Chicken's Little Start on the International Scene is Lucrative
November 13th, 2005
Chicken Little started its international run with day-and-date debuts in 9 markets earning $5.54 million on 900 screens, just missing the top five in the process. Its best market was kid-friendly Mexico with $3.1 million on 600 screens, which is about on par with its opening domestically. On the other hand, the film broke records in Malaysia with $477,000 on 40 screens. Other results include a first place debuts in Russia with $1.1 million on 197 screens and in Taiwan with $463,000 on 18 screens, (including previews).
- The Brothers Grimm added $5.3 million to its international total of $40.7 million so far. More than half of that amount came from the film's first place debut in Japan where it grabbed $2.84 million on 250 screens. It also did well in the U.K. scoring a fourth place debut with $1.61 million on 371 screens. It was another story in Norway where the film missed the top ten with just $54,000 on 12 screens.
- It looks like Doom will do no better internationally than it did domestically as it made just $3.6 million on 1150 screens in 28 markets over the weekend for a running tally of $13.4 million. It's best market this weekend was Russia where the film made $810,000 for a $2.82 million, two-week total there. While the film opened in more than a dozen markets, its best was Singapore where it managed $250,000 on 25 screens and Hong Kong with $164,000 on 23 screens.
- The 40-Year Old Virgin opened in a few more markets including Belgium where it earned $460,000 on 41 screens for a fourth place finish. It only managed sixth in Spain with $875,000 on 222 screens, but that was less than $100,000 from second place. On the other hand, it barely made eighth in South Korea with just $240,000 on 90 screens, but nobody was expecting it to do well there. Overall the film now has $47 million with several more markets to go, including France next weekend.
- Nanny McPhee saw its box office fall by 46% this weekend, but that was still enough for the film to reach the top of the box office in the U.K.. It also pushed its total there to $22.31 million.
- Match Point had the second best week-to-week drop-off in the top ten in France this weekend, but it still fell 51% to $1.82 million on 352 screens for a $5.59 million, two-week total. Meanwhile in Spain the film opened in second place with $975,000 on just 149 screens for the best per screen average in the top ten.
- Saw II opened in fourth place in New Zealand with $82,000 on 23 screens, which is a mediocre start. It also had relatively steep declines in both the U.K. down 44% to $2.15 million and in Japan down 43% to $390,000.
- Oliver Twist opened in fourth place in Greece with $210,000, which is a little lower than I would have expected. It's best market in terms of raw dollars continues to be France with $1.1 million on 547 screens but it is also doing very strong business in Italy with $740,000 on 261 screens.
- Pride and Prejudice continues it strong international run adding $1.9 million on 841 screens in 8 markets to its $37.3 million international total so far. It's best market this weekend was Germany where the film made $838,000 on 302 screens for a $4.28 million running tally, but it also did well in Australia with $535,000 on 231 screens for a $3.59 million total in the market. Its best market overall is still the U.K. with $25.0 million, including $165,000 this weekend.
- Into the Blue opened in third place in Spain with $960,000 on 274 screens, but could only managed sixth place in Belgium with $232,000 on 32 screens. In the meantime, it held up reasonable well in Australia dropping 37% to $273,000 on 180 screens but fell out of the top ten in the U.K. with $293,000 on 197 screens. Internationally, the film now has $15.2 million and should top its domestic total next weekend, or shortly after.
- A History of Violence opened in third place in France with $1.71 million on 216 screens for the best per screen average in the top ten. That's one of the film's best openings during its international run, a run that has brought in $12.6 million so far.
- The Tiger and the Snow fell to third place in Italy with $1.32 million on 410 screens for $15.79 million in total, which is the highest running tally in the top ten.
- The Constant Gardener opened in fourth place in Spain with $915,000 on 192 screens, which is the largest opening in the film's $4 million international run so far. The film is also doing very well in Greece slipping by less than 10% there adding $300,000 to its $700,000 running tally there.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is starting to show weakness in Japan falling 43% to $665,000 on 276 screens for a $43.6 million total there. It is also still doing well in Italy with $314,000 on 127 screens and in Greece with $215,000 this weekend; the film has now earned $12.45 million and $2.42 million in those two markets respectively and $261 million overall.
- When I mentioned Wolf Creek's opening in Australia it turns out it was just the second round of previews. The actual opening was this weekend and the film performed much better with $895,000 over the weekend and $1.16 million in total making it the first R-Rated Australian film to top its home market.
- March of the Penguins was nearly flat during its fourth week of release in Germany dipping by just 5% to $668,000 during the weekend and $5.36 million during its run.
- The Interpreter fell from second to seventh during its second weekend in Italy, but it still added $625,000 on 199 screens to tis $4.66 million total in the market and its $88 million international box office.
- The Exorcism of Emily Rose remained in first place in Poland with $175,000 on 40 screens for a $465,000 total there. It also held up reasonably well during its second weekend in Australia falling 40% to $413,000 on 206 screens. On the other hand, it opened in eighth place in Taiwan with just $32,000 on 16 screens.
- In Her Shoes opened in fifth place in Finland with $90,000 on 20 screens, including previews. Meanwhile, the film climbed a spot to fourth in its fourth weekend in Australia with $470,000 on 261 screens.
- Garam Masala opened in eighth place in the U.K. with $511,000 on 37 screens for the best per screen average in the market.
- Broken Flowers opened in fifth place in the Czech Republic with $30,000 on 11 screens. Its best market of the weekend was the U.K. where it managed to add $450,000 on 135 screens to its $2.44 million running tally in the market and its $17.1 million international total so far.
- Madagascar remained in first place in Greece with $365,000 over the weekend and $1.0 million during its two weeks there.
- Hostage fell from fifth to tenth during its second weekend in Spain with $360,000 over the weekend and $1.48 million in total.
- Valiant was buoyed by holidays in Italy and saw its box office climb by more than 50% to $320,000 over the weekend and $860,000 during its run.
- Sky High was just able to hang onto a spot in the top ten in the U.K. with $317,000 over the weekend and $3.45 million overall.
- The Amityville Horror opened in third place in Turkey with $300,000 on 63 screens.
- Company 9 slipped another spot to fifth in Russia with $290,000 over the weekend and $23.26 million during its run.
- Stay started its international run with a couple of disappointing debuts in both Australia, ($147,000 on 120 screens) and South Korea, ($136,000 on 61 screens).
- Lord of War opened in third place in the Netherlands with $160,000 on 35 screens while in Poland it opened in opened in fifth place with $110,000 also on 35 screens.
- Red Eye plummeted more than 70% during its second week in France to just $270,000, and that was for the whole week. Even so, the film has made $34.3 million internationally and is climbing towards $100 million worldwide.
- The Pacifier had the second worst week-to-week drop-off in the top ten in Japan falling 52% to $265,000 on 244 screens for a two-week total of just $1.38 million.
- Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang opened in eighth place in New Zealand with $42,000 on 15 screens while it earned $56,000 on 64 screens during previews in Australia. Meanwhile, the film managed $157,000 on 182 screens during its third weekend in Germany for a total of $1.1 million in that market.
- The World's Fastest Indian remains locked in first place in New Zealand earning $250,000 during its fourth week of release for a $1.86 million total there.
- An Unfinished Life lost more than half its box office in Spain falling out of the top ten in the meantime; even so, it managed to earn another $225,000 on 177 screens for a $3.14 million total there.
- Monster-In-Law fell out of the top ten in Italy but still added $225,000 to its $4.97 million total there and $70.7 million total internationally.
- There lull between openings continues for Serenity, but the film still managed $100,000 in Spain over the week, $50,000 in the U.K. and $40,000 in Australia. It has earned $10.4 million internationally with many major markets left to go, but it will have to rely on strong home sales numbers to break even.
- Cinderella Man lost more than half its weekly haul in Australia landing in 10th place with $110,000 while it slipped to seventh in Greece with $80,000. The film has earned $4.2 million and $570,000 in those two markets as well as $42.3 million overall.
- Goal! hung on better than expected in Hong Kong falling to eighth place with $83,000 on 23 screens while it count only managed seventh place in Norway with $90,000 on 21 screens, including previews.
- Mindhunters opened in seventh place in Turkey with $164,000 on 50 screens, which is a better than average result compared to the rest of the film's $16 million international run.
- Holodays helped Herbie: Fully Loaded climb to $160,000 in Turkey but it still fell two spots to 8th.
- The Beat My Heart Skipped opened in semi-limited release in the U.K. scoring a 16th place debut with $150,000 on 25 screens.
- Torrente 3: El Protector fell from 8th to 19th in Spain adding $150,000 to its total of $21.26 million.
- The Transporter 2 opedn in second place in New Zealand with $124,000 on 40 screens.
- Kinky Boots' run in its native U.K. is almost over, but it still managed to add $120,000 to its total of $4.85 million so far.
- The Canadian film, Saint Ralph, opened in France but struggled with just $100,000 on 146 screens.
- Four Brothers slipped a spot to sixth in the Netherlands adding $100,000 to its $920,000 total in the market and $14.3 million international box office.
- Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story collapsed by 60% during its third weekend in the U.K. adding just $90,000 to its total of $1.12 million in the market.
- The Germany Star Trek spoof, (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1, opened in tenth place in Russia with $74,000 including Thursday.
- Prime opened in fifth place in Taiwan with $66,000 on 11 screens including previews.
Filed under: International Box Office
, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, Chicken Little
, The Pacifier
, The 40 Year-old Virgin
, Saw II
, La marche de l'empereur
, The Exorcism of Emily Rose
, Four Brothers
, The Interpreter
, Herbie: Fully Loaded
, The Amityville Horror
, Sky High
, Cinderella Man
, Red Eye
, Nanny McPhee
, The Transporter 2
, Pride & Prejudice
, The Brothers Grimm
, The Constant Gardener
, In Her Shoes
, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
, A History of Violence
, Lord of War
, Match Point
, Into the Blue
, Wolf Creek
, Broken Flowers
, An Unfinished Life
, The World's Fastest Indian
, Goal! The Dream Begins
, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
, Oliver Twist
, De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté
, Saint Ralph