'Bourne' at No. 1 for fifth time
'Simpsons Movie' takes No. 3 spot in soft overseas marketAs the major studios find dates for late-summer leftovers and slowly roll out new entries during a traditionally slow period, August tentpole "The Bourne Ultimatum" dominated the overseas market for a third week in a row and the fifth time in the past six weeks. "Bourne" grossed $13.8 million from 3,782 playdates in 40 territories, lifting its international cume to $145.2 million.
An earlier high-profile tentpole, the animated "The Simpsons Movie," maintained a hold on third place with a weekend haul of $5 million from 1,544 screens in 11 markets for an international cume of $332 million.
As it expands its global run, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" took in $5.2 million from 1,602 dates in 26 countries for an early cume of $26.9 million. Recent overseas entry "Superbad" tallied $5 million from 1,039 screens in seven markets, and "No Reservations" delivered $4.6 million from 2,100 prints in 50 markets to raise its international cume to $30.7 million.
Screen Gems' "Resident Evil: Extinction" opened day-and-date with the domestic bow in five overseas markets, including Mexico, Taiwan, Russia, the Ukraine and Malaysia. Because of complicated overseas split-rights distribution arrangements, only the results from Mexico (a No. 1 bow and $2.1 million opening from 310 screens via Sony International), and Taiwan (also a No. 1 bow and $1.1 million opening from 110 screens via Fox International) were available at press time. The Russia, Ukraine and Malaysia bookings were handled by local territorial distributors. According to Sony, the Mexican opening was the biggest of the year in the territory, with the third film in the franchise beating the second "Resident Evil" by 60%. Sony has most of the international market, with the exception of Asia (not including Japan) and German-speaking and French-speaking markets.
Disney/Pixar's animated "Ratatouille" keeps rolling along as it gears up for fall school holidays in Europe and hopes to stay around in some markets for a piece of the year-end holiday business. Over the weekend, it took in $4.3 million from 2,393 screens in 27 countries to raise its cume to $215.8 million. The film's sole new opening was in South Africa, which contributed $292,000 from 80 screens for a No. 1 arrival. But the big news was the film's performance in France. According to Disney International, it went up 9% in its eighth week in France, where it held second place with a weekend score of $1.5 million for a market gross of $56.2 million. France's fondness for "Ratatouille" is believed to stem from the theme of the animated film, which deals with a country rat's culinary adventures at a French restaurant.
"Bourne Ultimatum" had No. 1 openings in India, Portugal and Serbia, and No. 1 holdovers in markets that included Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Germany held at No. 1 for a third weekend in a row with $7.5 million at 723 screens, off 33% for an 18-day total of 10.9 million. France grossed $2.6 million from 479 screens, down 31% for a 12-day total of $7.5 million. The film is scheduled to open in 11 more overseas markets, including Italy on Nov. 1 and China on Nov. 15.
"The Simpsons Movie" held on to the No. 1 position in its second weekend in Italy, scoring $4.6 million from 706 screens for a market gross of $17.4 million.
"Hairspray," holding the No. 1 spot in Australia for a second weekend (market cume: $5.8 million), took in $3.8 million over the weekend to lift its foreign gross to $48.2 million.
"Superbad's" weekend take came from a No. 2 opening in Australia ($1.7 million from 225 screens), but it did not do as well in Italy, where it could only muster $445,000 from 237 screens. Denmark provided $172,000 from 56. "Superbad" is set for Russia, Thailand and Israel this coming weekend.
"No Reservations" opened at No. 1 in Spain, taking in $1.5 million from 298 prints. Key holdover markets include Australia with $4.3 million; Mexico, $2.9 million; Korea, $1.1 million; and the U.K., $2.1 million.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" went up to $642.1 million as it added $1.4 million over the weekend from 2,100 screens in 46 territories.
"Atonement," No. 1 in the U.K. for the past two weeks, fell to No. 2, tallying $2.3 million, off 18% for a 17-day total of $13.3 million. But in Italy, it opened at No. 7 with $531,000 from 183 screens.
More overseas results: "Shrek the Third," $3.3 million (cume: $464 million); "Disturbia," $3.2 million (cume: $31.7 million); "Die Hard 4.0," $1.3 million (cume: $235.8 million); "28 Weeks Later," $1.5 million (cume: $31.3 million); "Stardust," $1.5 million (cume: $19.6 million); "A Mighty Heart," $1.7 million (cume: $2.9 million); "Rush Hour 3," $2.1 million (cume: $71.1 million); "Evan Almighty," $2.2 million (cume: $56.8 million); and "Knocked Up," $1.9 million (cume: $51.5 million).