'Season' brings in $7.7 mil
Fashion ruled overseas as “The Devil Wears Prada” easily won its third straight weekend at the international box office with a solid $19 million in four dozen markets.“Prada,” which has cumed $104 million offshore, mirrored its domestic performance by showing impressive holding power in key Euro markets. Best numbers came in Italy with a 4% decline in its second frame to $3.5 million at 440 playdates, a 14% decrease in its German soph sesh to $3.4 million at 606 and its third Brit frame falling only 25% to $2.6 at 450 for a territorial cume of $17.6 million. “Prada,” which has totaled $228 million worldwide for Fox, declined just 20% from the previous frame despite only a modest expansion of markets — the largest coming in Sweden with a first-place launch of $617,000 at 66. With its strong holding power and openings still coming in South Korea and Japan, the fashionista comedy’s foreign take should easily outpace its $124 million domestic cume. “Prada” has been dominant during what’s often a modest moviegoing period and took just short of what the next three films — “Open Season,” “World Trade Center” and “The Guardian” — did in combined grosses. It’s kept overall biz moderately healthy during mid-autumn and outperformed “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” which also won its third straight weekend with $15.8 million during the same frame last year. Sony’s “Open Season” came in a distant but decent second with $7.7 million at 2,815 in 25 markets, led by a No. 1 French opening of $2.2 million at 644, a stellar soph sesh in the U.K. with a 16% decline to $1.9 million at 480 and a first-place Mexican finish with $1.6 million at 614, off only 26% in its third frame. “Season,” which opens next weekend in Belgium, the Middle East and Russia, has cumed $23.6 million internationally and $93 million worldwide. UIP’s “World Trade Center” followed closely in third with $6.9 million at 3,200 in 50 markets as the foreign total nearly eclipsed the domestic cume with $69.9 million. Top “WTC” figures came from its second Italian frame with $1.7 million at 312, off only 18%, and Japan with $1.6 million at 321, down 22% in its third sesh. BVI’s first major launches of “The Guardian” showed moderate traction with $5.2 million at 3,100 in 15 markets. Best perfs came from its third-place Brit opening with $1.5 million at 325 and a second-place Mexican debut of $1.1 million at 325. Strong holdover biz benefited “The Departed,” which took in $5.1 million from 1,200 prints in 13 markets — with more than half coming from its third U.K. frame with $2.8 million at 362, good enough for first and down only 23%. The Martin Scorsese-helmed crime drama, which opens next frame in Spain, also won in its Australian soph sesh with $1.4 million at 276, down just 26%. “The Departed” has cumed $25.3 million overseas and $102 million worldwide. Sony’s “Click” remained a player with $3.6 million at 2,150 in 46 markets, led by $1.3 million at 272 in its fourth Brit frame. Foreign cume for the Adam Sandler laffer has hit $87.2 million, lifting the worldwide take past $220 million. UIP saw respectable returns for its expansion of sci-fier “Children of Men” with $2.8 million at 765 playdates in eight markets, led by a fourth-place French launch with $840,000 at 147 and sixth-place Spanish debut with $675,000 at 162. “Children,” which opens on Christmas in the U.S., has cumed $8.8 million in the U.K. in five weeks. UIP’s “Barnyard,” the only family pic besides “Open Season,” took in $2.7 million at 1,354 in 16 territories, led by a Brit launch of $1.7 million at 443. “Pan’s Labyrinth” led in Spain with $1.37 million at 301 in its second frame and came in third in its Mexican launch with $732,000 at 200. Fox’s “Little Miss Sunshine” grossed $2 million to lift its foreign total to $16 million, including a subdued Spanish launch of $485,00 at 185. “The Grudge 2″ opened in fourth in the U.K., scaring up $1.5 million at 329 for UIP. UIP’s “An Inconvenient Truth” took in $1.4 million at 418 in 21 markets to boost the doc’s international total to $7.8 million and the worldwide figure to $31.5 million. Its French soph sesh saw biz rise 8% to $704,000 at 100. Sony saw a modest British debut, day-and-date with the Stateside launch, for “Marie Antoinette” with $1 million at 266, finishing in 12th. The Kirsten Dunst starrer grossed $8 million during the spring from France, Holland and Belgium. Domestic leader “The Prestige” opened day and date in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan with $964,000 at 137 for Warner Bros. The thriller expands to Brazil, Mexico and South Korea in two weeks. BVI’s foreign launch of the 3-D version of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” grossed $70,000 at three Japanese playdates with plans to expand to 50 sites in coming weeks in Australia, Germany, Singapore, South Korea and the U.K.
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