Around the World Roundup: 'Prada' Prances to the Top
by Conor Bresnan
October 9, 2006
|Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada|
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.