Around the World Roundup: 'The Interpreter' Has the International Floor

by Conor Bresnan
April 26, 2005


Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman in
The Interpreter
s The Interpreter opened at first place domestically, the political thriller continued to be the No. 1 movie internationally, grossing $12.6 million from 35 territories for a $25.7 million total. Its 14 new openings were strong, and holdover markets saw small drops, indicating positive word of mouth.

Playing at a modest 402 screens in Germany, The Interpreter debuted to an excellent $2.0 million and a 23 percent market share. In neighboring Austria, it grossed $234,035 at 48 playdates, just behind The Pacifier.

In Southeast Asia, The Interpreter mirrored The Bourne Identity's numbers. It bowed in first place in Hong Kong ($237,229 from 33 screens) and Singapore ($153,231 from15) and at No. 2 in South Korea behind a local title with $789,959 at 90 screens.

In Brazil, The Interpreter was second to Guess Who with a $559,743 opening from 121 screens, which was 36 percent bigger than The Bourne Identity and similar to The Bourne Supremacy. In Mexico, it logged $626,097 at 201 dates, second to The Pacifier.

Among holdovers, The Interpreter dropped just 23 percent in the United Kingdom, No. 1 for the second weekend in a row with $2.3 million from 370 screens for $6.9 million in 10 days—on pace with The Bourne Identity. It also showed second weekend strength in Australia (off 21 percent for $2.8 million in 11 days), The Netherlands (down 24 percent), Portugal (down 18) and Switzerland (down 18). In Spain, its 10-day total of $3.7 million is seven percent ahead of The Bourne Supremacy at the same point. The Interpreter still has 21 territories to go, including Japan on May 21.

Vin Diesel in The Pacifier
The Pacifier bagged $8.6 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $31.5 million. In Mexico, the Vin Diesel comedy opened at No. 1 with $1.9 million opening, but was moderate in Italy with $850,000. Holdover tallies include Germany's $4.2 million and Australia's $7.4 million. With France, Japan, South Korea and the U.K. still ahead, The Pacifier could reach $75 million, but should come up short of its $106.5 million and counting domestic take.

Sahara uncovered two solid openings through distributor United International Pictures—Spain's $1.2 million from 209 screens and Italy's chart-topping $1.2 million from 149 screens. In non-UIP territories, the Matthew McConaughey adventure had mixed results, from a No. 1 bow in Taiwan of $584,000 at 73 screens and a nearly $2 million two-week total in Russia to less than $250,000 in Greece and Poland each.

In Japan, Constantine held on to the top spot in its second weekend, ahead of openers Shall We Dance and Hide and Seek, with a 37 percent drop to $2.3 million from 349 screens. Its $9 million total so far surpasses National Treasure by 28 percent, X-Men by 42 percent and X2: X-Men United by 32 percent. The supernatural thriller's international total climbed to $136.4 million.

Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac in Guess Who
Guess Who's $2.8 million weekend was powered by Brazil's No. 1 debut of $596,000 from 153 screens and a third place entry in the U.K. of $1.4 million from 350. In Mexico, the Bernie Mac-Ashton Kutcher comedy opened in fifth place with an anemic $481,000 from 275 screens, and, in Australia, it ranked eighth with a $323,000 bow. The overall stands at $5.3 million so far.

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous's high screen counts and speedy release schedule have led to decent business. The Sandra Bullock sequel's $44.3 million total nearly matches its domestic take, and, with Italy (May 6) and Japan (May 21) ahead, it should finish above $50 million with a 60/40 international to domestic ratio—excellent for an American comedy. Its $2.9 million weekend included Greece's $208,437 debut from 44 screens—topping Miss Congeniality by 111 percent—and Argentina's poor $55,600 start at 25 screens.

Natalie Portman and Zach Braff in Garden State
Hide and Seek landed in its final market, Japan, where the Robert DeNiro thriller grossed a solid $1.5 million from 279 screens, pushing its overseas total to $60.6 million.

France gave Garden State the first strong launch of its poor international run, grossing $750,000 from 109 screens. The international total is $6.1 million, way short of its $26.8 million domestic take, but Zach Braff's dramedy still has Italy (May 20), Germany (May 26) and Japan on the horizon.

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