Around the World Round Up: 'Bridget' Fancied

by Conor Bresnan
November 24, 2004

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was No. 1 internationally for the second weekend, taking in $20,651,260 from 1,816 screens in 18 territories. The overseas total climbed to $58,969,962.

In Denmark, Bridget beat Alien vs. Predator and The Incredibles (week 2) with a $529,574 weekend, neck and neck with 8 Mile to be Universal's third biggest opening there ever behind Van Helsing and Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Its opening day was the highest ever for a Working Title picture and was 168% bigger than predecessor Bridget Jones's Diary's opening.

The romantic comedy sequel captured Israel with $240,586 at 32 dates, Universal's and Working Title's biggest opening ever there. It was 9% bigger than Bridget Jones's Diary's debut.

Bridget opened at No. 1 in New Zealand ahead of the debuts of Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and The Polar Express and had 51% market share. The weekend gross was $604,778 at 65 dates, which made it Universal's and Working Title's biggest opening weekend ever there. It was 167% bigger than Bridget Jones's Diary's bow.

In Norway, the Renee Zellweger vehicle had an outstanding $1,003,712 at 79 screens, far ahead of the No. 2 movie, The Incredibles (week 2). Again, Universal and Working Title enjoyed new opening milestones. The debut was 112% bigger than Bridget Jones's Diary's.

The Edge of Reason was No. 1 in Portugal as well, 58% bigger than Bridget Jones's Diary's opening day. The weekend gross was $433,616, Universal's third biggest ever behind 2 Fast 2 Furious and Jurassic Park: The Lost World.

In South Africa, the weekend gross was $375,483, Universal's seventh biggest and 36% better than the opening weekend of Bridget Jones's Diary.

Bridget opened at No. 1 in Spain with a 23% market share. The weekend gross was $2,585,325 at 312 dates, Working Title's best opening there and Universal's ninth biggest. It was 89% bigger than Bridget Jones's Diary.

In Sweden, Bridget's $734,011 at 80 screens was neck and neck with The Incredibles (week 2) for No. 1. The opening was Universal's fourth best and Working Title's biggest ever there. It was 16% bigger than Bridget Jones's Diary's debut.

The Edge of Reason also opened in the Czech Republic/Slovakia, grossing $303,290 from 22 screens.

In holdovers, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was just as impressive. It held strong in the United Kingdom at No. 1, ahead of the openings of After the Sunset, The Manchurian Candidate and Taxi. Bridget's weekend gross was $9,358,679 (£5.4 million), off 29% from last weekend excluding previews, for $38,437,219 (£21 million) in 10 days. Compared to Bridget Jones's Diary, it is 82% ahead in US$ and 43% ahead in pounds sterling. It's already Universal's fifth highest grossing picture there ever in US$ and seventh biggest in pounds sterling.

Bridget was again No. 1 in Australia with a 33% market share, far ahead of openers The Grudge and The Polar Express. The weekend gross was $2,515,502 at 262 screens, off 42%. The 11-day total is $8,119,119, 54% ahead of Bridget Jones's Diary at the same point.

In Holland, Bridget eased 14% to $977,389, off just 14%, raising its total to an outstanding $2,470,827 in 11 days. That's 135% better than Bridget Jones's Diary at the same point.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason opens in six more territories next weekend, including Mexico and Russia.

Universal had the No. 1 and No. 2 pictures in the U.K. with Bridget at No. 1 and The Grudge at No. 2. The Grudge grossed $1,456,993 (£880k), off 47% in its third week. The 17-day total is $11,607,583 (£6.3 million). It will pass Saw (now in its eighth week) this week.

With his new animated feature Howl's Moving Castle, director Hayao Miyazaki has again set the opening weekend record for a local movie in Japan, following the milestones of Princess Mononoke in 1997 and Spirited Away in 2001. Spirited Away went on to become the highest grossing movie of all time in Japan with $234 million ($292 million including inflation). Howl's Moving Castle chalked up $14.3 million (¥1.48bn) from 448 screens in its first two days, eclipsing previous record holder Bayside Shakedown 2 from 2003 and 40% ahead of Spirited Away. Overall, it was the third biggest opening in Japan behind the first two Harry Potter movies.

Howl's Moving Castle distributor Toho now projects a possible $480 million gross, which would equate to nearly one-third of Japan's entire population seeing the movie. Back in 2001, Toho under-predicted Spirited Away. Howl Moving Castle's 448 screens also surpassed Bayside Shakedown 2's 408 as the widest release ever.

The Incredibles smashed opening weekend cartoon records in Singapore and Malaysia. In Singapore, it grossed $797,000, 36% ahead of Finding Nemo. Malaysia recorded $550,000, 50% bigger than the prior animated champion Dinosaur.

The Pixar picture had incredible two-day preview attendance in the U.K., grossing $6.5 million before its nationwide bow on Friday. It opened officially in two theaters in London, grossing $280,000.

In holdovers, The Incredibles was fantastic. Sweden fell 34% for $2.2 million so far, Taiwan moved to $1.9 million after a 25% drop, and Denmark has $1.5 million after a 41% dip. At the Grand Rex theater in Paris, it has racked up $644,000 in two weeks. On Sunday, it notched 14,200 admissions in the 2,000-seat auditorium to mark the single-day record for any theater in the country.

Overall, the animated superheroes grossed $5.4 million for an early $12.3 million total.

Shall We Dance had another fabulous weekend in the international arena. The romantic dance comedy accumulated $6.07 million from 2,039 screens in 17 countries for a $41.93 million total. It had one major start in Greece, grossing $423,493 from 51 screens—2% better than Chicago and 40% better than The Hours. However, holdovers provided the most business. In its third weekend in Germany, the movie fell just 25% to $1,787,516 from 619 screens for a $9,171,170 total. It fell 39% in Italy to $1,044,342 from 327 screens for an impressive $11,954,919 total through its fourth weekend. In sophomore sessions, it grossed $382,466 from 187 screens in Mexico (off 38%) for a $1,295,475 total and $100,423 from 78 screens in South Korea (off 72%) for a $608,083 total.

Alien vs. Predator mustered a strong $2.4 million in Spain from 397 screens, a top-ranked $1.6 million in Italy from 299 and $367,000 in Denmark. Overall, it grossed $6.3 million over the weekend at 2,343 screens in 32 territories. The overseas total stands at $67.5 million will easily surpass domestic's $80.3 million at this rate.

The Polar Express fared no better overseas than at home. In Australia, Robert Zemeckis' Christmas tale grossed $925,440 (AU$1,196432) from 226 screens, ranking third behind Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2nd weekend) and The Grudge. However, the opening was 15% higher than The Santa Clause 2 and Elf.

In New Zealand, The Polar Express earned $92,965 (NZ$132,675) from 58 screens, ranking third behind Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. The opening was 6% better than Elf and The Santa Clause and 36% higher than The Santa Clause 2.

A wider platform is scheduled for The Polar Express next week with openings in Germany, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Japan.

Seven Dwarfs (Sieben Zwerge - Männer allein im Wald) was No. 1 for the fourth weekend in a row in Germany and still has a 30% market share. It broke the record for the highest grossing 2nd and 3rd weekends ever for a German movie. The weekend gross was an unprecedented $4,092,893 from 827 screens, off 36%, which raised the 25-day total to $38,702,213. It started out 21% behind Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and is now 3% ahead of it.

In Austria, Seven Dwarfs was No. 1 for the fourth weekend in a row and had a 23% market share. The weekend gross was $370,504 at 103 dates, off 46%. The 24-day tally is $4,353,221, and it will pass the final gross of Shrek 2 next week. In German-Switzerland, it has grossed $2,010,333 in 25 days.

Seven Dwarfs' weekend gross was $4,752,148 at 973 dates in the above three territories and the total after 25 days is $45,065,767.

The Manchurian Candidate's international campaign got some vitalizing juice from the U.K. and Belgium to record a strong $4,509,419 from 1,658 screens in 23 markets for a $18,846,261 total. In the U.K., the remake had a solid $1,158,186 debut from 342 screens, topping .Training Day's $1,050,199 from 264 screens to become one of star Denzel Washington's best openings ever there. In Belgium, it grossed $215,963 from 25 screens.

The Manchurian Candidate still has Latin America and Asia ahead, but it looks like it won't top $40 million.

A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fiançailles) finally began to fall in the French markets, gathering $3.1 million from 775 screens for a $31.2 million total. Now in its fourth week in France, the Jean-Pierre Jeunet-directed drama grossed $2.8 million (€2.2 million) from 711 screens. After impressive holds there, it finally tumbled 46%, but still remained No. 1 in the market. Its outstanding total improved to $29 million (€22.6 million). It also maintained the top spot in French Switzerland for the fourth straight weekend with a total gross of $814,500 (Swiss Franc 974,500).

Opening in France was Yimou Zhang's House of Flying Daggers with $1.45 million in its first five days. Thanks to a $20.3 million run in Japan and over $10 million in China, it has grossed $44 million to date.

Exorcist: The Beginning continues to perform well overseas. In France, the horror prequel debuted to $1.2 million (€917,700) from 163 prints, boasting the highest per screen average in the top 10. The start was 14% better than Stigmata and 23% better than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In Austria, it bowed in third with $157,100 (€121,300) from 42 screens, 83% better than Secret Window and 15% better than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Including previews, it has grossed $178,400 (€137,800) there to date. Germany contributed a paltry $307,100 (€237,200) from 87 prints.

White Chicks surprised in South Korea with a $243,270 start from 82 screens ($312,007 including previews). Overall, the cross-dressing comedy grossed $1,201,270 from 799 screens in 26 markets for a $35,889,540 total.

After the Sunset had o.k. debuts in three markets. In the U.K., the caper made $1,220,757 from 316 screens, in line with its modest U.S. opening. Greece saw a more promising $299,493 on 42 screens, while Thailand was less impressive with $180,000 on 65 screens. After two weeks of release, it has made $2,430,085 overall.

Cellular culled $1,800,528 from 973 screens in a total of 16 markets. With about half of its markets already in play, the thriller has grossed a solid $8,647,156. It opened in six markets, including France where it had a $1,080,608 start from 222 screens. Argentina recorded a promising $100,617 from 31 screens, and Serbia had a $14,783 gross from six screens. It wasn't as potent in Lithuania ($5,382 from 3), Mexico ($380,160 from 200) and Norway ($38,617 from 15).

Taxi had a disappointing launch in the U.K., grossing just $988,020. That led to a $1.9 million weekend and a $6.5 million total.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow bombed in yet another market with $361,901 opening from 121 screens in Germany. The sci-fi adventure has mustered just over $11 million in over 20 markets.



Weekend Gross

Theater Count

Territory Count

Total Gross


Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason






Howl's Moving Castle






Alien vs. Predator






Shall We Dance






The Incredibles






Sieben Zwerge-Manner allein im Wald






The Manchurian Candidate






Shark Tale












Exorcist: The Beginning (WB only)






The Forgotten












Bad Santa












After the Sunset






White Chicks






The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement






The Polar Express





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