Around the World Roundup: 'Jumper' Clings to Top Spot
by Conor Bresnan
March 2, 2008
|Hayden Christensen in Jumper|
While Rambo and There Will Be Blood had the most openings, Jumper led the foreign box office again last weekend. Crowding the Top 40 chart, however, were 15 local movies, including four new releases. Turkey's Recep Ivedik had the most powerful launch, grossing $5.2 million from 230 screens, the second highest debut on record there. France's Paris collected a superb $5.4 million from two markets, and Die Wilden Kerle 5 led Germany and took $4.1 million from four territories. Also opening at the top of its local chart was Russia's My iz buduschego (We Are from the Future), making $3.1 million from two countries.
Despite the new competition, Jumper grabbed $21.7 million from 40 territories for a $60.4 million total. Generally, the action picture has had average holds for its genre and continued to open to higher numbers than last year's Ghost Rider. France was Jumper's only major opening, where it yielded a spectacular $4.6 million from 586 screens, over 50 percent bigger than Ghost Rider. Other openings in Belgium ($648,117 from 75), New Zealand ($512,282 from 70) and Sweden ($523,961 from 82) were equally impressive.
Climbing to second place, Rambo showed some muscle, earning $11 million from 34 territories for a $38.9 million total. The action sequel added 11 territories including Italy, where it beat Sweeney Todd with $2.6 million from 409 screens to lead the market. Rambo was also warmly received in Taiwan ($291,538) and Finland ($170,595 from 23) but wasn't as good in Australia ($1.1 million) and the United Kingdom ($2.5 million), ranking third in both markets.
Astérix aux jeux olympiques became the highest grossing movie in its franchise, topping Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre . With no openings, the comedy was off 32 percent to $10.1 million for a $108.1 million total.
Thanks to an excellent $2.4 million start in Italy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street placed fourth over the weekend with $8.5 million from 52 nations for an $81 million total. In Germany, however, it posted a moderate $1.5 million from 320 screens, ranking fifth.
With no new territories, National Treasure: Book of Secrets fell to fifth place with $7.7 million from 30 markets for a $213.2 million total.
In sixth with $7.6 million, Juno finally started to show some strength. The comedy's overall gross, now at $39.2 million, is still nowhere near its domestic run but it is on track to soon exceed Superbad. In Brazil, the movie opened with a fantastic market-leading $1.3 million from 146 screens.
No Country for Old Men has tallied $37.4 million thus far and will try to capitalize on its Best Picture Oscar win to hit $100 million. If it fails, it would join Crash as the only two Best Picture winners not to reach the milestone in the past 15 years. The crime drama's Asian openings last weekend were not impressive, including South Korea ($93,488 from 15 screens), Taiwan ($12,570 from 6) and Hong Kong ($83,247 from 7), though its $1.7 million debut in Italy was decent.
Fellow Oscar nominee There Will Be Blood had the largest array of new territories last weekend but was less than average in most of them. The drama, however, has held well, including a 33 percent rise in Norway and a six percent decline in the U.K.), so its $10.3 million total gross is primed to grow quickly.
Three movies made their international debuts last weekend. Be Kind, Rewind showed some promise in the U.K., ranking second with $2.7 million from 366 screens. Vantage Point snared a terrible $1.8 million from six important markets, only topping Mexico with a so-so $829,311 from 300 screens and floundering everywhere else. Step Up 2 the Streets opened atop the Netherlands with $731,915 from 90 screens, beating its predecessor by 34 percent. Three other small releases helped the sequel earn $914,684 over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Earth continued its startling run. The documentary fell just three percent in its third weekend in Germany to $3.3 million for a $10.9 million total and nearly matched the opening of Die Wilden Kerle 5, the latest entry in the popular local franchise. Overall, Earth has made $49.6 million.
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