Around the World Roundup: 'Horton' Takes a Hit

by Conor Bresnan
A scene from Horton Hears a Who
April 6, 2008

At the foreign box office last weekend, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! climbed to the top spot despite dropping 46 percent. The computer-animated comedy bagged $13 million from 52 markets, lifting its total to $75.6 million, but saw steep post-Easter drops across the globe. One of its biggest was in the United Kingdom where it was off 68 percent, compared to a 49 percent fall for another family movie in the market, The Spiderwick Chronicles. Horton had only a few openings, including Taiwan (an impressive, top-ranked $357,303) and South Africa ($275,000), and it has yet to debut in several key markets like Poland, South Korea and Japan.

Taking a bigger hit, 10,000 B.C. tumbled 55 percent to $12.5 million for a $143.2 million total. The prehistoric adventure had dreadful falls in most places but, in China, it regained the lead from National Treasure: Book of Secrets, down 45 percent there for a $7.6 million tally.

French record holder Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis nabbed third place with $12.1 million for a $161.3 million total. In France, its $10.7 million fifth weekend was nearly six times higher than the second place movie.

Although it had better holds than Horton, The Spiderwick Chronicles fell 47 percent to $8.5 million from 49 markets for a $48.8 million total. Its only opening was in Egypt with a paltry $15,244 from 6 screens.

Rejuvenated by openings across Latin America and Germany, Jumper grabbed $8.4 million over the weekend from 49 territories. The action picture led Germany with $2.4 million from 405 screens and Austria with $311,744 from 59 screens, each a smidgen more than Ghost Rider last year. Across Latin America, the movie had great starts in Brazil ($1.2 million), Mexico ($2 million) and Venezuela ($303,751). All of its openings ranked first, and its overall total rose to $122 million.

Superhero Movie and Never Back Down made their international debuts, but their respective markets aren't indicative of how most territories will perform. Superhero Movie mustered a decent $1.2 million from Russia and the Ukraine, while Never Back Down earned a solid $896,745 in Australia, ranking third.

Meanwhile, The Golden Compass's foreign campaign fired its final salvo in China, opening in third place with a lukewarm $1.3 million. The fantasy was higher in its fifth week in Japan, where it has grossed a strong $27.3 million. Despite disappointing domestically with $70.1 million, the picture has made $292.2 million overseas so far, representing a whopping 80 percent of its worldwide box office. The foreign-to-domestic ratio is a new record for an American-financed movie that grossed more than $50 million domestically.

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