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October 13th, 2004

With openings in nearly a dozen new markets, Shark Tale was able to take top spot on the international charts with $9.4 million in 16 markets, pushing its early total to $19.2 million internationally and over $100 million worldwide. Highlights include $4.4 million in the U.K., (including previews) and $2.05 million in Mexico. How happy the studio is with these results depends on their expectations. Compared to the average film, Shark Tale is a massive hit. But compared to Dreamworks previous digitally animated film, Shrek 2, it is a large drop.

Openings in two major markets propelled Resident Evil: Apocalypse into second place with $7.2 million. Its best result was in France where it took in $3 million. However, the film was a dud in the U.K. with a fourth place, $1.4 million opening. So far the film has debuted in 23 markets and managed to earn $36 million in the process.

The Terminal climbed a couple of spots this week earning $7.1 million on nearly 3000 screens in 31 markets. Top draw was a $3.3 million, second place finish in Germany. So for the film has pulled in $72 million internationally and just shy of $150 million worldwide.

Without any major market debuts and with improving competition, Collateral dropped from first to fourth on the charts with just $5.6 million this week. The film was hit particularly hard in France where it suffered a 50% second weekend drop-off. Internationally the film has earned $45 million with a few more major openings in its future.

The Village opened in first place in Greece over the weekend with $1.1 million. However, the film still saw its weekly take fall to just $4.5 million. Its international total has now risen to $121 million.

Other highlights on the international scene include:

  • The French film L'Enquête Corse had an amazing $4.1 million opening in France and a $4.3 million weekend overall.
  • Downfall, the Adolf Hitler Biopic is still the top box office draw in Germany. This week it earned $3.5 million pushing its total in that market to $23.8 million.
  • The Bourne Supremacy debuted in three smaller markets but managed $3.3 million over the weekend. That was enough to push the film's international total to $76.8 million and its worldwide gross to just over $250 million.
  • White Chicks first foray in a major market was an unmitigated disaster. The film could only manage $900,000 on nearly 500 screens in Germany. For the weekend, it had a total of $2.8 million and an running total of just $10.6 million so far.
  • Hero opened in first place in Italy with $2.1 million while it earned another $625 thousand in the U.K. It now $109.7 million internationally.
  • Bride and Prejudice opened in its home market of the U.K. with an impressive $2.7 million, including previews. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, who also directed Bend it Like Backham, the film opens Stateside on Christmas Day.
  • Wimbledon held up better than expected in Australia, but is still struggling with just $2.6 million this weekend and $13.5 million overall.
  • With the hostage crisis in Iraq hitting so close to home, there's little need to speculate why Man on Fire failed to connect with an audience in the U.K. finishing in sixth place with $1.1 million. The film did substantially better in Spain with $1.5 million pushing its international total to $23 million.
  • Garfield has again dropped off the radar, but piecing together the little data available adds up to an estimated $2.4 million in 10 markets where data was available. This included $600,000 in Australia and $700,000 in Italy.
  • After four weeks I, Robot is still the champ in Japan with $2.2 million. Its international haul is now $182 million.
  • Saw's second weekend drop-off in the U.K. was a phenomenal 16%. Its weekend haul of $2.1 million pushed its total for the market to just over $6 million.
  • King Arthur was down just 23% in its second weekend in Italy with $1.7 million. Overall the film earned another $2.2 million pushing its total to $138.5 million.
  • Hellboy opened in Italy with $500,000 in just 106 theaters. Its weekend haul was a mere $1.6 million pushing its international total to $35.8 million and just shy of $95 million worldwide.
  • A Cinderella Story earned $1.4 million over the weekend, include $400 thousand in its third weekend in Australia. That raised its total in the market to $2.8 million and its international total to $16.3 million.
  • Spider-Man 2 dropped to third in Italy to $1.2 million and $1.4 million overall. With no more markets to open in, the film's weekly take will shrink from now on but it still managed to push its international total to $406.9 million.
  • Layer Cake dropped a mere 22% in the U.K. to take in $1.3 million for the weekend and $4.3 million overall.
  • Bad Education opened in fourth place in Italy with $1.2 million.
  • Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid third place, $800,000 opening in Australia helped the film take in $1.1 million over the weekend raising its international total to just $16.8 million.
  • Shrek 2's international haul dropped to below $1 million over the weekend, but it raised its total to $439.1 million. The film will probably completely drop off the radar before its Italian opening in December.
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind debuted in France with $850 thousand on just 175 screens. That's the best debut in that market for a Charlie Kaufman film. Internationally the film has made $24.1 million, which is also a personal best for the screenwriter.
  • Laura's Stern weekend earnings dropped less than 10% to $800 thousand in Germany to raise its total in its home market to $3.8 million.
  • Catwoman could only manage $650 thousand this weekend pushing its total to $34.6 million.
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow crumbled in the U.K. by more than 60%. It could only add $500,000 in the market to its disappointing $2.1 million total.
  • Exorcist: The Beginning opened in top spot in Singapore with $300 thousand. In total the film took in just over $500 thousand to push its international total to $2.7 million.
  • Shaun of the Dead could only manage a eighth place, $400,000 opening in Australia. So for the film has earned $13.0 million, almost all of it coming from its home market of the U.K. Still, that's very good for a film reported to cost only $4 million to make.
  • The Girl Next Door opened in seventh place in Brazil with $200,000 on just 87 screens. The film has now made $13 million internationally and $27.5 million worldwide.
  • With a box office take of just $400,000 over the past week, it is safe to say Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban box office run is all but over. The film has made $537.9 million internationally, best for the year, and its $787 million worldwide is second best for the year.
  • Van Helsing has also ran out of steam. It is sitting at $299 million worldwide, but unless the studio gives it an additional push someone, it will fall short of $300 million.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle opened in sixth place with just over $100,000. The film's first major international debut is in Germany in a couple of days.
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen opened in 8th place in South Africa with just $100,000. Internationally, the film has only managed $3.5 million.

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Source: Variety

Filed under: International Box Office, Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Bourne Supremacy, Shark Tale, I, Robot, Van Helsing, The Village, Collateral, Man on Fire, The Terminal, Garfield, White Chicks, Hellboy, Saw, Jet Li's Hero, King Arthur, A Cinderella Story, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Exorcist: The Beginning, Catwoman, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Wimbledon, The Girl Next Door, Shaun of the Dead, Bride & Prejudice