Around the World Roundup: 'Prada' Parade Continues
by Conor Bresnan
October 16, 2006
|Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada|
Showing legs and new muscle, The Devil Wears Prada topped the foreign box office with $22.7 million over the weekend for a $75.5 million total. Among openings, the fashion comedy led Italy with $3.7 million from 437 screens and Taiwan with $1.2 million from 98 screens.
Prada debuted in second to local productions in Germany and the Netherlands. In Germany, Prada's $4.4 million from 575 screens trailed German World Cup soccer team documentary Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen, which snatched $5.6 million and has $15.3 million in two weeks. In the Netherlands, Prada's $816,816 fell short of director Paul Verhoeven's multi-lingual Black Book, which has grossed $4.9 million in five weeks.
Holdover markets were Prada's bread and butter. The picture's $3.7 million weekend in the United Kingdom represented just an eleven percent drop for a $12.8 million total. Meanwhile, it nabbed $1.2 million in Australia and a top-ranked $1.9 million in France.
Ranking second overall again, World Trade Center claimed $10.3 million for a $58 million tally thus far. The 9/11 drama's strongest starts were in Italy (a second place $2 million) and South Korea (a third place $1.1 million). Other market totals include Japan's $9 million, the U.K.'s $7.9 million and Spain's $5.5 million.
The Departed entered 13 markets, propelling it to a third place $7.6 million weekend and $16.8 million total. Leading the way was Australia's top-ranked $1.85 million from a somewhat limited 276 screens, and the crime drama also had solid openings in Singapore ($306,000 from 33 prints), Thailand ($255,000 from 55), Puerto Rico ($228,000 from 39) and Indonesia ($157,000 from 35). The U.K. stands as The Departed's top draw with $10.4 million through its second weekend, and the picture's next key markets are Spain and Italy on Oct. 27.
Placing fourth overall, Open Season had a $6.9 million weekend for a $13.6 million tally early in its foreign campaign. The computer-animated comedy debuted at No. 1 in Mexico with $2.2 million from 614 screens, which paled in comparison with recent C.G. fare. Elsewhere, Open Season yielded a respectable $3.1 million from 475 British screens and an impressive $829,261 from Poland.
The Guardian's first major international launch was a solid one. The Coast Guard action drama hit No. 2 in Spain with $1.9 million from 400 screens. It also opened in Sweden ($235,000) and the Philippines ($220,000), and it strikes Germany, Mexico and the U.K. next weekend.