Around the World Roundup: 'Prada' Struts to Third Victory
by Conor Bresnan
October 23, 2006
|Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada|
For the third weekend in a row, The Devil Wears Prada led the foreign box office, grossing $18.6 million for a fabulous $104 million overall total. The fashion comedy had one major opening, Sweden's $606,405 from 66 screens, as holdovers propelled its weekend. Italy and Germany were its biggest markets, each contributing about $3.5 million after minimal drops. Next weekend, Prada strikes South Korea.
Open Season snagged second place with $7.8 million from 25 territories, including a first place debut in France that yielded $2.3 million from 628 screens. The computer-animated comedy's overall total stands at $23.8 million.
In third place, World Trade Center garnered a $6.8 million weekend from all but a handful of nations for a $69.9 million total. The 9/11 drama dazzled in the Philippines with a surprising $303,849 from 50 screens, topping United 93's final total by a whopping 355 percent. It also continued a solid run in Japan with a $1.6 million third weekend for a $12.6 million tally.
The Departed delivered a fourth place $5 million from 14 markets over the weekend. In Australia, the crime drama grabbed $1.4 million from 276 prints, down 28 percent for a $3.9 million total, and, in the United Kingdom, it dipped 26 percent to $2.7 million for a $15.1 million total. The Departed will look to beef up its $25 million cumulative in Spain and Italy next weekend.
Rounding out the top five, The Guardian picked up $4.3 million from 16 markets for a $9.3 million tally early in its run. The Coast Guard drama was ho-hum in its openings. In the U.K., it ranked third with $1.5 million, while in Mexico it saw a more impressive second place $1.2 million.
The Prestige had three Southeast Asian premieres along with its domestic debut. In Taiwan, the magic mystery bagged a strong $678,000 from 78 prints in first place. Elsewhere, it was second in Singapore with $202,000 and fifth in Malaysia with $62,000.
Also opening alongside domestic was the re-release of Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas in Japan, nabbing a potent $70,000 from three screens. The 13-year-old animated feature's wide expansion next weekend includes the U.K. and Australia.
Children of Men rolled into five major territories but mustered a disappointing $2.9 million. The dystopian drama opened below expectations in Australia ($598,092 from 162), Spain ($555,629 from 165 screens) and Russia ($502,950 from 173). However, the picture showed promise in Belgium and France, recording $193,332 and $808,886 respectively. Its $11.6 million overall total is mostly a product of its $8.8 million U.K. run.