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Around the World Roundup: 'Bean' Regains Lead

by Conor Bresnan
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean's Holiday
April 16, 2007

Swapping positions for the third time Mr. Bean's Holiday and 300 again led the foreign box office over the weekend, this time with Bean on top. Three other movies had very wide but mediocre launches.

Mr. Bean registered $15.6 million from 38 territories, down 50 percent for a $124.4 million total. The comedy continued to play best in the United Kingdom where it had a $2.9 million third weekend for a $36 million total. Second weekend holds were all over the map. Mexico eased three percent to $728,606 for a $2.6 million total while Hong Kong dove 57 percent for a $2.3 million total. Italy held well with a 41 percent fall ($5.3 million total) along with Greece ($1.9 million total). Mr. Bean's international campaign has slowed down and will see two releases next week in India and Poland.

Claiming second place was 300 with $13.8 million from 61 markets, off 57 percent but pushing its tally to $203.5 million. The computer-generated battle picture experienced massive second-weekend drops in Germany and Australia. Germany, which warmed up last weekend with the highest temperatures in 50 years, saw patrons skip the theatre, sending 300 down 68 percent to $1.9 million. In Australia, where there was no new competition, 300 tumbled 58 percent to $1.8 million.

Entering the international chart at third, Perfect Stranger had a woeful beginning with $8.6 million from 39 countries. France ($1.7 million from 365 screens) and Spain (a top-ranked $1.9 million from 362 screens) were its only solid markets, while the other debuts ranged from mediocre to downright depressing. The U.K. fell into the latter category with $547,930 from 257 screens, and similar results were posted in Germany ($634,495 from 395) and the Netherlands ($96,998 from 36). Moderate debuts came from Italy ($1 million from 302), Taiwan ($129,372) and Brazil ($621,521 from 143). The Ukraine's $236,144 debut, though, was promising for Perfect Stranger's Russian premiere next weekend, when the thriller opens in 15 markets.

William H. Macy in Wild Hogs
As surprising overseas as it was at home, Wild Hogs rang up an impressive $8.1 million from 18 markets to rank fourth. The comedy was led by a first place U.K. opening of $3.7 million from 400 screens, which was on par with Click and Wedding Crashers. Wild Hogs also reigned in Mexico with a second weekend take of $950,000, down 29 percent. With many more markets ahead, Wild Hogs will build on its $28 million overall total.

Meet the Robinsons appears to have landed in fifth place with $5.7 million from 33 markets for a $36 million total. The animated comedy had no openings, but earned a strong $1.3 million in its second weekend in Australia—a 57 percent increase from its debut.

Opening in 22 markets, Sunshine was soft with $5.3 million from 30 territories. The sci-fi thriller did well in France with a $1.2 million debut from 380 screens but was average in New Zealand ($120,149 from 36), Switzerland ($60,285 from 11) and Finland ($42,745 from 15).

Shooter landed in the flabby category as well, managing $4.3 million from 19 markets for an $8 million total. The action thriller's debuts in Russia ($789,315), Spain ($870,285) or Greece ($173,847) were mediocre. Next weekend, it opens in 29 territories, including many major markets.

Current domestic champ, Disturbia, had two strong openings overseas amounting to $1.7 million. The teen thriller took in $1.6 million from Australia and $125,924 from New Zealand, each start topping the comparable When a Stranger Calls remake.

Ghost Rider completed its international tour with a final stop in South Korea, delivering a second place $1.4 million from 240 screens. That comprised most of its $2 million foreign weekend, and its total climbed to $106.6 million. In its run, the comic book movie hasn't stood out anywhere but collectively made a solid impression, and its top markets have been the U.K. ($9.8 million total), Russia ($7.8 million) and Spain ($7.4 million).

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