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Harry Potter Holds up Better Overseas

June 15th, 2004

Despite massive competition form the TV coverage of the Euro2004 Football championships, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban help up rather well internationally. Its weekend take of $65.4 million was down just 25% from last weekend. Granted number one openings in 16 nations helped, especially the $8.5 million earned in Australia. The film's international take has already hit $204 million and with it still tracking ahead of Chamber of Secrets in most markets, $500 million international is virtually guaranteed with $600 million not out of the question. By next weekend it will have overtaken fellow Warner Bros. blockbuster Troy for second biggest worldwide box office of the year.

The environmental message of The Day After Tomorrow is resonating strongly with international audiences. Even with no new openings the film was able to take in $33.4 million on close to 9000 screens in 112 markets. That pushed its international total to an impressive $238.9 million, second best for the year. And its worldwide total is now just shy of $400 million, third best of the year.

Propelled by a $16.6 million weekend, Troy was able to top $400 million at the worldwide box office. And its $293 million international take is the best of the year so far.

Like last week, after the top three there's quite a large drop to fourth place. And also like last week, there's some confusion about the box office of the final two places. Crying Out for Love in the Center of the World, which indeed placed fourth last week with $4.1 million in Japan is estimated to have earned just over $3 million this week. And that is the same box office as The Ladykillers earned, mostly from a strong opening in France.

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Source: Variety

Filed under: International Box Office, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Day After Tomorrow, Troy, The Ladykillers