Pitt crime caper 'Snatch' preems in U.K.
In an eventful weekend at the overseas box office, “X-Men” excited audiences in Germany, Austria and the Philippines, Guy Ritchie’s crime caper “Snatch” had a killer world preem in its native U.K., and “Hollow Man” flexed its muscles in Spain and South Korea. Adding to the momentum, “Scary Movie” posted the best-ever bow for a Miramax release Down Under and the Coen brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” had plenty of admirers in its first playdate in France.
Figures from some distribs were sketchy or unavailable due to the Labor Day holiday, so there was no report, for example, on “Scary Movie’s” opening in Japan.
“X-Men” captured $5.2 million in four days on 784 screens in Germany, Fox’s fourth-highest debut ever in the territory and the second-biggest so far this year after “Mission: Impossible 2.” The superheroes snared $602,000 on 102 in the Philippines, $486,000 on 97 in Austria and $265,000 on 45 in Finland.
All told, “X-Men” amassed an estimated $12.4 million from 3,381 engagements in 31 countries, hoisting cume to $73.9 million, Fox reported Monday. Despite the “X-Men” invasion in Germany, “Road Trip” actually improved by 14% in its second weekend there, scoring an estimated $5.6 million in 11 days.
Snatching a record
Toplining Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina and Vinnie Jones, “Snatch” hatched $4.7 million (including previews) on 532 in the U.K. — an all-time high for an 18-certificate release and a record for a September opening.
“Hollow Man” conjured up $2.1 million on 209 in Spain, a territory best for Columbia TriStar Intl., $566,000 on 31 in Korea (the distrib’s second-highest entry ever) and $173,000 on 35 in New Zealand.
“Scary Movie” bagged $1.6 million on 260 in Oz, fractionally ahead of the “Scream 2” launch and Roadshow Film Distributors’ biggest opening this year. A combo of the horror spoof, the start of a monthlong 38% ticket discount to combat the Olympics, the Australian Football League grand final in Melbourne Saturday and Father’s Day Sunday sent the holdovers into a tailspin. “Road Trip” crashed by 51% after lusty bow, tallying $2.3 million in 11 days, and “Hollow Man” plummeted by 48% for a wan $1.6 million in the same period.
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” a Depression-era saga set in the Deep South and toplining George Clooney and John Turturro, took pole position in Paris, selling 123,000 tickets at 44 locations for an estimated gross of $615,000. Nationwide figure wasn’t available.
Going ‘Nutty’ abroad
In its first foreign engagements, “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” took a tepid $1.4 million on 504 in France, an OK $285,000 on 64 in Belgium and $238,000 on 24 in Singapore.
“Gone in 60 Seconds” dipped by an acceptable 33% in France, stealing a rousing $7.5 million in 12 days. The Nicolas Cage vehicle garnered $8.2 million in 21 territories; cume topped $90 million and will pass the century mark next weekend after it charges into Japan.
“Mission: Impossible 2” is closing in on $300 million abroad, standing at $292.8 million. John Woo’s extravaganza has collared a potent $750,000 in 10 days in China, where “Gladiator” (foreign cume: $242.2 million) has taken a smart $2.5 million in 26 days.
“Space Cowboys” launched in Italy with an estimated $403,000 on 149, according to one tracking service that monitors about 75% of the market’s total B.O. “Cowboys” landed in fourth behind “The Patriot’s” soph session, the “Scream 3” debut and “Final Destination’s” second outing, but Warner Bros. said that the bow ranks as Clint Eastwood’s biggest there, based on early indications.
“Disney’s The Kid” landed in Hong Kong with a fair $150,000 at just 15 locations and slid by 29% in Spain, fetching a solid $1.7 million in 10 days. “Titan A.E.” at last gave some succor to Fox, notching a respectable $570,000 on 275 in Spain. But the animated pic’s cume is a slim $10.7 million about halfway through its foreign journey.
“Big Momma’s House” waddled into Taiwan with a moderate $309,000 on 59; cume is $40.3 million, putting to shame the $32.5 million earned by “Me, Myself & Irene.”