‘Million’ on the rise

Oscar wins should yield 'Baby' boom o'seas

Call it a “$50 Million Baby” — at least.

Boosted by its four major Oscars, “Million Dollar Baby” looks sure to collect prize money at theaters overseas.

Clint Eastwood’s poignant boxing pic has grossed approximately $25 million in 29 territories and could double that tally after it preems later this month in France, South Korea and German-speaking markets, and in Japan in June.

“We are upping prints and P&A spends in most countries,” said Robert Burke, VP of worldwide marketing at Lakeshore Entertainment, which co-financed the film with Warner Bros. and controls foreign rights.

Hilary Swank/Eastwood/Morgan Freeman starrer clocked healthy averages as it bowed last weekend in Switzerland ($240,000 on 18 screens) and Holland ($128,000 on 30).

Buoyed by word of mouth, pic skipped along to $2.6 million after 10 days in Italy, and through its fourth stanzas has pocketed $6.5 million in Spain and $3 million in Australia.

“The Aviator,” which may get some uplift from its five trophies, climbed to $81.6 million and, with Japan and Russia ahead, seems set to cruise past $100 million. Leonardo DiCaprio starrer brought in an impressive $233,000 on 56 in Argentina, ranking No. 1. After its third flight in Oz it’s bagged a tidy $4.2 million, declining by 28%.

The overseas champ for the fifth weekend, “Meet the Fockers” rang up an estimated $20 million in 48 territories. The cume jumped to $183 million and, with Japan and South Korea ahead, is on course to hit $250 million.

Robert De Niro/Ben Stiller/Dustin Hoffman starrer triumphed in its soph sessions in Germany, cuming $12.3 million (off just 13%) and France, earning $8.7 million (down 34%).

“Constantine” collared an estimated $19.4 million from spirited debuts in 11 territories and holdovers in 14 countries, driving cume to $54.4 million. Keanu Reeves/Rachel Weisz starrer grabbed $2.3 million on 288 in Australia, $2.3 million on 360 in Italy, $2.1 million on 486 in Mexico and $1.2 million on 220 in Thailand, with sneaks.

Exorcist tale clung to top spot in its second outing in Spain, snaring $5 million so far, and has trapped a lusty $6.7 million in 11 days in Germany and $6.6 million in 12 days in France.

“Finding Neverland” flew to $49.3 million in 32 territories, but opened weakly in France, with $1.2 million on 264. Through its third adventures, the saga about “Peter Pan” scribe J.M. Barrie has raked in a fine $4.7 million in Spain (off 11%) and a mediocre $2.5 million in Germany.

Winding its tour, “Shark Tale” wowed auds in Italy, netting $4 million on 401, just 8% below the bow of “Shrek 2.” Toon’s cume reached $174.5 million.

“Ray” hit the road in France, its last major market, registering its best opening yet: $2.4 million on 259. Biopic starring Jamie Foxx orchestrated a fair $346,000 on 70 in Korea and a muted $229,000 on 36 in weather-blighted Belgium; its cume is a modest $25.6 million.

“Hide and Seek” unearthed $9.8 million, upping cume to $22.5 million in 25 markets. John Polson-helmed thriller scared up a potent $3.1 million in the U.K., $1.6 million in South Korea, a mediocre $1.2 million in France, $622,000 in Brazil, $604,000 in Taiwan and $318,000 in Hong Kong.

“Hitch” pinched the top spots in South Africa (drawing $428,000 on 80), Taiwan’s capital Taipei ($429,000 on 20) and Israel. Romantic comedy starring Will Smith held nicely in its second sojourns, advancing to $3.3 million in Mexico (slipping by 29%) and $1.7 million in Brazil (off 27%).

“Sideways” motored along to $20 million after solid preems on limited screens in several small Asian markets. Encouragingly for Fox, Alexander Payne’s road trip went up by 11% in its second tour of Spain, cuming $1.9 million, and eased by 20% in its second in Italy, banking $1.4 million.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety