Around the World Roundup: 'Da Vinci' Withstands 'X-Men'
by Conor Bresnan
May 30, 2006
|Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code|
Though it failed to unseat The Da Vinci Code for the foreign crown, X-Men: The Last Stand outshined its predecessors, grossing $76.1 million over the weekend from a near global launch that included all nations except Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan. The third entry in the Marvel Comics franchise is on course to surpass X2: X-Men United's $192.6 million final tally.
Meanwhile The Da Vinci Code flexed its muscle with an unprecedented second frame of $91 million, lifting its total at $317.5 million. In the coming weeks, the thriller will eclipse Ice Age: The Meltdown's $435.2 million to become the top grossing picture of the year.
In Asia, X-Men: The Last Stand towered over Da Vinci Code. X-Men yielded $1.4 million from 60 screens in Singapore, compared to Code's $373,772 from 50 ($1.6 million total). In the Philippines, it generated $1.1 million from 73 screens versus Da Vinci's $315,115 second weekend from 41 screens ($1.4 million total). However, The Last Stand failed to top X2's opening in Thailand with $1 million from 198 screens. Elsewhere, it made $774,172 in Malaysia from 68 screens and $503,163 in Indonesia from 52.
In Europe's major markets X-Men: The Last Stand received a mixed reception. It claimed the top spot in France with $10.8 million from 756 screens, while locally-filmed Da Vinci fell 36 percent to $7.7 million from 969 screens ($21.1 million total). X-Men also exceeded Da Vinci's second weekends in the United Kingdom, with $13 million from 446 screens, and Australia, with $5.1 million from 408 screens. Nearly everywhere else Da Vinci held firm and even rose four percent in the Netherlands to $2.2 million ($5 million total). In Germany, Da Vinci eased 17 percent to $11 million from 1,165 screens ($29.2 million total) while X-Men set a franchise low (in local currency) of $5.6 million from 885 screens.
|Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand|
Da Vinci Code saw significant drops in Italy and Spain, the two markets where the thriller holds the opening weekend record. In Italy, it dove 46 percent to $6 million from 910 screens ($23 million total), still leaving X-Men: The Last Stand's $2.1 million in the dust. It was also down 46 percent in Spain to $5.9 million ($20.3 million total), but ahead of X-Men's $4.6 million debut from 453 screens.
In Mexico, X-Men: The Last Stand topped X2 by 79 percent with a first place $6.5 million from 750 screens. Da Vinci Code tumbled 55 percent in the market to $2.9 million ($12.7 million total). Brazil was another win for the mutants as the movie grossed $3.5 million from 591 screens. In South America's smaller territories, though, Da Vinci mostly reigned supreme.
The Da Vinci Code continued to dominate the X-free Japan and South Korea. In Japan, it fell 20 percent to $9 million from 855 screens ($31.8 million total), while, in South Korea, it was down 44 percent to $4.1 million from 420 screens ($15.5 million total).
Amidst the heavy competition, Mission: Impossible III held its own last weekend, grossing $12.1 million for a $184.3 million total. South Korea continued to be its best market, off 31 percent in its fourth weekend to $2.7 million for a $32 million total.
The Poles favored The Wild more than the Brits in the computer-animated comedy's bid at counter-programming. In Poland, the family feature ranked second, above X-Men: The Last Stand, with $410,387 from 95 screens, while, in the U.K., the picture was a distant third with $2 million from 430 screens. Overall, The Wild sits at a disappointing $35.5 million.
In its foreign debut, Curious George was in direct competition with The Wild in the U.K. but only managed $619,532 from 320 screens. The children's cartoon was less impressive in Germany, with eighth place$551,916 from 346 screens. Overall, the picture eked $1.5 million out of four territories.
|A scene from Curious George|
Poseidon docked in Taiwan two weeks before X-Men: The Last Stand and capitalized with a sizeable $1.6 million from 521 prints. The disaster picture has logged $9.9 million thus far.