Around the World Roundup: 'Prada' Prances to the Top

by Conor Bresnan
Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada
October 9, 2006

The Devil Wears Prada insinuated itself atop the foreign box office over the weekend, grossing $19.4 million. The United Kingdom was the fashion comedy's biggest market with a first place $6.1 million opening from 446 screens, and it also ranked No. 1 in Russia ($2.3 million) and Spain ($2.1 million). Prada's overall total stands at $41.5 million with much of the world ahead.

Retreating to second place but as powerful as last weekend, World Trade Center drew $12.5 million for a $39.4 million total. In Japan, the 9/11 drama grossed $3.3 million, its largest opening to date and 237 percent higher than United 93 earlier this year. It stumbled in Australia with just $685,604 from 195 screens but, nonetheless, topped United 93 in all of its 17 openings over the weekend.

Click continued its solid overseas run, ranking third with $8.7 million from 69 territories for a $73 million total. Though the Adam Sandler comedy's openings disappointed, like France's sixth place $705,963 from 234 screens, its holdovers were sturdy, including a 29 percent drop in the U.K. ($7.3 million total) and a 26 percent drop in Spain ($3.3 million total). All told, Click will soon surpass 50 First Dates's $75.6 million to become Sandler's highest foreign grosser yet.

At fourth place was the English-language German production Perfume - The Story of a Murderer, yielding $7.6 million from eight markets over the weekend for a $58.5 million total, nearly half coming from Germany alone.

Rounding out the top five, The Departed had five day-and-date openings with the United States, scoring $6.4 million. The crime drama's biggest start was the U.K.'s $4.3 million, by far director Martin Scorsese's best ever there. A remake of the Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs, The Departed also opened in Hong Kong, and, while its $498,500 was high for the genre, it was just 17 percent of Infernal's 2002 debut.

Miami Vice headed Italy with a $1.6 million start from 207 screens, which was strong for the cop genre, and the movie has two territories ahead (Lebanon on Oct. 27 and China on Nov. 1). With $91.3 million in the till overall, Vice should cross the century mark by the end of its run.

Also in Italy, Scoop had its first foreign outing, ranking second with a potent $1.5 million from 352 screens. The Woody Allen comedy likely won't match Allen's Match Point, which had $55.1 million overall, but should hit the range of his Melinda and Melinda ($16.3 million).

Jackass: Number Two had its international debut in the Netherlands, notching $402,693 from 50 screens, which was $17,000 shy of its predecessor.

Meanwhile, The Guardian made a small splash overseas in its second weekend, claiming first place in Indonesia ($100,000) and Argentina ($130,000). The Coast Guard action drama's first major openings will be in Spain and the U.K. on the coming weekend.

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