‘Cinderella’ story woos o’seas auds

Pic scores $8.5 mil in overseas tickets

While not scoring knockouts, “Cinderella Man” delivered respectably weekend at overseas wickets.

Pic punched up $8.5 million at 3,250 playdates, lifting BVI’s two-week offshore cume to $16 million. Best performance came in a Japanese launch with $1.8 million at 250, 15% better than “Million Dollar Baby.”

Its French debut was solid but not spectacular with $1.1 million at 385 sites, lagging “Million Dollar Baby” but ahead of “A Beautiful Mind.” Similarly, the South Korean launch of $1 million at 150 trailed “Million Dollar Baby” but doubled “A Beautiful Mind.”

“Cinderella Man” posted decent holds in major markets with U.K. results off 20% to $780,000 at 391 engagements, Italy down 30% to $675,000 at 400, Spain off 35% to $650,000 at 275 and Mexico edging down just 5% to $642,00 at 300. And Russia opened well with $360,000, quadrupling the “Million Dollar Baby” aunch.

Russell Crowe-starrer, which grossed a lukewarm $61.6 million domestically, opens next weekend in Australia.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” easily won its fourth weekend crown with $11.5 million from 4,113 prints in 53 markets.

The frame also saw an impressive U.K. launch for “Pride and Prejudice,” a decent Australian opening for “Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

Warner Bros.’ “Charlie” stayed solid in Japan in first with a 25% soph sesh decline of $3.17 million at 359 playdates. It also won in debuts in South Korean with $1.57 million at 106, in Norway with $1.15 million at 97 and in Sweden with $534,000 at 125.

“Charlie,” which won the previous foreign frame, has performed well everywhere on its way to $175 million offshore and $379 million worldwide.

Fox’s “Fantastic Four” launched impressively in Italy with $4.9 million at 551 and decently in Japan with $1.8 million at 453. UIP’s powerful family fave “Madagascar,” near the end of its run, grossed another $5.35 million to push its foreign total to $316 million.

Working Title’s “Pride and Prejudice,” in its first opening, debuted smartly in first in the U.K. with $4.6 million at 398 playdates, including Thursday previews. “Pride,” with a Brit cast including Keira Knightly and Judi Dench, is set for a Nov. 18 U.S. opening.

UIP’s “Wallace and Gromit” launched in its first markets ahead of school holidays in Australia with $1.75 million at 257 and in New Zealand with $175,000 in 55.

UIP’s “Red Eye” flew to $4.4 million, including a mid-level Mexican opening with $700,000 at 192, to push offshore cume to $17.3 million.

Sony’s “Bewitched” continued to conjure up moderate figures with $3.2 million at 2,030 playdates in 43 markets, lifting foreign cume to $46.1 million. Its third German frame declined 19% to $1.2 million.

UIP reported its Japanese opening of South Korean romance “April Snow” came close to leading the territory with $3 million at 321 sites.

Sony’s “Stealth” remained without much traction overseas with $2.6 million at 1,700 sites as it opened in fifth in Spain, sixth in Germany and third in New Zealand. Offshore cume has hit $27.5 million.

UIP’s “Skeleton Key” scared up a lukewarm $2.3 million at 1,420 engagements in 33 markets, pushing its offshore total to $36 million, while its “Land of the Dead” grossed $1.2 million at 715 in 26 markets for a $16.2 million cume in UIP territories.

Sony continued to score in the U.K. for American football comedy “The Longest Yard” with an 18% decline in its soph sesh to $1.6 million at 383, lifting the Brit cume to $4.6 million. Foreign total for “Yard” is $23.9 million — $133 million beind the domestic take.

UIP’s “40-Year-Old Virgin” stayed strong in the U.K., down just 20% in its third frame to $1.5 million at 381 playdates, lifting its 17-day cume to $9 million. “Virgin” ventures into Germany Sept. 29.

Sony saw solid results for “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” with a first place finish in Mexico amid its Independence Day celebrations, with $1.4 million at 400.

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