Summer tentpoles still scoring

'Bourne' No. 1 with $20.2 mil; others raise overseas cumes

Without any competition from early fall entries, tentpole holdovers from the summer season continued to draw overseas moviegoers as they held on to key playdates around the world during a traditionally soft period.

Universal Pictures International's "The Bourne Ultimatum," a late starter in the summer blockbuster parade, snared the No. 1 position again with $20. 2 million from 4,052 screens in 41 markets, lifting its cume to $124.4 million. "The Simpsons Movie," still going strong on 2,339 screens in 16 markets, pulled in $10 million to raise its cume to $321.3 million. Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille," holding on to 3,092 screens in 34 countries, increased its international cume to $210.6 million as it added $5.8 million over the weekend. And "Shrek the Third," another high-profile summer animated offering, went up to $459.2 million as it registered $5.6 million from 1,348 screens in 18 markets.

The past weekend also witnessed a scramble to eke out few boxoffice dollars from lesser summer offerings as well as an effort to get a few new titles off the ground without wide releases and a major marketing effort.

You might say that the highly anticipated teen comedy "Superbad" from Sony is kicking off the fall entries. It hit the market with $3.1 million from two markets, opening No. 2 in the U.K. with $3 million from 471screens and No. 5 in New Zealand ($145,000 from 62). The film is getting ready to make a big splash this coming weekend with dates in Australia, Italy, Sweden, Portugal and Denmark.

The comedy-drama-romance "No Reservations," starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, took in $4.6 million over the weekend from 2,095 prints working in 45 markets. The Warner Bros. Pictures International release opened at No. 4 in Germany ($942,000 from 426 prints), France ($733,000 from 247) and Italy ($586,500 from 223).

In the U.K., "Run, Fat Boy, Run," the romantic comedy directed by David Schwimmer, held on to first place for a second weekend, taking in $3.1 million from 411 screens for a 10-day cume of $9.1 million. "Atonement," also in its second weekend in the U.K., finished third with $2.8 million from 413 screens with a market cume to date of $8.9 million. "The Bourne Ultimatum" was No. 5 in its fifth weekend in the U.K., racking up $1.5 million for a market gross to date of $43.5 million. "Disturbia" entered the market at No. 5 ($1.5 million from 400 screens), and "Knocked Up," in its fourth session in the U.K., brought in $931,325 for a market cume of $14.9 million.

In France, U.S. films performed well, with "Bourne" registering at No. 1; "Ratatouille," No. 2; "The Simpsons Movie," No. 6; and Michael Moore's "Sicko" coming in at No. 8.

New Line's "Hairspray" arrived at No. 1 in Australia with $2.9 million from 306 screens and No. 1 in New Zealand with $303,730 from 70. The weekend tally came to $5.6 million from 2,033 screens in 36 markets, lifting the international cume to $42.5 million. "Rush Hour 3" tallied $4.5 million from 2,647 screens in about 30 markets to raise its cume to $66.1 million.

"Die Hard 4.0," the Bruce Willis sequel, added another $2.2 million over the weekend from 967 screens in eight markets to hoist its cume to $233.7 million.

Sony Animation's "Surf's Up" scored $3.1 million from 2,263 screens in 33 markets to raise its cume to $42.9 million. It opened at No. 3 in Germany with $1.1 million from 546 screens.

"I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" arrived at $20 million after a weekend tally of $3.6 million from 1,418 screens in 22 markets. "Knocked Up" took in $2.7 million from 1,307 screens in 19 countries to reach a cume of $48.5 million.

Paramount's "Stardust," No. 1 in Mexico with a two-weekend total of $2.3 million from 307 screens, reached a cume of $17.4 million.

As "Bourne" reached a cume of $124.4 million, it passed the overseas cumes of the previous thrillers starring Matt Damon — "The Bourne Identity," $92 million, and "The Bourne Supremacy," $112 million.

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" reached an international cume of $639.2 million as it picked up $1.9 million from about 2,500 prints in 51 territories. "Phoenix" has delivered $99.5 million from the U.K., $75.3 million from Japan and $61.9 million from Germany.

"Ratatouille" relinquished its six-week hold on first place in France, moving to No. 2 and boasting a $54.5 million take to date. As the animated film awaits school holidays in Australia, "Ratatouille" picked up $1.5 million in its second weekend for a market cume of $5.1 million.

When "Ratatouille" passed $200 million last weekend, it became the ninth film to pass that benchmark this year. The over-$200 million films are "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Spider-Man 3," "The Simpsons Movie," "Shrek the Third," "Transformers," "Die Hard 4.0" and "300."

Cume updates: "Evan Almighty," $53.9 million; "Ocean's Thirteen," $192 million; "Mr. Bean's Holiday," $181.5 million; "Hot Fuzz," $54.3 million; and "Transformers," $380.2 million.
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