'28 Days' turns in impressive numbers
Sony’s “Spider-Man 3″ crawled to another easy win internationally in the pic’s second frame, adding another $84.1 million to its web.But other pics in various territories were also playing well, albeit not at the same levels, proving that one mammoth pic doesn’t always kill off the others. Overseas cume on “Spider-Man 3″ after the weekend stood at $385.2 million, with No. 1 finishes over the frame in the U.K., Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Pic also played well in Latin America and Asia, and actually showed significantly better traction in most key foreign markets than in the U.S. Overseas, the third installment of the Peter Parker franchise slipped 50% in its 16,200 playdates scattered over 105 countries. Just after its record-setting debut weekend abroad and domestically, Spidey posted the fifth-best second-weekend overseas total of all time: Top soph sesh is still “The Matrix: Reloaded,” which collected $113.2 million. Spidey scored his highest tallies in the U.K., with $11 million for a Brit cume of $48.3 million. But other pics also turned in some impressive numbers. “28 Weeks Later,” follow-up to Fox Searchlight’s hip zombie riff “28 Days Later,” spooked $3.1 million, which gave it a nice entry into the market. Over in France, the “Spider-Man” juggernaut crushed all in its path. It made a mere $7.2 million in its second frame on 850 prints for Gaumont Columbia TriStar. Grand total in its first 13 days: a shade under $36 million. But brainier fare is not without its fans in France, either. After a slow opening, psycho-thriller “Fracture” with Anthony Hopkins is doing none too shabbily for Metropolitan, with $2.15 million on 307 in its first five days. “Next” has taken in a so-so $3.8 million after three frames on 354 for TFM. Top local earner “Pur week-end” toplining Kad Merad and Bruno Solo has largely laid an egg for Wild Bunch, raking in less than $1.9 million after two frames on 290. In Italy, Spidey had a steep fall. Despite a 64% drop in ticket sales, however, the webbed one stayed atop the Italo B.O., pulling $3 million in its second frame on 817 for an $18.5 million cume. As opposed to other markets, Spidey’s success sucked the life out of the other Hollywood pics in the Italo marketplace. Robin Williams-starrer “Man of the Year” came in a paltry second, debuting at $550,000 on 247 via Medusa on a spectacularly sunny weekend that saw biz plunge 55% compared with the previous frame, per B.O. compiler Cinetel. Local Italo entries fared better. First-time helmer Davide Marengo’s black comedy “Notturno Bus” opened in third place, pulling $350,000 on 195 via 01 Distribuzione. “My Brother Is An Only Child” slid 64% — the same as Spidey, but in its fourth frame — netting $345,000 on 230 via Warner Bros. for a stellar $7.2 million cume in fourth place. “My Brother,” a political comedy about two siblings who in the 1970s take to diametrically opposed political sides, will unspool soon Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. In Spain, Spidey edged out all the competish, taking in $4.46 million from 750 screens. Revealing the webhead’s dominance, No. 2 was a local pic from Deapleneta, “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” which bowed to a tepid $594,796 off 174. Peter Parker also proved particularly strong in Germany where the superhero tale dipped just 38% to $4.6 million at 857 for a $20.3 million total. Behind “Spider-Man,” other pics rounding out the top five on the overseas charts included, in order, “28 Weeks Later,” “Wild Hogs,” “Fracture” and “Mr. Bean’s Holiday.” In Japan, the Spider was No. 1 again. But other pics played well, too. “For Those We Love,” the controversial pic about WWII kamikaze pilots penned and exec-produced by Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, has gotten off to a boffo start at the Japanese B.O. Pic, which Toei opened on 326 screens on Saturday, grabbed the No. 3 spot in the weekend rankings, after “Spider-Man 3″ and local kiddie fantasy “Kitaro.” Helmed by Taku Shinjo, “For Those We Love” stars Keiko Kishi as a woman who runs a restaurant catering to kamikaze pilots — and becomes a surrogate mother to many of her young-but-doomed customers. Toei expects the pic the finish north of ¥2 billion ($17 million). Among other pics, Universal’s “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” brought its total to $164.5 million and still stayed in the top 5. Pic is more than $80 million short of the worldwide cume for 1997’s “Bean.” However, the pic is yet to open in Japan, South Korea and the United States. BVI’s “Wild Hogs,” meantime, gunned its cume to $70.3 million overseas. Pic’s latest successful frame was led by its fourth German weekend, with $1.2 million, off only 10%. Given its Americana focus, the laffer has shown unexpectedly solid foreign traction. Nick Vivarelli in Italy, David Hayhurst in France, Christian Koehl in Germany, Dave McNary in Hollywood and Matt Griffin in Spain contributed to this report.
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