Around the World Roundup: 'Bourne' Ekes Past 'Simpsons'
by Conor Bresnan
August 22, 2007
|Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in The Bourne Ultimatum|
It was another close call at the foreign box office over the weekend as The Bourne Ultimatum narrowly edged out The Simpsons Movie. Bourne added eight nations, ballooning its gross to $22.6 million for a $33.5 million total.
The United Kingdom supplied much of Bourne Ultimatum's weekend haul. The action thriller opened to a fantastic $12.7 million from 447 screens there, more than double its predecessors' openings. More impressive was Spain, where Bourne opened on Tuesday to gain business from the Assumption Day holiday. It tabulated $4.9 million over its first six days there, which means it will top the final tallies of its predecessors this week. New heights for the franchise were also seen in Denmark ($527,605 from 49 screens), Finland ($218,304 from 26), the Philippines ($659,025 from 96) and Singapore ($763,977 from 29).
Meanwhile, holdovers were a mixed bag. While Bourne Ultimatum tumbled 65 percent in the United Arab Emirates ($925,412 total) and 68 percent in Thailand ($1.3 million total), it eased 29 percent in Indonesia ($993,678) and 42 percent in South Africa ($765,688). Bourne lands in seven new territories this weekend, including Brazil and Russia.
Falling to second place, The Simpsons Movie bagged $22.3 million from 49 territories for a $267.6 million total. The cartoon comedy had two terrific openings in Russia and Brazil. In Russia, it brought in $3.7 million, which was ahead of Scary Movie 4 and double Evan Almighty. In Brazil, it made $2.7 million from 442 screens, which topped Ratatouille. The Simpsons wasn't so hot in the Netherlands where it grabbed a disappointing $840,880 from 190 screens.
Most of The Simpsons' holdovers have been strong. For instance in Finland, the picture's $239,903 fourth weekend was larger than The Bourne Ultimatum's debut. In Serbia & Montenegro, The Simpsons is now the highest grossing non-local movie of the year at $246,839, almost doubling Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Most notable, however, is the picture's dynamite run in the U.K. It held onto second place, down 29 percent to $3.1 million for a four-weekend haul of $68.8 million. The Simpsons hits South Korea this weekend.
Ratatouille secured third place with a $16.7 million weekend from 30 markets for a $149.4 million total. The animated comedy continues to wow in France with a $7.9 million third weekend, off just 12 percent for a $36.3 million total. Other mighty holds came from the Netherlands (down 18 percent), Hong Kong (down 35 percent) and Japan (down 11 percent). Ratatouille also had a few strong openings in smaller markets: Iceland ($56,907 from 10 screens), Lithuania ($123,445 from 9), Malaysia ($346,343 from 52), Slovenia ($56,753 from 12) and the United Arab Emirates ($195,818 from 19).
|A scene from Ratatouille|
Fourth for the weekend, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix eased 35 percent to $15.6 million for a $591.2 million total. In its second weekend in China, the fantasy sequel fell 41 percent to $3.2 million for a $13.35 million total. In local currency, it was the first Harry Potter to pass 100 million Yuan Renminbis. At the same time, Order of Phoenix continued to lead in Japan with a stellar $2.6 million fifth frame for a $63.4 million total. Potter opens in its final major market, Greece, this weekend.
Rush Hour 3 rose to fifth place with a surprisingly strong $11.4 million from 14 territories for a $26.8 million total. The action comedy topped its two predecessors in Germany with a solid $4 million opening from 604 screens. In Jackie Chan's traditionally successful box office market of Hong Kong, it disappointed with a $449,057 debut from 35 screens. The picture, though, looked good in Norway ($357,139 from 32) and Thailand ($728,423 from 150). Holdovers had falls over 40 percent as expected.
Transfomers nabbed sixth place with an $11.1 million weekend from 52 territories for a $354.3 million total. The action spectacle had a terrific launch in India with $1 million from 262 screens, but its European premieres weren't as successful. In Poland, its $663,540 from 106 screens wasn't enough to top Surf's Up opening a week earlier. In the Czech Republic, its $175,090 from 21 screens was only a third of Shrek the Third's debut. In Slovenia, its $74,879 from 8 wasn't even enough to lead the market. Meanwhile, the movie fell 26 percent in Japan for a $24.1 million total. This weekend it strikes Latvia, Serbia & Montenegro and Vietnam.
|A scene from Transformers|
Meanwhile, Surf's Up finally saw some good business, generating $6.9 million from 38 markets over the weekend for a $24.7 million total. The animated comedy nabbed $2.7 million from its six-day opening in Spain and it led Venezuela with a fantastic $311,240 from 60 screens. In the U.K., it was down just one percent in its second weekend for a $4.6 million total.
Domestic non-starter Stardust picked up $4.8 million from five markets for a $9.1 million total. The fantasy feature added two more impressive starts in South Korea ($2.3 million from 176 screens) and the Ukraine (a top-ranked $577,317 from 75 screens), but looked awful in the United Arab Emirates ($102,840 from 19 screens). In Russia, it fell 40 percent for a $6 million total.
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