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Around the World Roundup: 'Pink Panther' Prowls Top Spot Again

by Conor Bresnan
Steve Martin in The Pink Panther
March 28, 2006

Though Inside Man snared some promising debuts over the weekend, The Pink Panther was at the helm of the foreign box office again, boasting a $10.6 million weekend for a $61 million total.

Solid holdovers accounted for about 80 percent of Pink Panther's business, exemplified by its second weekend in the United Kingdom where it fell 36 percent to $2.2 million for a $6.4 million total. The movie bowed in Italy with a moderate, third place $1.3 million from 346 screens, as well as in Thailand, grossing $243,000 from 90 screens in first place.

With a $9.6 million debut weekend, Inside Man did not mimic V for Vendetta's disappointing performance of last weekend. The heist thriller topped three of its four major territories, bettering what The Interpreter opened to last year in all of them. Inside Man was strongest in the U.K., grossing $3.2 million from 354 screens. In Germany, it made $2.3 million from 297 screens, and, in Brazil, it claimed $720,000 from 113 screens. However, results from Asia were paltry at best.

Final Destination 3 has quietly delivered a potent international run. Over the weekend, though, it made some noise, grabbing $5.8 million. The horror picture debuted in first place in France and Russia, grossing $1.9 million from 369 screens and $1.2 million from 164 screens, respectively. In Italy, it landed in fourth place with $1.1 million from 272 screens. With a $31.7 million tally so far, it's on track to top Final Destination 2's $43.5 million final total.

V for Vendetta scored $5.3 million over the weekend from poor holds and small openings. Scandinavia has been the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak foreign campaign. The politically-charged thriller opened in first place in Norway and Finland, grossing $232,000 from 30 prints and $127,000 from 25 prints, respectively. Among holdovers, Sweden was the only nation to fall less than 40 percentóV eased 6 percent there for a $616,000 total. Other tallies include the U.K.'s $4.2 million, South Korea's $2.4 million and Germany's $1.9 million.

Brokeback Mountain's strong overseas run continued with a $4 million weekend, led by Germany's third weekend tally of $1.2 million from 292 screens. At $83 million overall, Brokeback's foreign haul surpassed its domestic total.

A scene from Hostel
Hostel grossed $4 million, led by the U.K.'s $2.1 million second place start from 304 screens. The gruesome horror picture wasn't as impressive in Spain, notching $1 million from 250 screens for a fourth place finish. Hostel is having a profitable yet disappointing run. With $15.4 million overall so far, it should end up with $30 and $40 million, quite a bit less than the Saw movies.

When a Stranger Calls topped the Australia for the second straight week. The thriller fell only 29 percent to $585,104 from 186 screens for a $1.7 million total.

Coming off its impressive U.K. run, The Hill Have Eyes entered Germany with a similarly strong debut of $1.2 million from 350 screens. Overall the horror remake has grossed $6.8 million early in its international run.

Pride and Prejudice's international run neared its end with a stop in South Korea. With a $1.1 million debut from 150 screens, the period romance was comparable to Love Actually there. The overall total stands at $73 million.



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