November 20th, 2005
The Corpse Bride missed the top five by the narrowest of narrow margins losing out to Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit $5.50 million to $5.45 million. The film earned its $5.45 million on 2586 screens in 28 markets pushing its total to $53.4 million total at the international box office. In South Korea the film fell 43% to $753,000 on 114 screens, which is better than average for the market. And the film is also doing well in Italy adding $764,000 on 268 screens to its $2.67 million running tally there, $700,000 in France for a $8 million box office, and $462,000 in Japan for a $7.0 million box office.
As for the rest of the international scene, it continues to be light due to the impending release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in fact, we have the first international results on this week's list. (I bolded the name so it would stand out more.)
- Elizabethtown added another 8 markets to its repertoire this week but its box office still dropped to $5.2 million from 2321 screens in 24 markets. It's best opening of the week was in Japan where the film finished in fourth place with $839,000 on 293 screens, which is a better than expected result given the nature of the film. It also opened in Belgium but could only score a sixth place finish with $180,083 on 30 screens Holdovers include a 52% drop-off in the U.K. for a $557,000 weekend and a $2.40 million total and a 49% drop-off in Australia with $395,000 over the weekend and $1.44 million in total.Results were marginally better in both Italy, down 42% to $577,000, and in Germany, down 44% to $547,000 for totals of $1.88 million and $1.80 million respectively.
- The Brothers Grimm earned $4.39 million on 1601 screens in 20 markets for a international total of $49.67 million so far. It's best market of the weekend was Italy where it secured a second place debut with $1.12 million on 246 screens, while in its second weekend in Japan the film tumbled 62% to $1.08 million on 250 screens, which is a very unusually high drop-off. It held up much better in the U.K. dropping by a mere 35% to $1.04 million over the weekend and $3.36 million in total.
- The Exorcism of Emily Rose saw a massive expansion this weekend pushing its weekend haul to $4.36 million on just 936 screens in 20 markets for a running total of $12.79 million. The film opened in second place in Mexico with $2.1 million on 345 screens, not surprising given the large Catholic population in that market. In fact, the film's performance has been very closely tied with the number of Catholics in the market and markets so it's no surprise that the film flopped in both Israel with $35,000 on 12 screens and Norway with $67,000 on 20 screens. Greece is a bit of an exception since the film finished first there was $420,000 on 30 screens, $480,000 including previews.
- The French film, Les Chevaliers Du Ciel, (a.k.a. Sky Fighters), opened in three markets over the weekend earning a total of $4.24 million on 557 screens. Its best market was its home market of France where it debuted in first place with $4.06 million on 535 screens while it struggled in both Belgium where it missed the top ten with $103,000 on 14 screens and Switzerland with $40,000 on 8 screens.
- Another French film, Joyeux Noel, (Merry Christmas), opened in second place in France with $3.73 million on 505 screens while it under-performed in Switzerland with $34,000 on 11 screens.
- The 40-Year Old Virgin opened in sixth place in France with $1.33 million on 299 screens, which was the largest single chunk of the film's $3.55 million international weekend on 1532 screens in 35 markets. It's hard to get too excited about that result, but the film has already outperformed expectations having earned $51.5 million internationally and it has been showing a profit for a long time now. Other interesting results include a first place debuts in both Sweden with $147,000 on 30 screens and in Romania with $32,000 on 3 screens. Holdovers are highlighted by a very shallow drop-off in Spain where the film declined 26% to $544,000 over the weekend and $1.70 million during its run. It was even better in Belgium, (down 14% to $330,000) and in Poland, (down 10% to $123,000).
- The Constant Gardener saw a sizeable expansion this weekend as it added $3.06 million to its early international total of $8.93 million. More than half of the weekend figure came from the U.K. where the film opened in fourth place with $1.75 million on 301 screens, but the film also did very well in Argentina where it opened in second place with $73,000 on 32 screens. Meanwhile, in Spain the film dipped by a mere 19% to $735,000 for the weekend and $2 million in total there.
- Match Point added another market this weekend opening in seventh place in Belgium with $205,000 on 21 screens, (including previews). But its best market continues to be France where the film dipped just 20% to $1.56 million on 351 screens for a $6.92 million there. It was also very impressive during its second weekend in Spain down a microscopic 2% to $940,000 over the weekend and $2.31 million in total. Add in the $60,000 the film earned during its third weekend in Switzerland and you have $2.73 million on 533 screens in 4 markets for a very early international total of $10.35 million.
- Thanks to a $420,000, second place opening in Turkey, Saw II was nearly flat this weekend earning another $2.61 million on 681 screens in 7 markets for an international total of $15.86 million. Its best market of the weekend was the U.K. where the film fell 38% to $1.32 million on 334 screens for a running tally of $11.0 million there.
- A History of Violence added a few more markets this weekend and grew to $2.41 million on 859 screens in 20 markets for a $16.16 million total so far. The film opened in second place in Denmark with $260,000 over the weekend and $310,000 including previews while it wasn't as lucrative in Holland with just $73,000 over the weekend and $103,000 overall. It is still very profitable in France with $1.25 million on 240 screens over the weekend and $3.25 million during its two-week run.
- Nanny McPhee has been unstoppable in its native U.K. as it added another $2.29 million to its very impressive $25.5 million total in the market. However, the film is unlikely to do that well domestically.
- The South Korean film, Mr. Socrates, opened in first place in its native market with $1.97 million on 257 screens over the weekend and $2.31 million in total
- Always - Sunset On Third Street remained in first place in its native Japan adding $1.85 million on 270 screens to its $5.69 million total there.
- Doom added a handful of new markets this weekend, but it still lost more than half of its international haul landing at $1.68 million on 1224 screens in 35 markets for a $15.8 million total so far. Its most notable opening happened in Hong Kong where the film finished in fourth place with $220,000 on 23 screens, but that's just an average opening there. On the other hand, holdovers ranged from bad, (down 47% in Germany to $344,000 and down 48% in New Zealand to $34,000) to worse, (down 54% in Australia to $220,000 and down 58% in the Netherlands to $38,000) to Aaaaaahhhhhh!, (down 81% in Russia to just $155,000).
- Oliver Twist is coasting on holdovers at the moment, but that didn't stop it from adding $1.59 million to its $21.38 million total after debuts in 10 markets. Its best market this weekend was France with $879,000 on 458 screens for a four-week total of $8.62 million. On the other hand, the film fell out of the top ten in both Italy with $290,000 on 163 screens and in Belgium with $60,000 on 39 screens.
- Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang opened in seventh place in the U.K. with $799,000 on 157 screens, while in Australia it did even better with $339,000 on 65 screens, (395,000 including previews). Add in $42,000 on 15 screens during its second weekend in New Zealand and other smaller figures and you get $1.41 million on 483 screens in 10 markets for a $5.9 million total so far.
- Into the Blue opened in a few smaller markets but saw its international haul plummet to $1.39 million on 976 screens in 13 markets for a $17.34 million total. It did open in second place in Iceland with $30,000 on 3 screens, but the rest of its run has not been as kind. The film had the worst week-to-week drop-off in the top ten in Spain falling 37% to $603,000 on 275 screens while it plummeted 64% in Australia to $99,000 on 128 screens.
- The Indian film, Garam Masala, continues its international run adding $1.32 million on 354 screens in 14 markets. During its second weekend in the U.K. it fell 64% to $156,000 on 149 screens for a $825,000 in the market and $4.27 million overall.
- Without any openings, Pride and Prejudice slid down the charts this week, but at least it still managed to at $1.27 million on 783 screens in 8 markets for a total of $39.99 million so far. The film remained in fifth place in Germany with $585,000 on 303 screens while it dropped a spot in Australia landing in fourth place with $359,000 on 227 screens.
- The South Korean film, The Beast And The Beauty, fell from first to third in but still added $1.26 million from 199 screens to its $6.88 million run so far.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is just wrapping up its international run, but it still added $1.09 million to its international total of $262.84 million. In Japan the film is still in the top ten with $367,000 on 218 screens for a total of $44.45 million in that market alone. It is also in the top ten in Greece where in mate $131,000 for $2.59 million there.
- Four Brothers opened in sixth place in Germany with $550,000 on 124 screens, which gives it the best per screen average in the top ten. On the other hand, the film struggled in Australia with just $286,000 on 145 screens; usually those results would be flipped for an English-Language film, but Germany is a very kind market for films aimed at an Urban market. Add in some smaller numbers from holdovers and the from made $1.06 million on 553 screens in 23 markets for an international total of $14.98 million so far.
- The Italian film, La Seconda Notte Di Nozze, (which may mean The Second Night of the Nostril, but probably not), opened in third place in its native market with $957,000 on 216 screens.
- The Interpreter grew by 10% during its third weekend in Italy adding $683,000 on 218 screens for a $5.27 million total in the market.
- Wolf Creek held up very well during its second weekend of release in Australia as it was down just 29% to $637,000 on 151 screens for a $2.23 million total there.
- The Tiger and the Snow took a big hit during the weekend in Italy plummeting 60% to $521,000 on 218 screens. That was still enough to push its total in the market to $16,51 million after five weeks there.
- March of the Penguins added another $452,000 on 398 screens and now has $5.97 million in five weeks in the market.
- Crash opened in Italy but could do no better than ninth with $441,000 on 140 screens, which is a very disappointing result since the market is usually very kind to Oscar contending films.
- Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind finally made it to South Korea earning a ninth place finish with $331,000 on 66 screens over the weekend and $381,000 including Thursday. That's about as strong as one would expect the film to perform in the market.
- Lord of War opened in semi-limited release in Sweden with $33,000 on just 5 screens but was stronger in Norway with $70,000 on 11 screens. It also held up well in Holland dropping 29% to $112,000 on 35 screens for a $330,000 total in the market. Meanwhile in Poland, it dipped just 17% to $92,000 for the weekend and $245,000 during its run.
- The British film, The Descent, opened in Germany but missed the top ten with $304,000; however, the film was only played on 39 screens and it had the best per screen average in the top twenty.
- Madagascar fell to third place in Greece but still added $265,000 over the weekend to its $1.37 million total there and $328 million in total.
- The World's Fastest Indian is cemented in first place in New Zealand as is grew by 4% this weekend adding $263,000 from 68 screens to its $2.26 million box office in its home market. That would be equivalent to nearly $200 million stateside given the relative sizes of the marketplace.
- Broken Flowers fell out of the ten in the U.K. but still added $232,000 on 144 screens for a $2.95 million total in the market and $19.27 million internationally.
- Sky High fell out of the top ten in the U.K. but still added $220,000 on 258 to its $3.7 million total in the market and $17.1 million internationally.
- The Transporter 2 opened in second place in Romania with $21,000 on 7 screens while it opened in fifth place in Poland with $102,000 on 40 screens. In New Zealand the film dropped from second to fourth with $91,000 on 40 screens for a two-week total of $253,000 there and $33.5 million international total.
- Must Love Dogs opened in Russia earning $192,000 on 97 screens over the weekend and $217,000 including Thursday.
- Hostage fell 50% during its third weekend in Spain falling out of the top ten in the process; it still added $178,000 on 144 screens to its $1.76 million total in the market.
- Kinky Boots grew by 36% this weekend in its native U.K. adding $160,000 to its impressive $5.08 million run there.
- The Devil's Rejects opened in Spain but could do no better than $157,000 on 130 screens. Normally this market is very kind to horror films, but perhaps this movie was more sadistic than it was scary.
- Valiant's run is nearly over as it fell out of the top ten in Italy landing in 13th place with $150,000 for a total of $1.05 million in the market and $36.21 million internationally.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire finsihed first in Finland with $110,000 on 51 screens, which may not seem like a lot until you realize that was juat the previews.
- Serenity opened in New Zealand earning a third place, $105,000 debut on 38 screens, That's about average for the film's $10.9 million international run.
- Hustle & Flow opened in 16th place in the U.K. with $104,000 on 41 screens, which isn't that bad of a result considering the cultural gap.
- The Beat My Heart Skipped fell 33% during its second weekend in the U.K. earning $100,000 over the weekend and $364,000 during its run there.
- Company 9 barely hung onto the tenth spot in Russia as it lost 66% falling to $99,000 for the weekend and $23.47 million overall.
- The Amityville Horror had the worst week-to-week drop-off in the top ten in Turkey plummeting 73% to $82,000 on 63 screens for a $457,000 total in the market and $41.2 million in total.
- The Cave opened in fifth place in Argentina with $61,000 on 30 screens. So far the film has made less than $10 million internationally and $25 million worldwide.
- Everything Is Illuminated opened in semi-limited release in Italy but struggled with $55,000 on 20 screens.
- Mindhunters earned $52,000 on 50 screens in Turkey over the weekend for a $249,000 total in the market and $16 million during its international run.
- The post-Holiday weekend in Turkey hurt Herbie: Fully Loaded bad as it plummeted 70% to $47,000 for the weekend and $413,000 during its run. On the other hand, the film has already made $78 million internationally so nobody is going to complain.
- Cinderella Man fell out of the top ten in Australia with $46,000 on 135 screens for $4.31 million in the market and $46.4 million internationally.
- Revolver opened in 17th place in Belgium with just $43,000 on 11 screens. The film has really struggled internationally and that doesn't bode well for its release here in 2006.
- Dark Water opened in the Netherlands but flopped with $20,000 on 7 screens over the weekend, barely enough for 18th place, and $29,000 including previews. On the other hand, the film opened in sixth place in Romania with $7000 on 6 screens, but that can hardly be described as a good start.
- Stay's second weekend in Australia was a complete disaster as the film fell 79% to just $30,000 on 118 screens. That put its two-week total at $235,000 in the market and just $473,000 internationally.
- Proof opened in the Netherlands but barely made the top twenty with $15,000 on 15 screens over the weekend, ($20,000 including previews).
Filed under: International Box Office
, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, 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
, The Corpse Bride
, Nanny McPhee
, Must Love Dogs
, The Transporter 2
, Pride & Prejudice
, The Brothers Grimm
, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
, The Constant Gardener
, A History of Violence
, Dark Water
, Lord of War
, Match Point
, Hustle & Flow
, Into the Blue
, The Devil's Rejects
, Wolf Creek
, The Cave
, Broken Flowers
, The World's Fastest Indian
, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
, Oliver Twist
, Everything is Illuminated
, De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté