Around the World Roundup: 'Prada' Still in Vogue
by Conor Bresnan
October 30, 2006
|Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada|
Working the top spot in its fourth weekend, The Devil Wears Prada grabbed $17.6 million at the foreign box office, lifting its total to $130.4 million.
The fashion comedy enjoyed impressive openings in South Korea ($2.9 million from 241 screens) and Belgium ($869,117 from 60) and strong holds like Germany's $2.7 million and Italy's $2.3 million third-weekend grosses. Still ahead are Japan, China and the Middle East as the movie continues to have no direct competition.
Open Season's addition of 14 markets pushed it to a second place $11.1 million weekend for a $40.4 million total. In Russia, the animated comedy opened to $3.1 million from 479 screens, which matched Over the Hedge's start last June and topped the debuts of Cars and Finding Nemo. It also saw second-weekend bumps in France, up 17 percent climb to $2.3 million for a $5.3 million total, Malaysia (up nine percent for a $421,723 total) and Argentina (up 11 percent for a $322,482 total).
Placing third, The Departed had an $8.4 million weekend for a $38.6 million tally. Martin Scorsese's crime drama was tops in Spain with $2.3 million from 371 prints, out-gunning Mr. Scorsese's previous best, The Aviator, by nine percent. In Italy, it ranked second with $2.1 million from 401 prints. Next up on the picture's schedule are the Netherlands (Nov. 9) and Brazil (Nov. 10).
Fourth place went to 7 Zwerge - Der Wald ist nicht genug (a.k.a. Seven Dwarves 2). The German family comedy sequel dominated the German-speaking regions with an $8.4 million weekend, but generated less than half of what its predecessor opened to in 2004. In Germany, it grossed $6.6 million from 770 venues, and, in Austria, it was relatively better with $1.5 million from 100 screens. The original made $48 million in Germany alone.
Saw III rounded out the top five with an estimated $6 million. The horror sequel ripped $4.7 million from the United Kingdom, a franchise best and its first No. 1 debut there. It also entered Taiwan with a third place $320,000. By the end of its overall run, Saw grossed $47.7 million, while Saw II wound up with $57.1 million.
Also kicking off its international campaign was Flags of Our Fathers, garnering a $3.3 million weekend from four markets. The World War 2 drama waged second place $1.6 million debuts in both France and Japan, where it out-drew all of director Clint Eastwood's previous starts.
Pushing its foreign tally to $2.5 million The Prestige continued to shine in the smaller Asian markets. Potent openings came out of Hong Kong ($210,000 from 29 prints) and Singapore ($175,000 from 30), while Taiwan is the movie's big grosser with $1.4 million in two weeks.
Step Up has been as surprising internationally as it was domestically. Over the weekend, the dance drama entered the U.K. with a $2.3 million from 307 screens, and it has already spent several weeks atop many Eastern European countries including the Czech Republic ($268,330 total), Poland ($1.6 million) and Slovakia ($168,355). It's also fared well in Australia ($4.5 million) and the Netherlands ($3 million). All told, Step Up's tally stands at $19.6 million from about 30 percent of the world.
|Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in Step Up|
Meanwhile, Over the Hedge finished its foreign tour in Italy, which has also served as the final market of fellow DreamWorks titles Shark Tale ($11.8 million total there) and Shrek 2 ($28.6 million). Over the Hedge opened to a strong $2.1 million from 243 screens, and its foreign cumulative grew to $167.7 million.
• 2006 Worldwide Grosses