'Harry' breaks records in Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium
Records tumbled and box office boomed over the weekend as “Die Another Day” blasted off internationally and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” soared through its second wave of offshore engagements.In perhaps the best news for Warner Bros., the “Potter” sequel held remarkably well in the U.K. (despite 007’s entry) and in Germany, compared with its steep soph session descent at home. The new James Bond adventure drummed up $24 million in five markets, setting new milestones for the Bond franchise in each case, according to estimates from international distrib 20th Century Fox. The Pierce Brosnan/Halle Berry starrer captured roughly $13.95 million in five days on more than 800 screens in the U.K., including $2.9 million in previews. ‘Day’ soars in France Lee Tamahori-helmed pic stole approximately $6.2 million in five days on 713 in France and $3 million in three days on 325 in Spain (in the latter, outmuscling bow of “The World Is Not Enough” by at least 50%). “Day” raked in $650,000 on 33 in Switzerland, with sneaks, and $408,000 on 52 in Puerto Rico. WB estimated “Chamber of Secrets” hauled in $55 million from more than 5,500 screens in 20 countries (excluding the prior weekend sneaks in Japan). Cume vaulted to $128 million, making title the 16th to cross $100 million abroad this year. The adolescent wiz collared an estimated $16 million on 841 screens in Japan (including $3.7 million from previews), the market’s biggest weekend of all time, outrunning “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” (with sneaks) by about 25% and the first “Harry” by 33%. The Daniel Radcliffe starrer nabbed an estimated $1.9 million on 273 in Holland (the second highest debut ever, just 5% below the first edition) and $1.6 million on 156 in Belgium, an industry record, 23% better than the original. Thailand hit WB hailed Thailand’s $1.26 million opener on 250 as the biggest for a U.S. film, and it reported numerous industry records in Scandinavia, including Sweden’s $1.9 million on 179 (10% ahead of “Sorcerer’s Stone”), Norway’s $1.5 million on 103 (also 10% up) and Finland’s $814,000 on 72 (7% bigger). In Blighty, “Secrets” unlocked an estimated $11.6 million on 1,270 (a tad bigger than Bond’s three-day total), a record second weekend (22.7% ahead of “Sorcerer’s Stone”), propelling the territory’s cume to a whammo $52.4 million. Dropoff was a modest 30%, according to WB’s projection. In Germany, the fantasy adventure dipped by an estimated 32%, conjuring $11 million, the second biggest soph session locally (just 4% behind the predecessor), hoisting cume to $31.8 million. Chris Columbus-helmed epic rang up $2 million in Taiwan, yet another second weekend milestone (122% of the first “Potter”), to up the market tally to $6.9 million. Given the competition in Germany, BVI was happy that “The Santa Clause 2” unwrapped an estimated $710,000, 20% up on the original. Germany was the strongest market for the first “Clause,” which earned $60 million overseas. Sony reported “XXX” trapped about $2.1 million over the weekend, elevating cume including Revolution’s territories to $120.2 million.