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International Top Five - Devil May Care Attitude

November 2nd, 2006

Not too long ago I said that The Devil Wears Prada had no chance to match its domestic total on the international scene. Well, I was wrong. This week the film added $17.62 million on 4352 screens in 47 markets to its international total, a total that now stands at $130.38 million. This week the film opened in first place, in a very, very close battle in South Korea with $2.9 million on 241 screens while it was the clear winner in Belgium earning $640,000 on 60 screens over the weekend and $869,000 in total. As for holdovers the film remained in second place in Germany with $2.89 million on 605 screens over the weekend and $13.69 million after three. The film has yet to open in Japan, China, and the Middle East and should have no problem hitting $150 million internationally before long.

Open Season climbed nearly 40% this weekend adding $11.07 million on 3245 screens in 38 markets for a total of $40.42 million internationally. Its biggest opening was in Russia where it pulled in $2.89 million on 415 screens while thanks to holidays is grew by 4% in France to $2.4 million on 629 screens for a running tally of $5 million there. On the other hand, the only managed fourth place in Belgium opening with $190,000 on 62 screens over the weekend and $268,000 in total.

In third place was the German Sequel, 7 Zwerge - Der Wald Ist Nicht Genug, a.k.a. 7 Dwarfs 2: The World Is Not Enough. The film opened with $8.83 million on 979 screens in 4 markets, earning a solid third place in the process. Most of that came from Germany, no surprise there, where it easily finished first with $7.00 million on 813 screens while it also topped the charts in Switzerland with $496,000 on 59 screens.

The Departed saw significant growth over the weekend shooting up 62%, which allowed it to remain in fourth place with $8.21 million on 1,700 screens in 22 markets for a total of $36.33 million. The film opened in first place in Spain with $2.38 million on 375 screens while it came in a very, very close second in Italy with $2.06 million on 401 screens over the weekend with $2.14 million in total. In the U.K. the film fell from first to third with $1.97 million on 376 screens for a total of $19.26 million.

Saw III started its international run day-and-date in the U.K. and Taiwan. In the U.K. it took top spot with $4.78 million on 373 screens while in Taiwan it earned third place with $320,000. The film starts this weekend in Australia and next weekend in Spain, and we will have a much better idea of its long-term success.


Filed under: International Box Office, The Departed, The Devil Wears Prada, Open Season, Saw III