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International Top of the Chart: Prince Crowned King

June 3rd, 2010

Prince of Persia expanded into a handful of major markets at the weekend and it did extremely well in a most of them. This helped the film storm into first place internationally, with $61.54 million on 10,297 screens in 47 markets for a still early total of $97.77 million. This is likely more than it will make domestically. Its worldwide haul is $127.87 million, which is rapidly closing in on its production budget.

In France, the film earned first place with $5.35 million on 652 screens, which was three times its nearest competition. Mexico was close behind with $4.04 million on 882 screens, which was also enough for an easy win in that market, topping the opening on Marmaduke by a nearly five-to-one margin. It wasn't quite as dominant in its win in Australia, but with $2.93 million on 299 screens, its per screen average was excellent.

On the other hand, the film only managed second place in Japan with $1.61 million on 364 screens over the weekend and $2.06 million in total. Its per screen average over the weekend is low enough that it likely won't have the same legs that most films in the market have. Then again, it also opened on Friday and not Saturday, so that throws the calculations way off.

Looking at holdovers, the film remained in first place in Spain, down 33% to $1.88 million on 597 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.28 million after two. It was only down 19% in Germany, but it fell to second place nonetheless with $2.32 million on 608 screens over the weekend for a total of $6.91 million after two. In the U.K. it grew by 19%, but was pushed into third place with $2.38 million on 484 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.84 million.

Sex and the City 2 opened in second place, but we will get to that film, and the rest of the multi-million dollar movies this weekend.


Filed under: International Box Office, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time