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International Details: Flightplan has Bumpy Landing

December 11th, 2005

Flightplan fell out of the top five with $5.13 million on 2,430 screens in 38 markets for a total of $94.65 million on the international scene. It did fall from second to sixth on this week's charts, but it should still reach $100 million by this time next week. Its best market of the weekend was the U.K. where it remained in second place with $2.14 million on 416 screens for a two-week total of $6.59 million.

Here's how other movies have been faring internationally...

  • A handful of new openings helped In Her Shoes remain nearly flat for the weekend earning $4.00 million on 2,104 screens in 25 markets for an international box office of $36.63 million so far. While none of the debuts occurred in major markets, it did finish second in Belgium with $247,000 on 60 screens and in the Netherlands with $202,000 on 81 screens ($290,000 including previews). It was not as fortunate in Mexico where the film made $575,000 on 250 screens, while in Brazil it had an only marginally stronger opening with $272,000 on 76 screens, and in Turkey it struggled with $110,000 on 25.
  • Palais Royale's second weekend of release saw the film fall 42% to $3.57 million on 543 screens to an early total of $10.92 million in three markets. The vast majority came from French where the film was down 45% to $3.19 million on 514 screens for a two-week total of $9.90 million.
  • When Romance Meets Destiny held up about as well as the average film does in South Korea as it fell 40% to $2.28 million on 326 screens over the weekend and $9.25 million overall.
  • Saw II opened in just two more markets this weekend, but that was enough to push into tenth place with $2.15 million on 748 screens in 9 markets for a total of $25.56 million. The better of the two openings in terms of relative strength was Iceland where it made $45,000 on just 4 screens (including previews), finishing in second place. It could only grab third place in Spain, and barely did that, earning $1.22 million on 241 screens. For a horror film to struggle in that market is quite rare, but the explanation is simple. The film is not scary; it is sadistic, but not scary.
  • Joyeux Noel, (Merry Christmas) is expanding faster than most French films, adding six more markets and earning $1.80 million on 836 screens in 9 markets for a total of $11.75 million so far. New openings include Belgium with $139,000 on 33 screens over the weekend and $167,000 in total, finishing in fifth place in the process. But the film wasn't nearly as strong in Spain where it missed the top ten with just $152,000 on 82 screens. Holdovers include France, where it earned the majority of its weekend and total box office adding $1.31 million on 524 screens to its total of $9.67 million, while in Germany it barely dropped at all dipping by just 7% to $241,000 on 134 screens for a $596,000 total.
  • Aeon Flux started its international run with day-and-date openings in five markets earning a total of $1.76 million on 404 screens. It led in Russia with $893,000 on 251 screens over the weekend and $1.02 million including Thursday. It also did well in a handful of South-East Asian markets: Thailand with $208,000 on 73 screens, Singapore with $207,000 on 26, and Malaysia with $182,000 on 36.
  • Even without any major openings, The Constant Gardener was able to hold up well this weekend, earning $1.71 million on 712 screens in 17 markets to lift its international box office to $19.73 million so far. Its best market of the weekend was the U.K. where it added $552,000 on 170 screens to its four-week total of $6.66 million, however, Spain wasn't far behind with $458,000 on 165 screens for a five-week total of $4.16 million.
  • Doom opened in two of its final major markets over the weekend earning a fifth place finish in the U.K. with $1.06 million on 242 screens. And while it is hard to get too excited about that result, it was miles ahead of the film in South Korea where in barely made the top ten with $104,000 on 58 screens over the weekend and $125,000 in total. Add in holdovers and the film made $1.61 million on 944 screens in 33 markets for just $21.09 million internationally, which is not nearly enough given the film's production budget.
  • Always - Sunset On Third Street was down just 9% during its fifth weekend in Japan earning $1.30 million on 270 screens for a $16.12 million total.
  • Bystanders opened in third place in its native market of South Korea with $1.27 million on 222 screens over the weekend and $1.68 million in total.
  • Oliver Twist bounced back onto the charts thanks mostly to its fifth place, $814,000 opening on 186 screens in Spain. That was the vast majority of the film's $1.17 million weekend haul and about on par with the rest of its $24.60 million run.
  • Keeping Mum opened in its native market of the U.K., earning $1.12 million on 306 screens. It's hard to get too excited about that result, especially since Rowan Atkinson is the star of the film.
  • The Legend of Zorro is quickly shedding theatres, and markets, resulting in a quick descent down the charts. This weekend it earned $1.10 million on 1,283 screens in 39 markets for a $85.53 million total.
  • Domino was able to remain relatively flat this weekend, earning $1.06 million on 729 screens in 11 markets for an international total of just $7.59 million so far. In Australia the film opened in fourth place with $319,000 on 149 screens, which was barely more than what it earned during its sophomore session in France. There the film added $312,000 on 254 screens to its $1.15 million total, but fell 57% in the process. It held up much better in Russia down just 37% to $194,000 on 149 screens for a $686,000 two-week total.
  • The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada opened in eighth place in Belgium with $90,000 on 25 screens over the weekend and $102,000 in total. However, the vast majority of its weekend haul came from France where it added $811,000 on 261 screens to its $2.23 million total there. Overall the film made $1.01 million on 302 screens for a early total of $2.71 million.
  • Match Point's next major opening is still a few weeks away, but it still managed to earn $1.01 million on 404 screens in 4 markets for a total of $15.90 million. In Spain it dropped just 15%, earning an additional $581,000 on 149 screens for a $5.07 million total there. Meanwhile, in France it actually climbed a spot to ninth with $332,000 on 228 screens for a six-week total of $9.52 million.
  • The Brothers Grimm had the worst week-to-week performance on the international charts this week falling from 8th to 23rd with just $981,000 on 692 screens in 13 markets. It lost 68% of its opening in Australia, falling from first to fifth with $274,000 on 130 screens for a $1.45 million. It fell even faster in South Korea, losing 74% of its box office to land in sixth place with $273,000 over the weekend and $4.09 million in total, but that kind of descent is common in that market.
  • Mrs. Henderson Presents fell by 28% during its second weekend in the U.K., adding $898,000 on 354 screens to its $3.30 million total there. On the other hand, the film grew by 18% in Denmark to $43,000 on 39 screens for a $130,000 two-week total. Add in up and the film made $941,000 on 393 screens over the weekend and $3.43 million in total.
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is coasting on holdovers at the moment, so it is no shock that it continues to fall down the charts. This weekend it made $937,000 on 1,677 screens in 26 markets for a $123.48 million total. It finally fell out of the top ten in the U.K. with $425,000 for the weekend and $54.97 million in total, which is less than its total after last weekend (these things tend to happen with currency fluctuations).
  • The Cave earned $917,000 on 485 screens in 7 markets for a $12.14 million total so far. It opened in Italy, scoring a seventh place finish with $323,000 on 116 screens, which is better than average for its run so far. In Australia, on the other hand, the film plummeted 74% to $54,000 on 74 screens for a total of just $360,000.
  • No major openings left A History of Violence sliding down the charts with $862,000 on 738 screens in 24 markets for a total of $22.04 million. It did debut in Sweden, earning a fourth place, $94,000 finish on 25 screens and is still in the top ten in Russia with $104,000 on 102 screens.
  • The German film, Es Ist Ein Elch Entsprungen, saw its weekend haul grow by 26% to $606,000 on 536 screens over the weekend for a five-week total of $3.82 million. That was the majority of the film's $813,000 weekend box office and its $4.48 million international total.
  • The 40-Year Old Virgin is just coasting on holdovers as it has been nearly a month since the film had major opening, but it still made $798,000 on 687 screens in 29 markets lifting its total to $58.12 million.
  • Mellisa P is slipping down the charts in Italy falling to fourth place with $702,000 on 225 screens for a total of $6.02 million in the market.
  • Zathura added another $700,000 on 185 screens in 4 markets to its $1.3 million early international total. Most of that money came from Taiwan where it placed second with $600,000, while it lead in Indonesia with $85,000.
  • The French film, Les Chevaliers Du Ciel (a.k.a. Sky Fighters) remained in the top ten in France with $634,000 on 434 screens for a total of $8.47 million.
  • Peddersen & Findus Nissemaskinen opened in the rest of Scandinavia with a second place finish in Norway with $113,000 on 35 screens over the weekend and $122,000 in total but the film had to settle for fifth place in Finland with $74,000 on 14 screens over the weekend and $88,000 in total. Meanwhile, the film grew by 9% during its second weekend in Denmark with $183,000 on 52 screens and dipped just 2% in Sweden with $248,000 on 81 screens.
  • Le Temps Qui Reste opened in its native France with $598,000 on 126 screens for a reasonable per screen average.
  • Le Petit Lieutenant slipped a couple more spots in France falling to eighth with $594,000 over the weekend and $3.38 million in total.
  • A Moment to Remember fell 31% during its seventh week in Japan adding $578,000 on 285 screens for a total of $22.55 million.
  • Broken Flowers opened in fifth place in Italy with $447,000 on 86 screens, which is about what one could expect given films of this nature generally do well here. It also had the best week-to-week performance in the top ten in the Netherlands dipping just 7% to $64,000 on 17 screens over the weekend and $169,000 overall.
  • Nanny McPhee remained in eighth place in the U.K. adding $414,000 to its $27.96 million total there. And yes, that is less than what was reported last week, but that is again due to currency fluctuations.
  • Serenity opened in two more smaller markets, but low theatre counts kept the film out of the top ten in both. The film earned $45,000 on 11 screens in Belgium and $20,000 on 5 screens in Norway. Its best market of the weekend was Germany where it fell just 23% during its sophomore stint, adding $312,000 on 222 screens to its $859,000 total there. Adding in holdovers and the film made $400,000 over the weekend and $12.7 million in total.
  • March of the Penguins opened in third place in Finland with $76,000 on 22 screens, but the bulk of its weekend came from Italy where it added $322,000 on 206 screens. So far the film has earned $33.94 million, which is a very strong for a documentary.
  • Prime saw steep drop-offs in both Australia (down 51% to $224,00 on 177 screens), and Russia (down 58% to $167,000 on 115 screens). Overall the film has made $3.33 million internationally, including $1.65 million and $1.47 million in those two markets respectively.
  • The Transporter 2 fell nearly 50% during its second weekend in the U.K., adding $375,000 on 218 screens to its $1.47 million total in the market. That also helped push its international total to $36.13 million, which is more than enough to help the film show a profit.
  • Cry Wolf's second weekend in Italy resulted in a 52% drop-off, but that was to be expected. Over the weekend the film made $330,000 for a $1.35 million total.
  • Upside of Anger missed the top ten during its debut in Spain with $257,000 on 123 screens, which is on par with the rest of its $8.6 million international run.
  • The Italian film, La Seconda Notte Di Nozze, plummeted 69% and fell from fifth to ninth with $237,000 on 90 screens over the weekend and $3.47 million in total.
  • An Unfinished Life held up well in Germany, losing just 18% of its opening and remaining in eighth place with $206,000 on 130 screens for a two-week total of $557,000. On the other hand, it collapsed in Italy, plummeting 84% to land at $31,000 on 30 screens for a three-week total of $816,000. In the meantime, it missed the top ten during its debut in Sweden earning $28,000 on 10 screens.
  • A Sound Of Thunder held up surprisingly well in Russia with $255,000 on 125 screens for a $874,000 total. On the other hand, it was in free-fall in the Czech Republic losing 71% of its opening falling to tenth place with just $7,000 on 15 screens.
  • Four Brothers opened in Denmark with $9,000 on just 2 screens. It remained in third place in New Zealand with $81,000 on 43 screens for a two-week total of $268,000 while it added $101,000 on 119 screens during its fourth week in Germany for a total of $1.30 million in the market and $17.35 million internationally.
  • Wolf Creek added another $180,000 on 145 screens in Australia for a total of $3.86 million there.
  • Waiting... started its international run with a ninth place, $161,000 opening on 95 screens in Australia. That's a pretty mediocre debut, but the film is already guaranteed to show a profit, so there's little reason for the studio to complain.
  • The Corpse Bride fell of the radar screens this weekend, but its $62.3 million international run is more than enough to show a profit. A typical result this weekend would be Australia, where the film plummeted 68% to land in 10th place with $160,000 on 162 screens for a $1.93 million total.
  • Lord of War opened in seventh place in Denmark with $39,000 on 9 screens over the weekend and $46,000 in total. It fell out of the top ten in Italy plummeting 69% to $112,000 on 76 screens for a total of $1.27 million in that market and $13.75 million internationally.
  • Crash hung onto a spot in the top ten for one more weekend with $148,000 on 59 screens for a total of $1.63 million in the market.
  • Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang opened in the rest of Scandinavia earning fifth place debuts in both Denmark ($63,000 on 10 screens), and Norway ($45,000 on 6 screens). On the other and, it missed the top ten in Finland with just $24,000 on 5 screens. In its second weekend in Sweden the film fell 35% to $13,000 on 12 screens for a total of $46,000 in the market and $8.87 million internationally.
  • The World's Fastest Indian remained in second place in New Zealand adding $143,000 on 65 screens to its $3.22 million total in the market. Comparing the relative sizes of the of the two markets, that would be like earning nearly $300 million here.
  • Where The Truth Lies opened in the U.K., but underperformed there just like it did here. Playing on 45 screens, the film missed the top ten with $117,000.
  • Shopgirl missed the top ten during its opening in Australia with $111,000 on 37 screens over the weekend and $144,000 in total. It was no better in New Zealand where only managed $6,000 on 5 screens.
  • The Russian film, Soldier's Decameron, opened in its native market with $115,000 on 79 screens, which was barely enough for seventh place.
  • Ivko's Fete, a Serbian film, remained in first place in its native market with $111,000 over the weekend and $1.24 million in total. This is an important result as it kept Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from opening in first place there, making it one of the few markets that latter film hasn't dominated in.
  • Elizabethtown opened in third place in Poland with $91,000 on 40 screens, which is better than average compared to the rest of its $23.17 million run.
  • The Interpreter is just wrapping up its run in Italy, its final market. This weekend in made $64,000 on 27 screens for a total of $6.53 million in the market and $90.0 million internationally.
  • The Libertine is showing no legs in the U.K., losing 69% this weekend falling to $50,000 on 32 screens, which is worse that last week's performance. It does have $1.09 million in the market, but that is well below expectations.
  • Everything Is Illuminated rose from 20th to 15th in Italy with $38,000 on 15 screens over the weekend and $269,000 overall.
  • The Devil's Rejects opened in New Zealand in ninth place with $17,000 on 29 screens, which is so bad that one almost has to assume that it was previews.
  • Paparazzi opened in the U.K. but bombed badly with $15,000 on 32 screens. The film struggled domestically and has yet to break $1 million internationally.
  • It was even worse for Supercross, which opened in Australia with just $8,000 on 41 screens.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The 40 Year-old Virgin, Flightplan, Saw II, La marche de l'empereur, Four Brothers, The Interpreter, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Crash, The Corpse Bride, Nanny McPhee, The Legend of Zorro, The Transporter 2, The Brothers Grimm, The Constant Gardener, In Her Shoes, A History of Violence, Doom, Zathura, Elizabethtown, Serenity, Lord of War, Match Point, Prime, The Upside of Anger, The Devil's Rejects, Wolf Creek, Waiting..., Paparazzi, The Cave, Broken Flowers, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Shopgirl, Domino, Cry Wolf, An Unfinished Life, The World's Fastest Indian, Los tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada, The Libertine, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Supercross, Oliver Twist, A Sound of Thunder, Everything is Illuminated, Where the Truth Lies, Aeon Flux