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International Top Five - Horton Will Be Heard, and Seen

April 2nd, 2008

Despite falling nearly 50%, Horton Hears A Who rose to first place on the international charts with $13.02 million 5,879 screens in 53 markets for a total of $75.65 million. The film had no major, or even mid-level openings this week, but it held very well in Australia to climb into first place with $1.46 million on 363 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.16 million after two. On the other hand, it plummeted in the U.K., down 68% to $1.87 million on 504 screens over the weekend for a total of $10.71 million after two. The film has yet to open in France, Italy, South Korea, and Japan, and should have little trouble reaching $100 million before it is done. This is low compared to its domestic run so far. However, Dr. Seuss is not as popular internationally as he is in North America, so this is expected. In fact, overall the film has done better than expected.

10,000 B.C. was just behind with $12.68 million on 3,662 screens in 61 markets for a total of $144.12 million. It too had no major or mid-level openings while it pulled in an estimated $2 million during its second weekend in China to give it $7.6 million after two weeks there. As expected, the film crossed $200 million worldwide last week and, with Japan still to come, $250 million is a reasonable target.

Last Wednesday, it was reported that Bienvenue Chez les Ch'its broke the record for highest-grossing film in France's box office history, at least in terms of American dollars. It has a while to go to catch Titanic's 20.64 million moviegoers. In its native market, the film has earned $151.45 million after a month of release, including $10.72 million on 906 screens this past weekend. Overall it made $11.91 million on 996 screens in 3 markets for a total of $157.31 million.

Another film with no major or mid-level openings, The Spiderwick Chronicles fell 40% but was still able to remain in fourth place. It added $8.48 million on 3627 screens in 49 markets over the weekend for a total of $48.77 million internationally. Its biggest single market was the U.K. where it earned $2.60 million on 481 screens for a total of $11.47 million. This is roughly the same as it made here, taking into account the relative size of the two markets; however, it only took two weekends to do it.

Jumper jumped back into the top five with $8.34 million on 3,930 screens in 43 markets for a total of $121.90 million so far. Of the many openings of the weekend, it earned the most in Germany, pulling in first place with $2.54 million on 405 screens, while it also earned first place in Mexico ($2.03 million on 500 screens) and in Brazil ($1.23 million on 206). With a total of more than $200 million worldwide, there's little doubt that the film is a financial success, and even with few markets left to open, it will show a profit shortly.


Filed under: International Box Office, Horton Hears a Who, Jumper, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, 10,000 B.C.