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Around the World Roundup: 'Pirates' Loot Another Victory

by Conor Bresnan
Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
August 2, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest handily ruled the foreign box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Driven by a massive opening in Germany, the supernatural swashbuckler raked in $55.3 million over the weekend for a $301.9 million total.

In Germany, Dead Man's Chest topped the debuts of all previous Harry Potter, Star Wars and Matrix movies with $17.5 million from 903 screens. It was the third-largest start ever in the market, behind only the last two Lord of the Rings pictures. Pirates also ranked among the all time top three openings in Austria, with $2.8 million from 105 screens, and in German-speaking Switzerland, with $1.8 million. In Belgium, it had one of the five best starts ever with $2.2 million from 125 screens.

Dead Man's Chest held well in Japan, grossing $5.9 million from 761 screens for a $32.5 million two-week total. Elsewhere, the picture stands at $12.3 million in Mexico, $6.6 million and Brazil and a staggering $72.5 million in the United Kingdom after just four weeks.

In its U.K. debut, Cars trumped Buena Vista International stable mate, Pirates, with a first place $5.1 million. However, it was disappointing relative to past Pixar releases Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and Toy Story 2, each of which opened above $10 million. Overall, Cars made $9.9 million over the weekend for a $111.7 million tally.

In its international debut, You, Me and Dupree was welcomed Down Under with a solid $1.9 million from 217 screens, which was close to United International Pictures stable mate The Break-Up's launch earlier this summer. Dupree also opened in New Zealand, grossing $188,110 from 41 screens.

Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell in Miami Vice
Also making its first foreign splash, Miami Vice infiltrated the top spot in three Southeast Asian territories. In Taiwan, it made $438,024 from 55 screens, while, in Thailand, it grossed $407,778 from 51 screens and, in Indonesia, it netted $241,002 from 50. Miami Vice is unlikely to reach director Michael Mann's previous picture, Collateral, which ultimately grossed $116.7 million, but it should top Stealth's disappointing $44.8 million.

Monster House also had its overseas debut in Southeast Asia. In Hong Kong, the computer-animated feature generated a third-ranked $412,449 from 29 screens. It was a solid start, and distributor Sony will look to improve on its previous family duds Yours, Mine and Ours ($18.5 million overall total), RV ($12.8 million) and Zathura ($30.1 million).

Superman Returns continued its gradual slowdown with a sturdy $12.3 million from 50 markets. Its $131.6 million total will get a big boost from debuts in German (on Aug. 17) and Japan (on Aug. 19). Debuts keeping in line with the picture's previous performances were Sweden ($499,000 from 90 prints) and Norway ($484,000 from 75). However, in burgeoning Russia, it faltered with a disappointing $913,000 from 294 screens.

The latest fiascoes in Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties' foreign run came from South Korea ($476,000 from 93 screens), Taiwan ($197,000 from 105) and Israel ($102,000 from 34). The family sequel, however, had a decent start in Mexico, with $1.6 million from 671 screens, and has snared $22.9 million overall.

Domestic tanker Poseidon had an excellent opening in Spain with a first place $3.4 million from 410 prints, bettering the debuts of such past disaster pictures as Armageddon and The Perfect Strom by more than 65 percent. Poseidon's overall total improved to $114.5 million.



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