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Around the World Roundup: Yo Ho, Yo Ho, Eight in a Row

by Conor Bresnan
Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
August 29, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest led the international market for the eighth consecutive weekend. The blockbuster generated $18.6 million on 6,579 screens in 42 territories, and its overall total climbed to $556.1 million, making it the ninth highest foreign grosser ever.

The supernatural swashbuckler's weekend was highlighted by an all time best debut in Greece of $2.6 million, and outstanding market tallies include United Kingdom's $91.6 million, Japan's $74.1 million and Germany's $55.5 million.

Impressive debuts and a No. 1 hold in France propelled Michael Mann's Miami Vice to an $11 million weekend. Opening 85 percent better than Mann's Collateral, Vice bagged $3.7 million in Germany, along with $549,591 in Austria, while, in France, it decreased 41 percent in its second weekend to $2.5 million for a $7.8 million total. Vice will look to improve its $52 million total in Japan next weekend.

Cars revved up its foreign campaign with a $5.2 million debut in Italy, the fourth largest start ever for animated picture there. The Pixar feature also set an animation benchmark in China with $1.2 million from a limited 135 screens. All told, Cars weekend came to $10.6 million, pushing its total to $159.3 million.

In Spain, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties picked up $3.1 million from 415 screens. The opening was below the original, but still strong for the genre. The family feature grossed $7.2 million for the weekend and has $79.9 million overall.

You, Me and Dupree shined in the U.K. with a $3.1 million start from 409 screens. The opening was on par with Meet the Parents, and Dupree's overall total rose to $13 million.

Snakes on a Plane struggled out of the gate in a barrage of Asian countries. The horror thriller was average in Hong Kong ($179,329 from 24 screens), Malaysia ($207,887) and Singapore ($265,740 from 31), and it disappointed in Australia with $782,137 from 225 screens. Overall, Snakes charmed just $3.7 million from 17 nations for a $7.8 million total.

Monster House struggled in its largest release yet. The animated comedy ranked sixth in France with a meager $1.3 million from 406 screens, and it disappointed in Russia ($731,677 from 259) and Taiwan ($168,983 from 19) as well. Despite ten debuts, it grossed only $5.7 million over the weekend for a $29 million total.

Superman Returns' weak holds in Japan and Germany resulted in a $3.2 million weekend. In Japan, the Man of Steel dropped 35 percent, grossing $1.5 million for $6.8 million total, while, in Germany, the movie dived 61 percent to $645,000 from 665 pints for a $3.1 million total. All told, it has made $173 million and $200 million may be out of its reach.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti in


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