Fox’s “Eragon” may have topped the charts and displaced James Bond at the international wickets over the latest frame, but perhaps the most intriguing local overseas B.O. story was in Japan, where Clint Eastwood’s “Letters From Iwo Jima” notched a second-straight first place finish.
Pic beat out “Eragon” in the Land of the Rising Sun, with $3.1 million at 401.
Japanese-lingo follow-up to “Flags of Our Fathers” dipped a scant 25% in Japan.
“Iwo Jima’s” cume overseas to date is $22.7 million, and the pic will easily surpass “Flags” two-month run in Japan in two weeks.
“Iwo Jima” will next open in markets including Spain, Hong Kong and Germany.
But Fox won the weekend overall with a day-and-date rollout of fantasy adaptations “Eragon.”
Pic — which placed No. 2 in its domestic bow to “The Pursuit of Happyness” — hit $30.1 million in 76 territories and 6,196 playdates.
Those numbers were enough to give “Eragon” No. 1 finishes in 22 markets, including Spain and Germany.
Pic’s prowess, however, seemed better in non-English speaking territories. Spain hit $4.2 million, repping “Eragon’s” biggest fan base, and Germany’s numbers rose to $3.9 million.
Dragon pic also bowed in Mexico at No. 1, with $2.3 million.
But in the U.K., “Eragon” placed an unimpressive fourth, with just $2.6 million in B.O. booty. Australia scaled up another $1.7 million.
Bows in Belgium, Brazil, France and Italy are yet to come for the pic, which marked Fox’s first day-and-date rollout since “X-Men: The Last Stand’s” bow in May.
UIP’s “Charlotte’s Web,” which launched in third place in its U.S. bow via Paramount, held well in its second Aussie frame, which the studio is using as an indicator of the pic’s potential with families here as well.
“Web” dropped just 6% to $915,000 at 253. It won’t launch in most foreign market openings until next year. (U.S. B.O. champ, Sony’s “The Pursuit of Happyness,” doesn’t launch till next month.)
Sony’s Bond pic, “Casino Royale,” meanwhile, slipped to No. 2 with $20.7 million from 64 markets.
Pic had held the top spot at the overseas B.O. for the past month.
Over the latest frame, “Casino” still spun No. 1 finishes as a holdover in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Holland and Switzerland. Pic managed to also top the charts in its Brazilian launch, with $1.3 million at 361.
Unsurprisingly, the U.K. has been the lynchpin for the pic’s world dominance, taking in $85.2 million there in five weeks of release.
Germany has added $37.7 million, while France and Spain have also been strongholds for the latest installment of the super-spy franchise.
With Italy and South Korea yet to open, “Casino” is already the biggest Bond pic overseas, with $280.3 million, topping “Die Another Day” by $9 million. It has cumed $418 million worldwide — only $13 million short of “Die.”
UIP’s romantic comedy “The Holiday” has cozied up to better biz overseas than it has at home.
Cameron Diaz-Jude Law starrer tapped $14 million at 2,450 in 28 territories, about double the second frame of the U.S. run.
Pic brought in U.K. fans with Law, as well as fellow Brit Kate Winslet, on the marquee. B.O. hit $3.1 million at 430, off 34% in its soph sesh.
Pic also launched respectably in Germany with $2.7 million at 541 and in South Korea with $2.6 million at 230, good enough for second amid heavy local competition.
“Holiday” has kissed $28.2 million overseas.
Warner’s “Happy Feet” danced to $13 million in 39 markets to raise its international cume to $60 million.
With 5,800 prints in action overseas, the animated penguin pic has posted less spectacular numbers abroad as it butted heads with “Eragon.”
“Feet” has cumed more than $209 million worldwide, turning in by far its top perf in the U.K. with $4 million at 469, followed by a French soph sesh with $1.4 million at 830, off 43%.
Pic beat out an animated rival in UIP’s “Flushed Away,” which floated to No. 5 in the charts.
“Flushed” has drained $47.3 million overseas, continuing to post solid, but not stellar numbers, with $8.7 million from 37 territories. U.K. biz accounted for $1.4 million at 444. Mexico bowed with $1.1 million at 673.
Apart from the top five, Warners’ “The Departed” stayed a player with $4.2 million at 2,600 in 40 markets, led by its second German frame, with $1.5 million at 452, off 34%. Foreign cume has hit $108 million, and worldwide has cleared $227 million.
And Sony’s “Open Season” added $2.2 million at 2,420 in 43 markets to lift the foreign cume to $90.6 million — $6 million ahead of the domestic total. “Saw III” scared up $1.4 million to boost its international gross to $58.5 million and its worldwide tally to $139 million.
With the top three pics combining for $64.8 million, overall biz was solid for mid-December, though well short of the 2005 frame, when “King Kong” grabbed $63.4 million and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” tricked out $26.8 million.
Foreign grosses for the five major distribs (BVI, Fox, Sony, UIP, Warner) remain far ahead of 2005 levels and should top the 2004 record of $8.5 billion.