Around the World Roundup: 'Night' Reigns for Third Weekend

by Conor Bresnan
Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum
January 16, 2007

Night at the Museum led the foreign box office for the third consecutive weekend with a $20 million from 38 markets. The sole family event in the world right now, Night surged past the $150 million mark. The movie's weekend was highlighted by Brazil's $2.8 million opening from 502 screens, which was distributor 20th Century Fox's third highest launch of all time there. Elsewhere, Night stayed on top in Germany ($2.6 million weekend) and remained potent in the United Kingdom ($3.9 million), Russia ($983,000) and Mexico ($1.5 million).

Eragon and Casino Royale duked it out for second place internationally, but the result was too close to call with each grossing about $10.2 million. Eragon continued to surprise with the Philippines' top-ranked debut $529,000 and South Korea's second place $2.8 million start. Eragon's most impressive market has been France where, after four weeks, it has grossed $20 million.

Casino Royale had no openings but became the first James Bond picture to crack the century mark in the U.K. alone, accumulating $101.3 million after a $1.6 million ninth frame. Elsewhere, Casino slid 47 percent in its second weekend in Italy for a $7.7 million total and nabbed $1.3 million in its eighth weekend in Germany for a $48.2 million tally.

Will Smith demonstrated his overseas bankabilty again with the four-market release of The Pursuit of Happyness. The drama beat out Rocky Balboa to top Italy with $4.7 million from 391 screens, more than doubling Smith's previous picture, Hitch. Pursuit was tops in Australia ($2.8 million from 222) and the U.K. ($5 million from 413 screens) as well, each of which were on par with Hitch. Since Bad Boys generated $75.6 million overseas in 1995, eight out of ten Smith vehicles have grossed more than $100 million internationally, and Pursuit aims to join the club after a $12.7 million weekend.

Sylvester Stalone in Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa packed punch with a $9.5 million weekend from six markets. The franchise's sixth installment was a knock-out in Spain with a top-ranked $3.4 million from 301 screens. In Italy, Balboa delivered a potent, second-place $3.7 million start from 331 screens, and it also opened in Mexico to $1.6 million from 369 screens.

Crossing the $100 million mark, The Holiday grabbed $7.5 million over the weekend, which included two solid openings in Mexico ($817,042) and Argentina ($153,027). Also climbing past $100 million were Open Season and Perfume - The Story of a Murderer.

Pathfinder and Smokin' Aces debuted internationally in advance of their domestic releases and solid starts for their genres. Smokin' Aces hit the U.K. with a third-place $2 million from 338 screens, which was slightly higher than previous crime comedy Lucky Number Slevin. Meanwhile, period action picture Pathfinder opened in four markets to $1.9 million, highlighted by Russia's $1.5 million.

Also making its foreign debut was The Last King of Scotland in the U.K. with a solid $1.7 million from 246 screens. By comparison, The Queen opened to $1.6 million there.

In addition to Eragon, Deja Vu and Blood Diamond debuted in South Korea. Deja Vu landed in sixth place with a potent $1.7 million from 200 screens, and, overall, the time travel thriller has done better than expected overseas with $79.5 million. Blood Diamond came in ninth with $983,666 from a low 138 screen count. The adventure drama made $3.3 million overall in its second foreign weekend.

International Box Office Results
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