'Munich' knocked off overseas throne

Publié le par David CASTEL

In the absence of any significant new rollouts internationally during the weekend, Steven Spielberg's "Munich," playing in 49 markets, found itself displaced from its No. 1 boxoffice spot by "Les bronzes 3: Amis pour la vie," a French-produced comedy that Warner Bros. is distributing in France.

"Les bronzes 3" grossed an estimated $14.3 million at 950 screens in its second weekend, with an astonishingly strong 1.9 million admissions. The Les Films Christian Fechner, TF1 Films Prods. and TPS Cinema co-production set an all-time opening-weekend admission record last weekend in France with 3 million customers. (The title also is being handled via local distributors in Switzerland and Belgium, for which weekend grosses were not available at press time.)

Although the film's second-weekend gross dropped 41%, the third in a series of comedies about a group of friends on vacation maintained a strong hold on the No. 1 spot in the market, surpassing comparable admission figures in France for "Star Wars" episodes I and III, all three "Harry Potter" titles and "Titanic" as well as three French-language hits, "Asterix et Obelix contre Cesar," "Les visiteurs 2" and "Taxi 2."

The third installment in a series begun in 1978 (following "Les bronzes" and 1979's "Les bronzes font du ski"), "Les bronzes 3" rolled up an estimated French market boxoffice cume of $43.2 million, nearly eight times that of "Munich's" cume in France and an estimated $8.8 million shy of "Munich's" total international cume-to-date ($52 million) in multiple markets.

"Munich," which had dominated the charts for the previous two weeks, pulled an estimated $11 million this weekend at 3,600 screens in 49 markets (nine new). Its global boxoffice cume stands at $96 million. The Spielberg drama performed nicely in opening weeks in Asia: No. 1 in Thailand with an estimated $150,000 from 21 screens; No. 2 in Hong Kong, with $205,000 at 21 sites; and No. 3 in Korea, with $2.1 million from 172 screens.

The third spot for the weekend went to Buena Vista International's unstoppable "Chicken Little," which yielded an estimated $10 million from 2,934 screens in 32 countries. It opened at No. 1 in the U.K. with an estimated $5.3 million from 485 screens and pulled in $1.5 million in its third weekend, on 824 screens, in Germany, for a market cume of $9.3 million.

Fox International's "Walk the Line" and "Big Momma's House 2" finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with the former yielding an estimated $7 million at 1,218 screens in 18 markets (international cume-to-date $18.3 million; domestic $111.7 million) while "House 2" drew an estimated $6 million from 1,257 screens in 11 territories for an international cume of $21 million (domestic cume: $48 million).

Thanks to a former foreign distribution deal with MGM before that company's absorption into Sony, Fox introduced Sony's "The Pink Panther" remake with Steve Martin in Mexico, where it finished No. 1 with an estimated $1.3 million on 436 screens, and in Puerto Rico. The estimated international cume so far is $1.65 million.

With eight Oscar nominations, Focus Features' "Brokeback Mountain" played 19 territories for an estimated weekend tally of $5 million, raising its international cume to about $38.5 million. Sony International's "Fun With Dick and Jane" pulled in an estimated $5.7 million for the weekend from 2,675 screens in 50 markets. Its international cume is $62 million. In 38 markets, "Memoirs of a Geisha" (via Sony and Spyglass Entertainment) yielded a weekend estimate of $5.2 million for an international cume-to-date of $70.9 million.

BVI's "Bambi II," only available on DVD in the U.S., held strongly at an estimated $3.6 million in its second weekend internationally on 1,234 screens in 10 markets. In France, the title jumped 10% to $2.2 million at 576 screens. The distributor's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe" moved its worldwide cume to $657 million, of which $372.2 million is international, with an estimated $3 million weekend at 3,867 screens.

Universal's "King Kong" tailed off to an estimated $650,000 at 800 dates in 30 territories for a 61-day international cume of $324.7 million.

Publié dans Critiques USA

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