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June 5th, 2005

It was a slightly busier weekend as several studios were brave enough, or foolhardy enough to try and sandwich their film between the worldwide release of Revenge of the Sith and Batman Begins, which debuts in just 10 days. With War of the Worlds' worldwide release just two weeks after that, there's very little room for smaller films to survive.

  • Monster-In-Law is doing big business internationally thanks to its counter-programming status. The weekend the film added $3.6 million on 1500 screens in 8 markets for an early tally of $11.2 million. Its best market continues to be the U.K. where the film added $1.1 million to its $7.7 million total. But the film also did well in Germany opening in second place with $1.0 million on 368 screens while it made $225,000 on 50 screens in Austria. Other debuts include Greece at $450,000 and Singapore at $250,00.
  • Negotiator: Bayside Shakedown 3 was nearly flat in Japan suffering just a 7% drop-off this weekend. It earned $2,965,227, which was enough to beat The Pacifier's revised international box office of $2.85 million allowing the film to grab fifth place on the international charts. The film now has brought in $24,524,455 during its four-week run in its native market and it isn't finished by a long shot.
  • Million Dollar Baby finally opened in its final market scoring a second place finish in Japan with $1,673,463 on 264 screens. The film is still earning a respectable sum in France and other markets for an estimated $2 million weekend and a $105 million international total.
  • The Grudge managed a third place, $1,337,505 debut on 150 screens in South Korea and has brought in $1,520,865 since its midweek opening.
  • Madagascar made its international debut opening in Singapore, ($612,000 on 26 screens); Malaysia, ($305,000 on 39) and the Philippines, ($285,000 on 66.) The film broke records for animated films in the first two market, which is a good sign for its international potential.
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy added an estimated $1 million to its international total of $26.8 million. Its worldwide total of $76.1 million is nearly high enough for the film to be considered a success, and it has only opened in a handful of markets and should more than double its current international total
  • Ladder 49 slipped 23% in Japan to $795,692 for a two-week total of $2,855,778, about half of what it needs in the market to cross $100 million worldwide.
  • Coach Carter opening in second place in Australia with $610,000 on 157 screens and $115,000 on 30 screens in New Zealand, both markets were above the film's average result so far. On the other hand, the film didn't do so well in Hungary with just $15,000 on 10 screens. Internationally the film has now made $6.175 million, well below its domestic numbers.
  • The Wedding Date opened in third place in Australia with $510,000 on 86 screens while it opened in fourth place with $60,000 on 12 screens in Hong Kong. Holdovers include $70,000 on 80 screens during its sixth weekend in the U.K. $64,000 on 50 screens during its third weekend in Holland. Overall the film has an estimated $10 million internationally, with several major markets to go.
  • A Lot Like Love barely made the top ten in its debut in Argentina finishing in eighth place with $31,119 on 11 screens. The film has opened in several markets, but hasn't managed a break-out market yet, it should crack $1 million in both South Korea, ($164,399 this weekend for a $912,892 two week total) and Mexico, ($257,381 weekend / $624,100 total.) In total the film managed just $600,000 this weekend and $4 million internationally.
  • Millions opened in its native market of the U.K. with an uninspiring $530,000 on 256 screens, good enough for just sixth place. The film has yet to open in most major markets and should top the $6.2 million it made domestically, but won't end up anywhere near Danny Boyle's previous couple of films.
  • Hostage opened in several midlevel markets with middling results. Its best performance was a third place in finish in Finland with $55,000 on just 10 screens, which is a pretty good start compared to the rest of its run. The film also managed third place in Holland with $125,000 on 63 screens over the weekend, ($180,000 since it debuted on Thursday) and fourth place in New Zealand with $78,000 on 31 screens. Its best market overall was France where the film just missed the top ten with just under $200,000 while the film added $50,000 in its sophomore stint in Hong Kong.
  • The Upside of Anger opened in Hong Kong with $40,000 on 7 screens, which is certainly not a bad start given the nature of the film. The majority of the film's weekend haul came from Australia at $365,000, but the film also added $45,000 during its second weekend in New Zealand and $30,000 in its debut in Norway. Add it up and you have $480,000 for the weekend and roughly $3 million during its run.
  • It's All Gone Pete Tong, the Canadian / British co-production opened in the U.K. with $475,000 on 282 screens, not the start the studio was hoping for.
  • Closer is just wrapping up its international run adding $462,497 during its second weekend in Japan for a total of $1,997,494 in the market and $79.2 million internationally.
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is holding up better than expected in Japan adding $395,856 this weekend for a four-week total of $7,934,796.
  • Son of the Mask is another film that's holding up better than expected. During its seventh weekend in Japan the film added $341,215 to its total of $12,066,363, which is surprisingly close to what the film earned domestically. Internationally the film has $36.3 million, which wouldn't even cover the film's P&A budget making this film the most expensive flop of the year, so far.
  • Kung Fu Hustle made its debut in Italy, finishing third with $316,627 on 154 screens. Overall the film has pulled in $67.0 million internationally, and with the U.K., Germany, Spain and Australia left to open in, it could hit $100 million worldwide.
  • The Bollywood film, Bunty Aur Babli opened in ninth place in the U.K. with $275,000 on 30 screens whiling missing the top ten in Australia with $40,000 on just 7 screens.
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous just held on to tenth place on the Japanese box office charts with $314,056. That lifted its total in the market to $1,178,619 and its worldwide total to $99.5 million.
  • White Noise debuted in fifth place in Italy with $290,456 on 138 screens, pushing its international total to nearly $33 million.
  • Unleashed saw its German box office cut in half again landing at sixth place with $284,039 for the weekend and $2,544,165 total. The film only has $8.9 million internationally and unless its fortunes changes soon, it won't recoup its production budget.
  • Shall We Dance? fell out of the top ten in Japan and will probably do the same in France shortly. This weekend it added $272,601 in the latter market for a $3,668,018 three-week total. Internationally it has $106.4 million, nearly double its domestic total.
  • Sin City started its international run with a very impressive $230,000 on 18 screens in Taiwan, which was good enough for a solid second place. Given its subject matter, it should perform better internationally than it did domestically and reach $150 million worldwide making its sequel a pretty safe bet.
  • Ice Princess opened in Mexico, which is normally very friendly to family films, however it could barely manage eighth place with just $204,786 on 80 screens. It's still very early in the film's international run, but so far it has struggled bringing in just $1.1 million.
  • Garden State managed just seventh place in its debut in Germany. Opening with $192,298 for the week on 105 screens probably isn't the start the studio was hoping for, at least not after the film's amazing domestic run. In reality, its $7.6 million international running tally is a pretty good result for a small film like this.
  • Bride and Prejudice opened in New Zealand with $192,000 on 45 screens for the second best per screen average in the market. With nearly $25 million worldwide on just a $7 million production budget, the film is already a financial success. Whether it fulfills Gurinder Chadha goal of making Bollywood films mainstream is yet to be seen, but it certainly hasn't hurt the genre.
  • Seed of Chucky barely made tenth place with just $85,000 on 96 screens in Germany and it did even worse in Austria with just $9700 for the week. In its third weekend in the U.K. the film added $42,000 to is $512,000 total there,
  • The Amityville Horror collapsed to just $100,000 in Russia for a total in the market of $700,000 and $16.9 million internationally.
  • Melinda and Melinda opened in third place in Argentina with $86,000 on 13 screens, which gave the film the best per screen average in the market. Worldwide the film has just shy of $17 million in total with its best single market being Spain at $4.5 million.
  • Constantine slipped out of the top ten in Japan, so we've probably heard the last of that film as far as international box office goes. It did end its run with more than $25 million in the market and $229 million worldwide, however, sine it cost $100 million to make, and more than $50 million to advertise, it still hasn't shown a profit yet.

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Filed under: International Box Office, Madagascar, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Grudge, Million Dollar Baby, Monster-in-Law, Constantine, Ladder 49, Sin City, Coach Carter, The Amityville Horror, Shall We Dance?, White Noise, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Hostage, Closer, The Wedding Date, Garden State, Danny the Dog, Ice Princess, A Lot Like Love, The Upside of Anger, Kung Fu Hustle, Son of the Mask, Seed of Chucky, Bride & Prejudice, Millions, Melinda and Melinda, It's All Gone Pete Tong