The Devil won out for the second straight weekend overseas, as Fox’s “The Devil Wears Prada” strutted to $24.6 million in 43 territories over the latest frame.
Pic now has an overseas cume of $75.4 million, and is benefiting from healthy play in the trend-setting centers of Italy and France, as well as Germany and Spain.
Meryl Streep starrer now has a worldwide total at $200 million.
Pic won the foreign crown with solid showings in Italy, where it finished No. 1, and Germany, where the pic came in second behind a local production, soccer docu “Deutschland — Ein sommermarchen” (Germany — A Summer’s Fairytale).
Italian fashionistas hit the cinemas in force over the weekend, propelling “Prada” to a better-than-expected B.O. take there of $3.56 million.
That was enough to give the pic the top spot overall on the Italo chart, reviving a flagging movie season in the territory.
In Italy, “Prada” on 417 screens, and runner-up “World Trade Center” on 325 screens, scored more than half the total B.O. of all the films in release in the territory.
As in Italy, “Prada” also beat out the frame’s No. 2 finisher, Oliver Stone and UIP’s “World Trade Center,” internationally overall.
“WTC” which took in $10.3 million from 39 territories to up its international cume to $57.9 million.
No. 3 overseas was Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which is playing particularly well in the U.K. for local distrib Entertainment.
But “Prada” was nipping at “Departed”‘s heels in the U.K.
Over the most recent Blighty frame, “Prada” only finished a scant $163,000 in back of “Departed.” Powered by positive word of mouth, both pics slipped just 15% at the Blighty B.O.
Star-studded cop drama “Departed” has taken in $10.5 million in the U.K. in 10 days of release. Its overall cume overseas is $16.8 million from just 11 territories.
Even though it finished at No. 2 in Germany, “Prada” nabbed its best number there with $4.25 million at 559.
In France, the pic also finished behind a local sensation, “Indigenes,” which is being rolled out by Mars Films and has grossed $13.46 million in 19 days of release.
“Prada” has proven a powerful draw in Paris and its suburbs.
Another win for “Prada” was in Australia, where the pic played to $1.2 million at 304 to bump the three-week total to $9.2 million. Pic played to No. 2 there even after three weeks of release and narrowly lost out to “Departed.”
“Devil” should have potent staying power as it still is yet to be rolled out in New Zealand and Sweden.
As with “Prada,” customarily anemic Italy was also a boon to “WTC’s” biz.
Best “WTC” numbers came from the pic’s Italian opening, with just below $2 million.
Coming in at No. 4 on the charts, Sony’s “Open Season” flew to $6.9 million in 17 markets.
Most of the pic’s perf was thanks to its Brit launch, with $3.1 million at 445.
“Open” has cumed $13.6 million overseas to date, and $73 million worldwide.
Teutonic sensation “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” still smelled sweet in Germany, France and Austria.
Even in just six territories, the pic played well enough to land in the top five overseas. It has taken in $65 million to date for Constantin/Summit and should continue its run as it expands.
And local prods continued to play well in other turf, too.
No. 1 in Spain was Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which just closed the New York Film Fest Stateside.
Pic, in Spain, made $3.1 million Oct. 11-15 and $1.9 million Oct. 13-15. It was released on 298 copies, with an average-per-copy of $6,489.
One booker said, “Pan’s” “got a strong promotion and a lot of buzz since it opened the Sitges Film Festival. Plus, Guillermo del Toro has an increasingly bigger group of fans.”
Del Toro’s “Hellboy” made $4.6 million in 2004 in Spain.
And ranking second in Spain was another local pic, “Los Borgia” which made $1.4 million Oct. 13-15 on its soph sesh.
“Prada” slid into third, with $1.4 million Oct. 13-15 and has cumed $4.9 million in 10 days.
In other action, Sony’s “Click” kept clicking. Adam Sandler starrer nailed down $5.8 million from 53 markets, led by its third Blighty frame with $1.7 million at 408.
At $82 million internationally, it has surpassed “50 First Dates” as Sandler’s top foreign grosser.
As biz rebounded heading into fall, five more pics over the frame cleared seven figures, including “Step Up,” “You, Me and Dupree,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Barnyard” and “Miami Vice.”