'Prada' still fashionable, finishing first globally


Contrary to the old industry saw that domestic satire doesn't travel well, 20th Century Fox International's "The Devil Wears Prada" dominated the international boxoffice for the weekend, collecting an estimated $17.3 million from 2,900 screens in 35 territories.

Co-starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway and based on Lauren Weisberger's novel about life at a glossy fashion magazine, "Prada" benefited from a wider overseas breakout in about 15 new territories. The most notable were No. 1 openings in the U.K., (an estimated $6.1 million from 446 screens), Spain ($2.1 million from 300 sites) and Finland ($170,000 from 20 locations).

France recorded solid holdover boxoffice, with a second-weekend estimate of $2.6 million from 508 screens for a market total of $7.8 million.

"Prada" also ranked No. 1 in its second weekend in Australia, garnering an estimated $1.9 million from 321 screens for a market cume of $7.9 million. In its third weekend in Mexico, the boxoffice tally was an estimated $634,000 from 321 sites, for a $4 million market cume.

"Prada's" international gross stands at $45.5 million.

Finishing in the second spot for the weekend was Paramount/Intermedia Films' "World Trade Center," which bowed in 17 territories and yielded an estimated $12.5 million from 3,428 screens in 36 markets. Its overseas total stands at $40 million.

Director Oliver Stone's Sept. 11 drama bowed at No. 1 in the all-important Japan market, grossing an estimated $3.4 million from 400 screens. It also placed in the top spot in Singapore ($286,000 from 24 screens) and finished No. 2 in Norway, Sweden and Israel. The biggest of the holdovers was the U.K., where "WTC" generated an estimated $1.6 million from 408 screens for a market cume of $6.4 million.

Coming in third for the weekend was "Click," the Adam Sandler comedy from Sony Pictures Releasing International, scoring an estimated $8.9 million from 3,020 screens in 50 territories. So-so openings in France (an estimated $600,000 from 234 sites) and Portugal ($280,000 from 40 screens) were offset by strong second weekends in the U.K. ($2.5 million from 418 sites), Germany ($1.4 million from 632 screens) and in Spain ($1.2 million from 307 locations).

Sony said that "Click," with an international cume of $73.1 million, soon will surpass 2004's "50 First Dates" as Sandler's biggest overseas boxoffice draw. "Dates" wound up with an international cume of $75.6 million. A $90 million cume for "Click," Sony said, is "assured."

At No. 4 for the frame is Disney/Pixar's "Cars," which wound up with an estimated $3.1 million from 2,420 screens in 21 territories. Winding down its overseas run, the animation title bowed at No. 1 in Thailand (an estimated $353,000 from 105 screens) and logged a strong No. 3 showing in its fifth weekend in Germany ($1 million from 870 locations for a $11.3 million market total).

In all, "Cars" boosted its international gross to $209 million. Its worldwide tally is $452.5 million.

The fifth spot goes to Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which garnered an estimated $2.6 million for the weekend at 2,400 screens in 33 territories for an international total of a whopping $636 million. Its global boxoffice stands at $1.056 billion.

A hodgepodge of domestic titles were introduced on a broader scale internationally during the weekend. Disney's "The Guardian," the sea rescue drama co-starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher, bowed at No. 1 in Argentina and Indonesia and also finished first in its second weekend in Israel. Its weekend total was an estimated $335,000 from the three smaller markets.

Sony's animation entry "Open Season" bowed at No. 1 in Brazil, Venezuela, Chile and Peru, finishing the weekend with an estimated $2.1 million from 930 screens in 16 territories and raising its overseas total to $3.8 million. Bows in the U.K. and Mexico are due this weekend.

Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies' animation title "Barnyard" bowed in five new territories, yielding an estimated $1.3 million from 771 screens in nine territories. Its international total stands at $3.7 million.

"Step Up," the musical drama about young dancers that Universal picked up for distribution in four territories, had a high-stepping $1.1 million weekend from 196 screens, off just 27% from the previous weekend. The Summit Entertainment/Touchstone production finished No. 2 in the Australia and New Zealand territories.

In the U.K., Universal introduced "Accepted," a Steve Pink comedy about a high school burnout who applies to a fictitious college. Its weekend tally was $675,000 from 248 dates. Meanwhile, Paramount/MTV Films' "Jackass Number Two" bowed in the Netherlands to an estimated $356,000 from 50 locations.

Michael Mann's "Miami Vice" from Universal pulled an estimated $2.3 million for the weekend at 1,195 screens in 40 markets, largely on the basis of a strong opening in Italy ($1.5 million from 277 sites). Its overseas total stands at $91.3 million. Universal's "You, Me and Dupree" yielded an estimated $1.8 million from 1,100 screens in 34 markets, lifting its international cume to $42.7 million. In the U.K., Universal's "Children of Men" grossed $900,000 from 333 locations for a 17-day cume of $7.6 million.

Other cume updates: Universal's The Break-Up," $82.8 million; Fox's "The Sentinel," $35.7 million; DreamWorks Animation's "Over the Hedge," $165 million; Fox's "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," $29.5 million; Universal's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," $94.2 million, and the same distributor's "United 93," 42.3 million.

Warner Bros. International, claiming "a lack of sufficient information," declined to provide weekend boxoffice numbers, as did Summit Entertainment, the overseas distributor of "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer."