Laughter was the best medicine for cinemas around the world last weekend as “Meet the Fockers” ruled in most of Europe, and “Hitch” got rich in Mexico and Brazil.
However, “Spanglish” didn’t generate many yucks or bucks as it launched in Australia and Spain, and comedy/drama “In Good Company” was lousy company in the U.K.
Fans of action and Keanu Reeves found plenty to like in “Constantine” as it began its European campaign in France, Spain and Germany.
The champ overseas for the fourth weekend in a row, “Fockers” rang up an estimated $28.3 million from top-ranked debuts in eight markets and holdovers in 30. The cume vaulted to $153.7 million, past “Meet the Parents'” $139.6 million total, heading for north of $200 million. Jay Roach-helmed laffer fetched $5.8 million on 629 screens in Germany (60% bigger than “Parents”); $4.3 million on 591 in France (6% ahead); $1.3 million in Belgium (140% higher); and $1.1 million in Austria (85% better).
Robert De Niro/Ben Stiller/Dustin Hoffman starrer retained pole position in its fourth sojourn in the U.K., amassing $46.4 million to date, and in its soph session in Italy, where it scored $4.4 million (off 25%) for a cume of $12.4 million. “Fockers” minted $2.3 million in its third in Spain (down 40%), cuming $12.4 million.
“Constantine” commanded an estimated $15.5 million in 13 territories, hoisting cume to $30.7 million. Supernatural detective saga spooked $3.8 million on 511 in Germany (29% bigger than “The Bourne Supremacy”); $3.6 million on 491 in France (10% up on “Supremacy”); and $2.7 million on 308 in Spain (No. 1, 16% ahead of “Collateral”). The Reeves/Rachel Weisz starrer also captured $670,000 on 107 in the Philippines. Warners’ pic experienced typically steep drops for the genre in its second weekends elsewhere in Asia, advancing to a nonetheless impressive $8.2 million in South Korea, $5 million in Taiwan and $2.4 million in Hong Kong.
Kicking off its offshore adventures, “Hitch” wooed $1.4 million on 350 in Mexico (9% below “What Women Want”) and $809,000 on 211 in Brazil (7% ahead of “Women”), No. 1 in both.
The antics of Adam Sandler as a rich Bel-Air guy and Paz Vega as his Mexican housekeeper in “Spanglish” don’t seem to be resonating overseas, at least outside of Mexico where it has grossed a fair $2.1 million after its third frame. Sony’s pic picked up $781,000 on 206 in Australia (ranked fourth), $518,000 on 200 in Spain (where it was handicapped by having to be released with subtitles, as dubbing wasn’t an option) and $233,000 on 60 in Russia.
“Spanglish” was caught in a demo squeeze in Oz as females flocked to “Bride and Prejudice,” which whistled up a jaunty $813,000 on 99, including previews, and males turned out for “House of Flying Daggers,” which captured $744,000 on 107, with sneaks; Zhang Yimou-helmed actioner has rustled up a fine $76 million, with Latin America ahead.
The Paul Weitz-helmed “In Good Company” brought in an estimated $1.1 million on 305 in the U.K., beaten by “Are We There Yet’s?” surprisingly robust $1.67 million bow on 230 and “Shall We Dance’s” $2 million on 408, including sneaks, among others. The Richard Gere/Jennifer Lopez starrer has racked up a handsome $72 million, with Japan and Belgium ahead.
“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera,” remarkably, was the pace-setter again in Japan in its fourth stanza, orchestrating around $2 million, to lift the total to $20.6 million: Japan is the tuner’s most lucrative market, surpassing the U.K.; its estimated cume hit $81 million.
Among the Oscar contenders, “The Aviator” mustered an estimated $1.2 million on 170 in South Korea and clung to the top spot in its second flight Down Under, making $1.1 million (slipping by 24%) for a cume of $3.1 million. Biopic’s estimated cume levitated to $70 million.
“Million Dollar Baby” punched up a sturdy $1.06 million on 204 in Italy and, through its third stanzas, skipped along to $5 million in Spain and $2.4 million in Oz.
“Finding Neverland” plunged by 49% in Italy, courting a sweet $6.5 million in 10 days, but eased by just 19% in its third in Spain, where it has banked $3.4 million. Johnny Depp starrer’s estimated cume hit $42 million in 24 markets.
“Sideways” swallowed a tasty $780,000 on 165 in Spain and $690,000 on 173 in Italy, and opened OK on limited release in Sweden but poorly in South Korea. Fox’s road trip has earned $14.4 million in 43 markets, including the U.K.’s $4.1 million and Oz’s $2.2 million after its fourth weekend, France’s $1.7 million in 12 days and Germany’s $1.65 million in 18 days.
“Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” was tops on its debut in Finland, making $248,000 (beating fellow frosh “Meet the Fockers”) and No. 1 again in its second chapters in Sweden (climbing to $903,000) and Norway ($904,000).