Around the World Roundup: 'Ratatouille' Still Served at Top Spot

by Conor Bresnan
A scene from Ratatouille
November 1, 2007

Ratatouille remained atop the foreign box office for the fourth straight weekend. With no major openings left, the animated comedy began its predictably slow fall, grossing $22.6 million for a $348.2 million overall total. Its highlight was its second weekend in Italy, where it was down just 28 percent to $4.5 million from 624 screens for a $13.9 million total. Other markets generally continued to hold well.

Debuting in second place and maintaining the series' potency, Saw IV generated $12.4 million from 15 markets over the weekend. The horror sequel's openings were generally less than Saw III, by a small margin, but were ahead of the other two movies. In Spain, it snagged $2.4 million from 300 screens, which was 20 percent less than Saw III but, in Turkey, it bagged an impressive $1.1 million, which was 52 percent bigger than Saw III. Saw IV also looked good in Australia ($1.7 million from 238 screens), the U.K. ($5.1 million from 393 screens) and Brazil ($973,851 from 217 screens).

Stardust fell to third place, yet its box office jumped 28 percent to $10.9 million from 44 territories for a $60.6 million total. The fantasy had mediocre openings across the globe, including Japan's $656,113 from 242 screens, Spain's $1.1 million from 230 screens and France's $1.1 million from 347. Holdovers were much weaker than previous weeks with Brazil tumbling 63 percent, Italy off 64 percent and Venezuela down 45 percent.

The German animated comedy Lissi und der wilde Kaiser landed in fourth place with a fantastic $6.8 million from three territories. In Germany, it racked up $4.9 million from 790 screens, which was 48 percent higher than Chicken Little. It added $1.7 million and $117,987 in Austria and German-Switzerland, respectively.

Rounding out the Top Five was Surf's Up, which after 21 weeks of release has mustered $63.9 million, a relatively paltry sum for its genre. The animated comedy's weekend tally came in at $4.3 million from 36 territories. Most of that gross came from unimpressive starts in France ($2 million), Brazil ($1 million) and Greece ($165,046).

Other noteworthy grosses included Halloween's ten debut markets. Results ranged from mediocre, like Germany's $625,738 and Russia's $626,478, to awful, like Norway's $31,768 and the Netherlands' $78,694. So far the horror remake has made just $7 million.

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising is also failing overseas, grossing a mere $3.2 million from 30 markets over the weekend for an $11 million total. The fantasy didn't even crack the Top Five in Lithuania ($9,364), Portugal ($26,506) and Slovenia ($3,902), and its top market remains Spain, where it has made $3.2 million in three weeks. Meanwhile, Elizabeth: The Golden Age had its foreign debut in Italy and boasted a solid $2 million from 323 screens, which nearly doubled the recent starts of Knocked Up, Stardust and Resident Evil: Extinction.

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