Around the World Roundup: 'Charlie' Charges Past $200M, 'Deuce' Scores in Australia

by Conor Bresnan
September 27, 2005


Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
strong launch in Italy was enough to send Charlie and the Chocolate Factory past the $200 million mark and remain No. 1 at the foreign box office. After a $13.8 million weekend from 52 markets, the picture jumped to $201.1 million—the sixth movie of the year to reach that milestone.

With strong media buzz and positive reviews, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ranked first in Italy with $2.7 million. It was also on top in Denmark with a $307,000 opening from 67 screens. The two markets were the last major debuts of Charlie's overseas schedule, leaving it to rely on holdovers from here on out.

Tim Burton's family feature has thrived thus far in holdover markets, led by the United Kingdom's $65.3 million. In Japan, Charlie eased seven percent in its third weekend. It made $3.9 million for a $22 million total, light years ahead of animated movies such as Madagascar and Shark Tale. More impressive was South Korea's nine percent drop from last weekend's holiday opening. Its $1.6 million weekend staved off new entries to remain the market's highest-grossing non-Korean movie, and the total rose to $5 million.

Pride and Prejudice displayed legs in its second weekend in the U.K. The Jane Austen adaptation fell 16 percent to $3.5 million from 403 screens for an $11.6 million total. It also entered the Netherlands with $282,401 from 50 screens, moderate but in line with what Shakespeare in Love did and ahead of Billy Elliot.

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo scored a No. 1 launch in Australia, with $1.4 million from 226 screens. The strong result was aided by the lack of competition. A $2.2 million overall weekend upped its foreign tally to $11.2 million.

Steve Carell
Like so many American comedies before it, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin failed to break the language barrier. Coming off a solid $10.9 million run in the U.K., the sex comedy disappointed in three foreign language debuts. The best of the lot was a second place finish in Brazil, with only $348,000 from 81 sites. It failed to crack the top five in Greece with $190,829 from 37 screens. It also bowed in Denmark to a meager $106,118 from 25 screens.

Cinderella Man grabbed about $6.2 million mostly from holdovers for a $27 million total. The Russell Crowe boxing drama grossed $255,000 in its Belgian debut. Holdover totals grew to $3.4 million in the U.K., $3.3 million in Italy, $2.8 million in Spain, and a sturdy $2.3 million in Mexico.

In France, Bewitched conjured $2.4 million from 491 screens—it's top-ranked opening was another in a long line of positive results after a disappointing domestic run. The overall weekend came to $4.1 million, pushing the romantic comedy's total to $51.3 million.

Land of the Dead crawled to third place in the U.K. with $1.6 million from 318 playdates. George A. Romero's zombie saga has had a relatively good run thus far, totaling $20.6 million overall.

Fantastic Four tumbled 55 percent in Italy, but still managed a powerful $2.2 million weekend from 549 screens for an $8.9 million total. In Japan, the Marvel Comics adaptation was off 27 percent to $1.3 million for a $5.6 million total. The overall international tally improved to $159.2 million.

Flightplan landed at No. 1 in Malaysia, grossing $175,000. The Jodie Foster thriller won't visit most foreign countries until late October and November.

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