan, which is a huge sophomore stint drop-off for that market. However, it still earned $1.62 million on 242 screens for a two-week total of $6.90 million.
  • Death Note opened in second place in South Korea with $1.61 million on 205 screens over the weekend and $1.82 million in total for an international total of $26.73 million. This means there were two installments of this franchise placing in the Top 30 on the charts.
  • A Good Year climbed onto the charts this week with $1.49 million on 494 screens in 2 markets for a total of $2.69 million. Good news, the film opened in second place in Spain with $1.26 million on 299 screens. Bad news, it plummeted 67% during its second weekend in the U.K. earning just $233,000 on 195 screens for a two week total of $1.43 million.
  • The Children of Men fell 45% to $1.47 million on 680 screens in 13 markets for a total of $17.81 million internationally.
  • No new openings didn't hurt Little Miss Sunshine as it dipped just 17% to $1.46 million on 550 screens in 14 markets for a total of $19.81 million. Indicative of the film's performance was its run in Australia where it was down a miniscule 6% to $464,000 on 134 screens for a total of $3.15 million after four weeks.
  • Babel made its first appearance on the international charts with $1.44 million on 362 screens in 5 markets for a total of $3.51 million. Its most noteworthy debut was in Holland where it made $191,000 on 35 screens over the weekend and $233,000 in total.
  • Hearty Paws held up better than most films in South Korea dropping 32% to $1.41 million on 258 screens for a two-week total of $4.57 million.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Over the Hedge, The Departed, Barnyard: The Original Party Animals, World Trade Center, Step Up, Flushed Away, Little Miss Sunshine, The Guardian, The Prestige, The Grudge 2, El Laberinto del Fauno, Children of Men, Babel, Flags of Our Fathers, Scoop, A Good Year, Don, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer