Warmed-over 'E.T.' melts few hearts at B.O.
Japanese auds turned out in force for “A Beautiful Mind” and horror fans in Britain got their kicks from “Blade II” last weekend while the “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” 20th anni reissue generally elicited the same kind of muted responses abroad as it did at home — or worse.
Meanwhile, “Ice Age” continued its mammoth run, capturing an estimated $15.8 million from 3,554 prints in 30 countries, hoisting foreign cume to $56.1 million. Figures in some markets either were unavailable or estimates due to the Easter Monday holiday.
In Japan, its last major market, “Beautiful Mind” drummed up roughly $2 million in two days on 250 screens, outrunning the bows of “American Beauty” and “Shakespeare in Love.” The four Oscars for the Ron Howard-helmed drama gave the pic sizable boosts in its fifth frame in Germany (up 38%, mustering approximately $8 million thus far), its sixth in Spain (jumping by 66% to $7.5 million); and its fourth in Oz (gaining 17% to $7.3 million). Estimated cume climbed to $82 million.
“Monsters, Inc.” reigned in Japan, whistling up $3.8 million in its fifth adventure, bringing the market total to $42.4 million. Overseas tally spurted to $215.6 million after the pic earned $9.6 million over the weekend.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” snared $3.6 million in its fifth orbit in Japan, amassing $42.3 million to date as cume topped $511 million.
‘Blade II’ bites into Blighty
In its offshore debut, Wesley Snipes starrer “Blade” top-scored in Blighty with $3.6 million on 355; the U.K. was the second most lucrative market for pic’s predecessor, earning $10.3 million.
The revamped “E.T.” resonated most effectively in Latin America, conjuring up $1.3 million on 309 in Mexico, $280,000 on 50 in Argentina and $200,000 on 95 in Brazil. But European auds seemed apathetic, typified by Spain’s tepid $820,000 on 267, the U.K.’s soft $670,000 on 315, Germany’s $500,000 on 650 and Italy’s estimated $170,000 in two days on 200. The grim German result was no surprise to one local exhib, who last week predicted a short run: “It was popular 20 years ago, but I doubt that it will attract today’s kids.”
Even worse, the reissue landed Down Under as a distant No. 12, managing just $170,000 on 174.
There’s no doubt the young brigade is favoring the fresh experience of “Ice Age” over the warmed-over “E.T.,” as Fox’s toon retained pole position in a bunch of markets including Germany (unearthing $15.3 million in 11 days), Mexico ($13 million in 17 days), Australia ($3.1 million in 11 days) and Brazil ($2.1 million in 10 days). The U.K. has delivered $8.8 million through its soph session. In South Africa, “Ice” minted $248,000 on 71, including sneaks, the market’s third-biggest bow of all time behind only “Rings” and “Mission: Impossible 2.”
Beginning its overseas campaign in Oz, the Robert De Niro/Eddie Murphy caper “Showtime” reeled in a fair $812,000 on 196. “Black Hawk Down” choppered into Japan with an OK $1.5 million on 266, elevating its estimated cume to $45 million, with Germany the only major market on the horizon.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” advanced to $637.7 million, fueled by Russia’s socko $3.6 million through its second weekend. In Japan, “Harry” ascended to $161.7 million, making it the third film in history to surpass 20 billion yen, joining local toons “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke.”
‘Time’ watched in Asia
“The Time Machine” opened at No. 1 in Hong Kong, making $345,000 on 28, beating fellow frosh “Wesley’s Mysterious File” (local title), “We Were Soldiers” and the “E.T.” reissue. The Guy Pearce starrer also ruled in South Korea (pocketing $343,000 from 34 screens in Seoul) and Taiwan ($483,000 on 175). Warner Bros., which has international rights, was expecting the time-travel tale to rank second in Greece with $185,000 on 31 and in Belgium at $264,000 on 56. By WB’s reckoning, “Machine” was still the market leader in Spain, fetching $3.4 million in 10 days.