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The Largest Yard

June 12th, 2005

The Longest Yard opened in second place in Australia with $2.5 million. On the other hand, the film could only manage $750,000 on 260 screens in Mexico, not surprising since Adam Sandler has never been a big draw internationally, especially outside English speaking markets.

  • Sahara had a reasonable openings in both Germany, ($1.25 million on 511 screens) and France, ($1,092,969 on 431 screens.) On the other hand, the film flopped in Argentine with just $70,000 on 44 screens, barely enough for sixth place. The film still hasn't topped $100 million worldwide with just $31.1 million internationally; I have to say, I was expecting bigger things for this film on the international scene.
  • Negotiator: Bayside Shakedown 3 continues its five-week reign atop the Japanese box office charts with $2,109,801 for the weekend and $28,061,554 total.
  • Monster-In-Law was down just 12% in the U.K. adding $993,000 to is $9.93 million total there, while the film was up 16% in Germany for a $1.17 million weekend and a $2.56 million total.
  • The Interpreter opened in Bulgaria with $20,500 on 6 screens. Its best market was Japan, despite the 56% drop-off to $232,017. Overall the film an estimated $2 million for a $68.6 million international total, the best single market being the U.K. with $12.9 million
  • Kung Fu Hustle did amazing in Asia, but it hasn't been able to replicate that success elsewhere. This weekend it opened in Germany with $722,095 for the week on 169 screens, and $540,000 on 200 screens in Spain, good enough for third place. In Italy the film fell 39% during its second weekend there landing at $192,627 for a two week total of $696,819.
  • The Pacifier added $1.515 million during its second weekend in the U.K., up 14% from last weekend for a $5.1 million total in the market.
  • The Forgotten finally finished off its foray in the foreign field. In Japan the film managed second place with $1,339,280 on 253 screens.
  • Million Dollar Baby has the best week-to-week drop-off in the top ten in Japan adding $1,211,862 to its $4,935,934 running total. On the other hand, the film dropped out of the top ten in France, but not before bringing in $22 million there.
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy opened in a couple midlevel markets in Asian doing well in both Hong Kong, ($220,000 on 27 screens) and Singapore, ($230,000.) It also did reasonably well in the Czech republic with $51,000 in 15 screens. On the other hand, the film struggled in Brazil with just $225,000. With holdovers it made $1.2 million for the weekend and $29 million internationally.
  • Hostage managed just fourth place with $941,805 on 241 screens in Japan. On the other hand, the film opened reasonably well in Norway with $100,000 on 15 screens and during its second weekend in Holland it grew to $140,000 for a $375,000 running tally.
  • Unleashed did better in Spain than in most other markets with a second place, $875,000 opening on 250 screens. In German the film added $150,000 to is $2.6 million total there.
  • The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, which is based on an exceedingly British TV series, opened in fourth place with $1.0 million on 282 screens. That's not a bad start, however, the because the film will have nearly zero appeal outside of the U.K., it will have difficulty earning back its $7.5 million production budget.
  • Hitch finally opened in Japan, its final international market, but only managed $819,084 on 211 screens. The film now has $183.7 million, and should have a few million more before it is done.
  • A Lot Like Love struggled in Australia earning $335,000 on 139 screens. In Holland the film did much better with $210,00 on just 45 screens. This wasn't an expensive film to make, but it will still have a difficult time earning a profit as it still just has $5.4 million internationally.
  • Millions may have started slow in the U.K. but held on really, really well slipping just 4% to $512,000 for the weekend and $1.9 million during its run.
  • Ladder 49 saw it's box office sliced in half in Japan to just $382,144 for the weekend. The film still needs over $1 million to hit $100 million worldwide, which is surprising since it earned almost $75 million domestically.
  • The Wedding Date fell 45% to $280,000 during its second weekend in Australia.
  • Coach Carter had the worst week-to-week drop-off in the top Twenty in Australia plummeting 57% to $256,000. The film fared much better in New Zealand well it dipped just 30% to $80,000.
  • It's All Gone Pete Tong hung onto the final place in the top ten in the U.K. with $240,000. It's $1.2 million total in the market isn't bad for a film that cost just $2 million to make.
  • The Upside of Anger had the second best week-to-week performance in the top twenty in Australia landing at $230,000 for the weekend and $2.3 million during its four week run.
  • Closer is still holding on to the top ten in Japan bringing in another $196,804 this weekend for a $2,704,977 total in the market and $80.0 million internationally.
  • White Noise fell 34% during its second weekend in Italy to just $192,364 for a $692,080 running tally.
  • The Amityville Horror had amazingly short legs in Russia finishing its run in the top ten with just $23,000 this weekend and $700,000 over its three week run. Hopefully it will perform better in New Zealand; it got off to a middling start with $163,000 on 45 screens, good enough for a very, very distance second place finsih.
  • Shall We Dance? is tenaciously hanging on to the top ten in France adding $179,784 this weekend for a $4,245,772 total pushing its international total to $108.5 million.
  • Garden State saw its fortunes grow in Germany by 45% to $161,400 for the weekend and $362,966 during its run.
  • Bride and Prejudice held up extremely well in New Zealand as its 19% drop-off was the best in the top ten there. That allowed the film to earn $155,000 over the weekend pushing its total in the top market to $408,000.
  • Downfall opened in Argentina scoring a third place finish with $140,000 on 24 screens. The film also opened in New Zeland with $40,000 on 9 screens.
  • It was a milestone weekend for Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous as it earned $120,628 in Japan for the weekend for a $1,645,199 in the market. More importantly, the film hit $100 million worldwide now sitting at $100.5 million, and while that's a huge drop from the original it's enough to save someone's job.
  • A Love Song for Bobby Long opened in Germany in limited release but managed a surprising $100,000 on just 17 screens. This is quite surprising since John Travolta is not popular in that market, so I'm going to credit Scarlett Johansson for the film's success.
  • Melinda and Melinda help up well in Argentina dropping just over 23% to $66,000 on 13 screens.
  • The Machinist opened in semi-limited release in Australia with just $60,000 on 35 screens.
  • I ♥ Huckabees just grabbed tenth place in Italy with $46,275 on 30 screens. This was a market I figured the film would do well, so this result is disappointing.
  • Steamboy flopped in Italy with just $30,000 on 70 screens. There was a lot of expectation for this film since it was Katsuhiro �tomo's latest film since Akira. Unfortunately it didn't live up to these expectations.
  • Saved! flopped in Italy as well with just $21,500 on 38 screens. I guess there's a real potential to offend with this movie, especially for fundamental Christians, although I really don't think that was the intent of the filmmakers.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Hitch, The Longest Yard, The Pacifier, Million Dollar Baby, Monster-in-Law, Ladder 49, The Interpreter, Sahara, Coach Carter, The Forgotten, The Amityville Horror, Shall We Dance?, White Noise, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Hostage, Closer, The Wedding Date, Garden State, Danny the Dog, A Lot Like Love, The Upside of Anger, Kung Fu Hustle, I Heart Huckabees, Saved!, Bride & Prejudice, Millions, Downfall, Melinda and Melinda, The Machinist, Steamboy, A Love Song for Bobby Long, It's All Gone Pete Tong