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International Top Five - World Cup Kills Competition

June 28th, 2006

With the World Cup heating up, the vast majority of the world was focuses on the world of sports and movies were a distant second choice for entertainment. No film was able to top $10.0 million internationally over the weekend while number one openings in a handful of markets helped Poseidon top the charts. Over the weekend the film earned $8.90 million on 3982 screens in 46 markets for a total of $83.16 million. Its best debut came from Russia where it made $1.9 million on 371 screens over the weekend and $2.6 million in total while it took in $997,000 on 291 screens in Brazil. Other number one debuts include $378,000 on 60 screens over the weekend in Belgium, ($445,000 in total), and $255,000 on 134 in Turkey. The film has yet to opened in Germany, among other markets and should have no trouble reaching $100 million internationally, however, that isn't enough by a long shot.

The Da Vinci Code was just a fraction behind with $8.64 million on 5766 screens in 61 markets for a total of $495.35 million internationally. There's little doubt the film will be able to crack $500 million by this time next week, and that would make it just the 12th film to do so. It also became just the 23rd film to hit $700 million worldwide with a total of $700.94 million after the weekend. The film's best market remains Japan with $2.24 million over the weekend and $67.38 million in total.

Over the Hedge doubled its weekend haul with $7.98 million on 1705 screens in 16 markets for a total of $27.76 million internationally. This growth was almost entirely due to the film's second place, $1.84 million performance on 342 screens in Australia. Including last week's numbers, the film has $3.07 million in that market.

Cars climbed a spot to fourth with $7.16 million on 2267 screens in 20 markets for a disappointing early international total of $22.56 million. The film did open in first place in a number of market, including the Netherlands with $341,000 on 165 screens and Poland with $320,000 on 120 screens. More impressive was its holds, which included a mere 10% decline in France to $2.3 million at 850 screens and a 28% decline in Australia to $1.25 million on 366 screens.

X-Men: The Last Stand fell from first to fifth this week with $6.83 million on 4941 screens in 42 markets for a total of $194.63 million. At first glance, that may seem like a very steep decline, but the film is shedding screens and markets at an accelerated rate after being in release for a month in most places. The film has just eclipsed the international total of X2 making it the biggest hit in the franchise and it has yet to open in China and Japan. This film is obviously a huge hit and the studio will want to take further advantage of the popularity of the characters, so while the franchise is officially over, both Wolverine and Magneto have Spin-offs in the works.


Filed under: International Box Office, Cars, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Da Vinci Code, Over the Hedge, Poseidon