Around the World Roundup: 'Poseidon' Rises to the Top

by Conor Bresnan
Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss in Poseidon
June 27, 2006

The World Cup and hot weather in Europe quieted the foreign box office further over the weekend. In part, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy as distributors avoided competition with the final World Cup rounds. Domestic dud Poseidon rose to the top with $9.1 million.

Russia was Poseidon's most potent market, opening to $1.9 million from 371 prints in first place. In Brazil, the disaster remake debuted at No. 1 with $901,000 from 291 screens. It had several solid holds as well. In France, it dipped 31 percent to $1 million for a $2.8 million total, and, in Argentina, it stayed on top with $202,000 ($695,000 total). Its overall total climbed to $84.7 million and the $100 million milestone is around the corner.

Current domestic champ, Adam Sandler's Click, opened at first place in Australia and New Zealand, respectively grossing $3 million from 281 screens and $349,034 from 47 screens. Both were slightly higher than Sandler's 50 First Dates.

Over the Hedge also debuted in Australia, grabbing $3.1 million (including previews) from 249 screens. The computer-animated comedy was just shy of Cars' start earlier this month while playing on 121 fewer screens. Hedge is doing well so far with $24 million overall and almost three-fourths of the world left to go.

The Lake House had its foreign premiere in the United Kingdom over the weekend. At $1.4 million from 343 screens, the romantic drama was in line with its moderate domestic start and ranked second in the market.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift maintained the lead in the U.K. with a $1.9 million second weekend, down 43 percent for a $6.6 million total. In Australia, though, the action sequel tumbled 57 percent to $1 million for a $4 million total. In each new country, Tokyo Drift took first place: Finland, Indonesia ($293,944 from 46 screens), Portugal ($296,690 from 40), Romania and Trinidad and Tobago.

A solid start in France helped The Break-Up achieve a $3.7 million weekend from 11 territories. With the box office about to escalate with the Fete du Cinema beginning, The Break-Up put itself in good position with a $1.1 million gross from 301 screens. The debut topped both How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Wedding Crashers. The Break-Up also opened well in Belgium ($366,455 from 44 screens) and Greece ($347,038 from 47).

The Da Vinci Code posted yet another stellar weekend with $8.6 million, bringing its total to $495.3 million. The thriller is still going strong in Japan, grossing $2.2 million in its sixth weekend for a $67.8 million. It also opened in two small markets: Oman ($27,209 from 3 screens) and Qatar ($81,642 from 4 screens).

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