Around the World Roundup: 'Poseidon' Rises to the Top
by Conor Bresnan
June 27, 2006
|Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss in Poseidon|
The World Cup and hot weather in Europe quieted the foreign box office further over the weekend. In part, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy as distributors avoided competition with the final World Cup rounds. Domestic dud Poseidon rose to the top with $9.1 million.
Russia was Poseidon's most potent market, opening to $1.9 million from 371 prints in first place. In Brazil, the disaster remake debuted at No. 1 with $901,000 from 291 screens. It had several solid holds as well. In France, it dipped 31 percent to $1 million for a $2.8 million total, and, in Argentina, it stayed on top with $202,000 ($695,000 total). Its overall total climbed to $84.7 million and the $100 million milestone is around the corner.
Current domestic champ, Adam Sandler's Click, opened at first place in Australia and New Zealand, respectively grossing $3 million from 281 screens and $349,034 from 47 screens. Both were slightly higher than Sandler's 50 First Dates.
Over the Hedge also debuted in Australia, grabbing $3.1 million (including previews) from 249 screens. The computer-animated comedy was just shy of Cars' start earlier this month while playing on 121 fewer screens. Hedge is doing well so far with $24 million overall and almost three-fourths of the world left to go.
The Lake House had its foreign premiere in the United Kingdom over the weekend. At $1.4 million from 343 screens, the romantic drama was in line with its moderate domestic start and ranked second in the market.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift maintained the lead in the U.K. with a $1.9 million second weekend, down 43 percent for a $6.6 million total. In Australia, though, the action sequel tumbled 57 percent to $1 million for a $4 million total. In each new country, Tokyo Drift took first place: Finland, Indonesia ($293,944 from 46 screens), Portugal ($296,690 from 40), Romania and Trinidad and Tobago.
A solid start in France helped The Break-Up achieve a $3.7 million weekend from 11 territories. With the box office about to escalate with the Fete du Cinema beginning, The Break-Up put itself in good position with a $1.1 million gross from 301 screens. The debut topped both How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Wedding Crashers. The Break-Up also opened well in Belgium ($366,455 from 44 screens) and Greece ($347,038 from 47).
The Da Vinci Code posted yet another stellar weekend with $8.6 million, bringing its total to $495.3 million. The thriller is still going strong in Japan, grossing $2.2 million in its sixth weekend for a $67.8 million. It also opened in two small markets: Oman ($27,209 from 3 screens) and Qatar ($81,642 from 4 screens).