Oscar attention has paid immediate dividends for “The Aviator” and “Sideways,” and a riotous preem in the U.K. enabled “Meet the Fockers” to grab the mantle of top-grossing title over the weekend.
However, its six noms had no discernible impact as “Ray” had low-key bows in Spain and Japan, although the Ray Charles biopic did have a bit more resonance in Australia.
“Fockers” rang up an estimated $19.9 million from 1,773 playdates in 20 territories, boosting cume to $58 million. The Universal/UIP laffer minted $14.4 million at 458 locations in Blighty, repping a 52% market share and in dollars eclipsing the bow of predecessor “Meet the Parents” by 357%.
Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro/Dustin Hoffman starrer was No. 1 in Brazil, bagging $1 million on 184, 37% up on the original. “Fockers” has amassed a socko $23.8 million Down Under and $7.3 million in Mexico.
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Propelled by its 11 Oscar nods, “Aviator” reigned in France, clocking an estimated $4.4 million, and it drummed up a terrif $1.1 million in Mexico in a close race for line honors with fellow frosh “The Grudge.” Howard Hughes biopic mustered $1.6 million in its soph session in Germany, off just 19% for a $4.7 million cume. It’s garnered a tidy $6.1 million after its third stanza in Spain (down 24%) and $12.4 million in the U.K., easing by 31% in its fifth weekend wide.
“Sideways” collected an estimated $816,000 in five days on 59 screens in Australia, with sneaks, and $635,000 on 72 in the U.K.
“Assault on Precinct 13” entered the U.K. in third spot, taking a fair $1.4 million on 329.
“Ray” serenaded $860,000 on 158 Down Under, a paltry $400,000 on 103 in Japan and $400,000 on 129 in Spain. There’s no natural constituency for this pic overseas, unlike its Afro-American fan base domestically, so UIP will have to rely on reviews and word of mouth, plus the noms, to build auds.
Jamie Foxx starrer has generated an OK $2 million in 10 days in the U.K. (down 30%), a tepid $1.2 million in 10 days in Italy and a respectable $3.1 million in 25 days in Germany.
“Ocean’s Twelve” retained pole position in Japan, making an estimated $4.5 million in its second sojourn (falling by a mild 24%), to bring the market cume to a juicy $15.7 million.
Foreign total hit $185.3 million in 50 countries; pic bows Friday in the U.K.
“Closer” picked up a projected $10.1 million on 2,353 screens in 28 markets, spurring cume to $44.4 million. Mike Nichols-helmed drama fetched a top-ranked $1.6 million in five days on 330 in Australia, $235,000 on 27 in Holland and $215,000 on 19 in Taipei, Taiwan (No. 1.)
Sony’s pic has pocketed a nifty $4.1 million in Spain and $4.9 million in France through its second turns, and $11.1 million in the U.K. and $6.1 million in Germany after its third.
“Elektra” was the victor in Spain, scoring $1.9 million on 350, and in Thailand ($556,000), the Philippines ($462,000), Malaysia, New Zealand and Indonesia. But Fox’s film crashed by 69% in its second lap in the U.K., where it’s grossed $2.4 million.
“The Incredibles” added $4.6 million to its coffers, sending cume to $353.3 million, surpassing “Armageddon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” to rank as BVI’s third biggest blockbuster ever behind “Finding Nemo” and “The Lion King.” The global haul reached $611 million, overtaking “The Passion of the Christ” to become No. 24 of all time.
Among the frame’s less conspicuous perfs, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” had no joy in Germany, scraping up $930,000 from 391; Jim Carrey starrer has racked up $55.2 million in 24 markets.
A crowd-pleaser in Germany and Australia, “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” sank in Spain, taking $350,000 on 213; toon has whistled up $24.5 million in 13 territories.