'Bourne' remains on run o'seas
Latest No. 1 finish raises global b.o. to $364.2 milAlthough it opened overseas Aug. 8, "The Bourne Ultimatum" endures as the top fall attraction on the international circuit with an estimated weekend gross of $13 million from 4,269 screens in 48 markets, raising its foreign take so far to $144 million.
The current No. 1 domestic title, Sony Screen Gems' "Resident Evil: Extinction," the latest in the video game-inspired sci-fi/ horror series, opened overseas in the top spot in just one market: Mexico. The weekend estimate was $2.2 million from 350 screens, representing a per-screen average of $6,286.
20th Century Fox International's Russian acquisition, the fantasy-horror thriller "Day Watch" (Dnevnoy dozor), had openings in Germany and Spain and yielded $1.2 million overall on the weekend from about 600 screens in 10 territories. Its overseas total is about $29 million, much of which comes from Russia, where Fox does not have distribution rights.
The weekend in general, though characteristically down for this time of year, was stronger than a year ago at this time. The top five titles this stanza grossed $34.2 million, compared with the $27.8 million grossed by the top five in the weekend ending Sept. 24, 2006.
Universal International's "Bourne" grabbed the top spot for the fifth time in the past six frames. It opened at No. 1 in India, Portugal and Turkey and held onto first place in France (an estimated $2.2 million from 468 screens for a 12-day market cume of $7.1 million), Germany ($1.7 million from 669 sites for an 18-day total of $10.9 million) and Austria.
In Korea, "Bourne's" second-weekend estimate is $2.6 million in the Seoul area from 276 situations for a lusty $9,420 per-screen average. The Korea cume stands at $6.9 million over 11 days.
The espionage actioner starring Matt Damon has pulled in $44.4 million over 40 days in the U.K. and remains in the market's No. 5 spot. With 11 more foreign territories to play, "Bourne's" worldwide gross is $364.2 million.
Universal said it placed four titles in the U.K.'s top 10 during the weekend — "Bourne," "Atonement," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" and "Knocked Up" — grabbing a 42% share of the market.
Finishing at No. 2 for the weekend was Fox's "The Simpsons Movie," which had a strong second weekend in Italy with an estimated $5.3 million from 706 screens for a market cume of $18 million. The overall weekend estimate for Homer and company was $6 million from about 2,000 screens in 21 markets. Its overseas cume stands at $332 million.
Finishing third was Universal's "Chuck & Larry," which laughed all the way to an estimated $5.5 million from 1,778 screens in 30 territories for an international cume of $27.4 million. It opened at No. 3 in the U.K. (an estimated $2.2 million from 408 screens) and No. 2 in Singapore.
In fourth overall was Sony's "Superbad," which opened in five markets — the best of which was Australia, with an estimated $1.7 million from 230 screens. Its weekend total was $5 million from 1,060 spots in eight markets, moving its overseas cume to $10 million.
Thanks to a No. 1 bow in Spain, Warner Bros. International's restaurant romancer "No Reservations" finished fifth for the weekend with an estimated $4.6 million from 592 situations in 50 markets, good for an international cume of $30.7 million.
Other overseas cume updates: Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille," $215.5 million; "Disturbia," from DeamWorks/ Paramount Pictures International, $32 million; Universal's "Evan Almighty," $57 million; Fox's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," $145.6 million.