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Around the World Roundup: 'World Trade Center' Rises

by Conor Bresnan
Nicholas Cage in World Trade Center
October 2, 2006

World Trade Center climbed to the top of the foreign box office over the weekend, grossing $12.6 million from 20 territories for a $22.4 million running tally. The 9/11 drama again bettered United 93 in all of its openings.

In the United Kingdom, World Trade Center posted its largest debut with a second place $3.2 million from 410 screens, behind Click. It also opened well in Spain with $2.3 million from 311 screens and in Germany with $1.7 million from 496 screens, each start nearly 75 percent of United 93's total grosses. Holds have generally been solid for World Trade Center, though last weekend's standout market, France, tumbled 50 percent to $1.3 million for a $4.3 million total.

Click surged to second place with a $10.9 million weekend for a $59.5 million total. In the U.K., the Adam Sandler comedy nabbed a first place $3.4 million from 421 screens, though openings elsewhere were decent if unimpressive starts, including Germany ($2.1 million from 630 screens) and Spain ($1.7 million from 315 screens.) It was a disappointment in Italy with a fourth-ranked $912,663 debut from 199 screens.

Shaping up to be an international hit, The Devil Wears Prada grossed $8.9 million to rank third over the weekend, lifting its total to $20 million. The fashion comedy scored strong $3.6 million openings in both Australia and France.

Last weekend's top-ranked picture, Perfume - The Story of a Murderer may have lost its lead but none of its potency. The English-language German thriller made $7.1 million from just six countries over the weekend for a $47.3 million total. It remained No. 1 in Germany with a staggering $5.5 million third weekend gross for a territory tally of $28.4 million. At this rate, Perfume could cross the century mark in international receipts alone, a feat usually left to French pictures like Amelie and Asterix et Obelix.

Falling to fifth, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest claimed $4.1 million. The supernatural swashbuckler was down 56 percent in Italy to $2 million for a $23.3 million total. Overall, it has $631.6 million.

Open Season had two day-and-date releases with the United States. In China, the computer-animated comedy eked out $339,501 from 250 screens, the worst animated import debut of the year. It fared better in Taiwan with $241,269 from 20 screens.

Finally ending its foreign run, Capote entered Japan and made just $51,791 from 4 screens. Like In the Bedroom and Good Night, and Good Luck. before it, Capote never translated well overseas, though it earned a respectable $19.7 million, led by France's $2.9 million.

In Denmark, Over the Hedge delivered a superb $496,157 start from 67 screens and held firm in the rest of Scandinavia. Overall, its weekend came to $1.5 million for a $160 million total.

Meanwhile, The Children of Men eased 25 percent in the U.K. to $1.8 million for a $5.7 million total. The sci-fi dram next opens in France and Belgium on Oct. 18 and in Australia and Russia on Oct. 19.



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