‘Trade’ wind blows o’seas

'WTC' tops int'l biz

Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center” showed significant traction in Europe, winning the weekend at the foreign box office with a solid $12.3 million at 2,690 playdates in 20 markets.

“WTC,” which topped Adam Sandler’s “Click” by $1.5 million, has totaled $22 million overseas for UIP and $92 million worldwide. The 9/11 pic has been promoted via a worldwide publicity tour by Stone and the cast that included the cities of Venice, Deauville, London, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul and, most recently, San Sebastian and Dublin.

UIP, which opted to wait until the fall to release “WTC” overseas, reported its top result in the U.K., with $3 million at 409, second to “Click” and in line with “The Interpreter.” It won in Spain with $2.3 million at 324, and finished third in Germany to “Perfume” and “Click” with $1.5 million at 452.

“WTC” declined 47% in its French soph sesh to $1.4 million at 418, lifting the cume to $4.4 million. It opened in first in Taiwan with $734,000 at 57 and in second in Brazil with $618,000 at 85; it took in $446,000 at 248 in its third Mexican frame.

With respectable performances so far and openings next weekend in Australia, Japan and Scandinavia, “WTC” looks likely to easily surpass the foreign cume for the previous 9/11 drama, “United 93,” which has grossed $41.6 million overseas for UIP. “United 93” tallied $83 million worldwide.

“Click” also clicked decently with a major expansion into Europe, bagging $10.8 million at 2,900 engagements in 55 markets. Comedy notched its top numbers in the U.K. with $3.4 million at 400, the biggest launch there for a Sandler pic, and in Germany with $2 million at 630 for second place. “Click” finished second in its Spanish opening with $1.7 million at 325, equal to “Anger Management,” and also second in Austria and Belgium, both with $265,000.

Sony’s foreign cume for “Click” has hit $59.3 million, lifting the pic’s worldwide take to $198.6 million. With France and Portugal opening next frame, “Click” could surpass “50 First Dates” ($75.5 million) as the top overseas performer among Sandler’s pics.

The weekend also saw Fox’s “The Devil Wears Prada” show impressive footing with $8.9 million at 1,949 playdates, thanks mostly to launches in Australia and France — both with $3.6 million. “Prada,” which has yet to open in much of Europe, has cumed $20.1 million overseas and $144 million worldwide.

Overall biz was typically moderate for a mid-autumn weekend, but somewhat better than the same frame last year, when “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” led with $10.2 million, followed by “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” with $5.2 million.

Tom Tykwer’s thriller “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” which won the international crown last weekend, remained an attractive player in Euro markets with $7.1 million at 1,298 in five markets. “Perfume” continued an impressive run on its home turf in Germany with $5.5 million, down only 13% in its third frame, for a $28.4 million market cume.

“Perfume,” which opens Wednesday in France, has totaled $47.3 million so far for Constantin/Summit.

The frame also marked the first weekend in three months without a BVI pic in the lead among Hollywood releases. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which won 11 of the last 12 frames (“Cars” won the other), grabbed $3.8 million at 3,446 in 37 markets with the top numbers coming from the third Italian frame with $2 million at 950. “Dead Man’s Chest” has cumed $631 million overseas and $1.051 billion worldwide.

Sony’s “Little Man” stayed moderate overseas with $2.8 million at 1,500 in 38 markets, lifting the foreign cume to $33.5 million and worldwide to $92 million. “Cars,” which finished first three weekends ago, led the rest of the pack, with $2.4 million at 3,100 in 32 markets, along with UIP’s “You, Me and Dupree,” also with $2.4 million at 1,300.

“Cars” has moved its foreign cume to $203 million and worldwide total to $447 million.

Nine other films topped $1 million: UIP’s “Children of Men” with $1.9 million at 369; UIP’s “The Break-Up” with $1.9 million at 718; Warner’s “Lady in the Water” with $1.8 million; Sony’s “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” with $1.8 million at 955; UIP’s “Over the Hedge” with $1.5 million at 766; “Step Up” with $1.5 million at 194; Fox’s “My Super-Ex Girlfriend” with $1.4 million at 1,672; Warner’s “The Lake House” with $1.3 million at 650; and UIP’s “Miami Vice” with $1.2 million at 1,600.

Sony launched domestic winner “Open Season” day-and-date in Taiwan, where it finished in second with $520,000 at 80, and in China with $350,000 at 248. CGI toon opens next weekend in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Holland, Israel and Venezuela.

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