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International Box Office Busier than Weekend Before

April 17th, 2005

The Pacifier finally debut across Australia after playing in Queensland and Victoria for the past two weeks; the massive expansion allowed the film to climb to first place with $1.125 million on 267 screens. That lifted its total in the market to $3.41 million so far and the film should have strong legs. Add to that its $1.75 million opening in Spain and $590,000 in Belgium and the film managed $4.1 million over the weekend, which doubled its early total to $8.1 million.

  • Sahara opened day-and-date in a couple of international markets earning reasonable results. In the U.K. the film finished in first place with $2.57 million on 399 screens while in Australia the film finished second with $1.1 million on 194 screens. The film had a few midlevel opening this week and a couple major market openings next weekend, but it won't really add to its $3.6 million international box office till after the summer blockbusters are winding down.
  • Constantine fell out of the top five with $2.77 million on 1800 screens in 48 markets for an international tally of $122.9 million, or $197 million. The film should hit $200 million worldwide very shortly, and should show a profit with its initial push into the home market.
  • After a tough start in its native U.K., Valiant is showing strong legs remaining nearly flat in its third weekend of release at $1.7 million. If this market is indicative of the film's potential then it should earn $150 million worldwide. However, its collapse during its second weekend in France, dropping 44% to $999,529 on 648 screens suggests it's not. The film did add $2.7 million to its $14 million international total in just those two countries, which is no small feat, just not at the level the studio was hoping for.
  • Conan: The Movie Vol. 9 opened in first place in Japan with $2,622,736 on 303 screens. This was the first new film in top spot in four weeks and the first new film to finish in the top ten in two weeks.
  • Hide & Seek opened in Germany last weekend earning a respectable $1.28 million on 305 screens, good enough for third place. That was more than half the film's $2.3 million weekend box office and pushed the films international total to $55 million.
  • The German film Barfuss, climbed 15% to $2,140,841, finishing first for the week in Germany. So far the film has made $4,004,309 in two weeks.
  • Million Dollar Baby slipped to second place in France with $2,042,642 during its third weekend of release lifting its total in the market to $10,302,187 and $73 million internationally.
  • National Treasure is only playing in two markets, Japan and China, but managed $1.5 million over the weekend for $168 million on the internationally scene.
  • Pooh's Heffalump Movie also earned $1.5 million thanks to much better than expected holdovers in Germany, ($610,000 up 40%) and the U.K., ($250,000 even with last weekend.) The film's international total now sits at $20.5 million and given the film's small cost and home market potential, it is well on its way to showing a profit, which is good new for all those people eagerly awaiting The Eeyore Movie.
  • After 3 weeks atop the Italian box office, Manuale d'amore was finally knocked from its perch landing at second place with $1.45 million for the weekend and $15.2 million total.
  • Meet the Fockers is just coasting on holdovers, but it did add $1.1 million to its $230.7 million international box office.
  • Guess Who started its international run with a soft fourth place finish in Australia with $752,000 on 220 screens.
  • The Aviator is not showing the same level of legs most film have in Japan. This week it tumbled 44% to $681,620 on 289 screens. That did help the film grow to $6,414,654 in the market and $105 million internationally.
  • Assault on Precinct 13 opened poorly in several market including Brazil, ($190,000 on 111 screens) New Zealand, ($75,000 on 40 screens) Hong Kong, ($57,500 on 20) and Norway, ($24,000 on 6.) Additionally, the film saw its box office slashed in half both in Australia, ($200,000) and Mexico, ($100,000.) That $646,500 lifted its international total to just $9.4 million, more than a third of which came from the U.K.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre opened in Mexico last week and did rather well with $614,660 on 200 screens.
  • 21 weeks and counting, that's how long Howl's Moving Castle has remained in the top ten in its native Japan. This week the film added $353,608 to its total of $176,351,395. The film is also doing very well in Hong Kong finishing first for the third weekend in a row with $250,000 on 36 screens for a running tally of $2.65 million.
  • Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason's run in Japan hasn't gone particularly well as the week-to-week drop-offs have been quite high for the market. This week the film added $597,121 to its $9,384,539 total in the market.
  • Shark Tale's run is nearing the end as the film fell a jaw dropping 57% in Japan landing at $524,526 for the weekend and $16,407,822 during its six-week run. On the plus side, the film now has $177.5 million internationally and $340 million worldwide, which should easily be enough to show a profit.
  • After the Sunset managed $509,440 on 168 screens; with just Japan left as a major market and $22.9 million in the bank, the film will not match its domestic total of $28.3 million.
  • The Interpreter opened in Greece two weeks before its domestic debut and scored $500,000 on just 42 screens. This was most likely enough to finish tops in the market, but the exact placing in not available.
  • Spanglish opened in a couple of markets over the weekend, but failed to impress in either. In Germany the film barely made the top ten with $440,000 on 121 screens and in Norway it only manage 15th place with $22,000 on 12 screens, (including previews.)
  • Coach Carter opened in Germany but missed the top ten with just $415,000 on only 199 screens and $44,000 on 10 screens in Netherlands. This is not too surprising since Basketball isn't popular in the region.
  • Ray is just winding down its international run, but this week it was able to add $400,000 from 30 markets to its $44 million international total.
  • The Jacket held up well in Italy dropping just 15% to $347,173 for the weekend and $926,299 during its run.
  • Downfall remain nearly flat during its second weekend of release in the U.K. climbing 1% in Pound Sterling, but dropping slightly to $305,000 in American dollars. The film now has $890,000 in the market and $72.2 million worldwide.
  • The Assassination of Richard Nixon debuted in the U.K. and just missed the top ten with $295,000 on 66 screens and if the film has just average legs it will beat its domestic total in this one market alone.
  • Hotel Rwanda's debut in Germany wasn't particularly strong with a 14th place, $260,000 on just 75 screens. That per screen average would be below average for a wide release, so for semi-limited release it is a disappointment.
  • Last weekend The Aviator had the worst week-to-week drop-off in Japan at 22%, this week Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind had the best week-to-week drop-off at 29%. That did help the film climb to ninth place with $245,362 for a total of $2,910,588 in the market.
  • Man of the House failed to impress domestically and now it's doing even worse internationally. After opening in several smaller markets, the film made its major market debut in the U.K. flopping with just $239,145 on 130 screens, which was only strong enough for fourteenth place. Even worse news, that is the vast majority of the film's $335,000 running tally on the international marketplace.
  • Andrew Lloyd-Webber's The Phantom of the Opera just won't die, during its eleventh weekend in the top ten the film made $237,103 for $35,829,743 in the market and nearly $103 million internationally.
  • Son of the Mask's second weekend drop-off wasn't nearly as bad as expected as it fell 34% to $234,694, which is just a little about average for the market.
  • White Noise's South Korean debut was about as well as one could expect at seventh place with $231,462 on 75 screens, not a great but the best any Hollywood film could do.
  • Flight of the Phoenix is doing even worse internationally than it did domestically. This week the film failed to make the top ten in Japan with $230,000 on 109 screens.
  • Kinseydebuted last week in Mexico with $192 541 on 61 screens. This is a better than most international markets, but not as strong as it played domestically. In total the film has only made $2.5 million internationally compared to just over $10 million domestically.
  • Blade: Trinity lost more than half its opening box office in Norway, landing at $40,000 and eighth place. Add in the $150,000 it made in Spain and the film now have $70.8 million internationally with Japan and other Asian markets to go.
  • In Good Company had it first piece of good news on the international front as it finished second place in Taiwan with $100,000. This film is also do o.k., for a limited release, in Italy adding $85,000 to its $800,000 total there, but the film hasn�t come close to replicating its domestic run anywhere internationally.
  • Garden State lost 44% of its opening box office in Spain landing at $110,000 for the weekend and $365,000 for its two-week run. The film did amazing business in limited release domestically, but do far it has only managed $5 million internationally, $3.5 million of which came from the U.K. and Australia.
  • Cursed opened in Holland with just $100,000 on 40 screens; the film has now made only $2 million at the international box office and if this is indicative of the rest of the film's run, it will struggle just to match its meager domestic run.
  • Boogeyman dropped 38% in its second weekend in New Zealand with $64,000 for $190,000 in the market. Internationally the film has just $6.6 million, $4.1 million of that coming from the U.K.
  • Young Adam debuted in Australia with $22,200 on 7 screens.

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