Around the World Roundup: 'Museum,' 'Casino' Top Attractions
by Conor Bresnan
January 9, 2007
|Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum|
Night at the Museum remained the weekend champion overseas with a $29.8 million haul from 38 markets. The family comedy was powered by strong second weekends in the United Kingdom ($5.9 million), Germany ($5.5 million) and Russia ($3.7 million), but more impressive was the movie's third weekend in South Korea ($2.5 million for a $20.2 million total). Among openings, Museum recorded the eighth-highest of all time in Peru with $471,000 from 82 screens and led Greece with $900,000 from 66 screens.
Casino Royale surged to $17.8 million over the weekend for a $371.2 million total, reinvigorated by Italy. Ranking first, the new James Bond opened to a potent $4.4 million from 425 screens, bettering Superman Returns and Mission: Impossible III. Remarkably, Casino still made more than $2 million in both Germany and the U.K. for respective market tallies of $46.6 million and $98.9 million. Soon, it will become only the third movie in the U.K.'s history to gross more than $100 million, joining Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
With decent openings in Argentina ($295,000) and Chile ($280,000), Eragon placed third internationally with a $15.4 million weekend. Its total stands at $139.3 million total or more than double what it's done domestically.
Happy Feet continued to shine Down Under, remaining in first place with $3.3 million. Down 38 percent, its current $15.2 million total is on par with Ice Age: The Meltdown. Overall, Happy Feet generated $13.5 million over the weekend for a $141.5 million total.
Notching $12 million from 43 territories, The Holiday pushed its total to $91.1 million. The romantic comedy's sole opening was Hong Kong (a second-place $435,287 from 23 screens), but its standout markets continue to be Germany ($12 million total) and the U.K. ($22.7 million), which was also the case for Nancy Meyers' previous picture, Something's Gotta Give. Next weekend, The Holiday hits Argentina and Mexico.
Apocalypto nabbed an estimated $8.3 million over the weekend for a nearly $20 million total. In the U.K., Mel Gibson's period action movie drew $2.6 million from 385 screens, breaking the opening record for a foreign-language picture. It also surprised in Italy, coming in second to Casino Royale with $3.2 million from 316 screens. The blood-soaked picture is also having a tremendous run in Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria ($131,957 total), Poland ($910,488) and Russia ($3.9 million), and just added Romania to that list with a superb $70,887 weekend from five screens.
|Rudy Youngblood in Apocalypto|
Charlotte's Web rebounded from last weekend's dismal performance with a decent start in Germany and strong holds elsewhere. The children's book adaptation surprised in Germany with a $1 million opening from 401 screens, but disappointed in Brazil with $220,931 from 94 screens. Among holdovers, Web fell three percent in Mexico for a $1.3 million total and grew by 31 percent in the Netherlands, notching $1.2 million to date. The overall tally is $14.4 million.
Employee of the Month opened better than expected in the U.K. with $2 million from 320 screens, which was on par with Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and improved its foreign total to an estimated $2.6 million.
Letters from Iwo Jima topped Japan for the fifth consecutive weekend with $2.1 million. The Flags of Our Fathers follow-up has generated $30.4 million from Japan alone, while Flags has grossed $25.1 million from over 50 markets.
Blood Diamond started the New Year off with a moderate $3.4 million from its first batch of international releases. The adventure drama was solid in Australia with $1.5 million from 188 screens, which was on par with The Aviator, and ranked third in Brazil with $615,000 from 100 prints. Its sole first place debut was in Singapore, where it earned $339,000 from 30 prints. Next up is South Korea.
Meanwhile, Rocky Balboa made its international debut over the weekend, but figures from Australia weren't available at time of writing. Figures from Denmark were strong, though, with the sixth installment in the franchise posting $258,611 from 22 screens.
• International Box Office Results