‘Perfume’ smells good in 2nd place finish

Local pics up as 'Pirates' holds top spot

The end of summer left overseas wickets a bit chilly: Buena Vista Intl.’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” was able to take the top spot among Hollywood imports in the latest frame, with just $7.6 million at 4,387 playdates.

But in a limp sesh, local pics in major territories, including Spain, Germany and France, benefited.

German pic, Tom Tykwer’s “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” was even able to land at No. 2 on the world charts, by making $6.66 million in its second frame.

Holdovers rounding out the charts were family fare and comedies: BVI’s “Cars,” Sony’s “Little Man” and UIP’s “You, Me and Dupree.”

UIP also had a solid launch of Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center.” Pic was able to raise its cume to $9.1 million, including a $2.6 million take in France, which topped the Gallic charts. Perf was in line with the bow of “Munich.” But word-of-mouth seems poor in France, making bizzers wonder whether the title will crumble quickly.

Pic also had No. 1 launches in Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Thailand. “Trade” accounted for more than 50% of the biz in Thailand, grossing $350,000 at 35 playdates, despite a military coup there.

Meantime, “Chest” continued its roll overseas. Pic has hit $625.3 million internationally, and is still playing in 34 territories. This time, “Chest” scored most of its take from a sophomore sesh in Italy, with $4.1 million at 845 screens.

Pic could now surpass “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s” $652 million take overseas, which would make it the third highest international grosser ever. “Chest’s” worldwide cume is $1.045 billion.

In the U.K., where “Pirates” has sailed off the charts, Clive Owen-starrer “Children of Men” took top spot in its worldwide preem. Pic took $2.4 million from 370 screens, for a per screen average of $4,697. That mark was significantly better than any other film in the U.K. top 15, and vindicated UIP’s big-spending campaign.

Blighty exhibs were roundly satisfied with the “Children” bow, and attributed its success to the cast, the London-setting and strong reviews. A glitzy Sept. 19 Blighty preem was attended by helmer Alfonso Cuaron, Owen and Michael Caine, which helped build buzz.

Another pic yet to open Stateside, Stephen Frears’ second-place “The Queen,” played well in its second U.K. frame. Pic nabbed $1.7 million, up 6% from its bow. Helen Mirren-starrer is being helped by word of mouth and solid reviews. “Queen,” opening the New York Film Fest in advance of its fall slot here, has taken more than $5 million in two frames.

Ninth-place “Dirty Sanchez,” Britain’s gross-out answer to “Jackass,” goosed $487,182 in its opening frame. Its content has caused a stir among crix.

Thanks to “Trade Center,” French B.O. jumped 12%. But a couple of local pics also helped boost Gallic B.O.: “Les Aristos,” a comedy about a family of broke French nobles who are forced to experience “real life,” came in at No. 2. Pic, which grossed more than $2.3 million in its first week, is the second feature from helmer Charlotte de Turckheim. French drama “President” also made the top five by pulling in $1.1 million in its debut week.

In Spain, local film “Alatriste” topped the charts for a fourth straight frame. Pic made $1.6 million and has cumed $18.1 million after a 36% drop last weekend. “Alatriste” also broke Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver” record ($12.5 million) for top Spanish pic this year.

“Little Man” continued to perform in Spain, coming in at No. 2. Sony’s comedy showed legs by taking in $4.9 million from 1,646 screens in 31 markets, led by its Spanish soph sesh of $1.4 million. “Man” has cumed $29.5 million overseas and $82 million worldwide.

In other action, BVI’s “Cars” drove $5.5 million to putter past $200 million. It’s the seventh pic to cross the milestone this year, along with “Dead Man’s Chest,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “Mission: Impossible 3,” “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

UIP’s “Dupree” remained a moderate player with $3.8 million in two dozen territories, led by a third-place launch in Germany behind “Perfume” and “Cars.”

“Dupree,” which opens next in Spain on Oct. 11, has cumed $35.6 million overseas.

(Sheri Jennings in Italy, Archie Thomas in the U.K., Liza Klaussmann in France, Esther De Prado in Spain and Ed Meza in Germany contributed to this report.)

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