“Ratatouille” laid out another feast at the international box office, dominating an otherwise moderate weekend with $27.7 million at 3,793 playdates in 33 markets as many of Hollywood’s offerings struggled to find more than modest traction abroad.
Universal’s “The Kingdom” remained a tough sell overseas, generating $3 million at 1,530 in 22 territories. The pic’s weekend takings were led by a quiet German soph sesh with $520,000, but the actioner has fallen short of studio hopes with $16 million internationally in its early run.
The distrib’s “Knocked Up” has been solid rather than spectacular abroad, adding $2.8 million at 1,060, including a modest $1 million Italian launch. Laffer’s foreign total now stands at $61.8 million, with a worldwide cume of $210 million.
And Despite George Clooney’s star power and mostly positive notices, “Michael Clayton” continued to represent a marketing challenge overseas, bringing in a modest $3.1 million at 1,112 in nine markets for Summit over the weekend. Best numbers came from a $1.4 million French launch, a $1.1 million Australian debut and a Mexican opening.
The legal thriller has cumed $12.2 million overseas, with its Brit and Italian runs mostly done, and Germany and Spain not yet open. Worldwide total has hit $34 million.
“Rendition,” another high-brow drama, opened quietly day-and-date in the U.K. with $1.1 million.
With a robust Italian launch plus strong holdover biz in the U.K. and Germany, “Ratatouille” cooked up its third straight overseas victory. The Disney/Pixar toon took in more than the combined grosses of the next four pics — “Stardust,” Spanish chiller “The Orphanage,” “Resident Evil: Extinction” and “Superbad.”
Thanks to a second wave of launches that’s brought in more than $80 million this month, “Ratatouille” has kept overall biz healthy during what is often a quiet period at offshore multiplexes. “The Devil Wears Prada” won the same frame in 2006 with $19 million internationally.
“Ratatouille” has exceeded Mouse House forecasts with a $308 million international cume. It’s become the 50th film to hit the $300 million milestone and the seventh 2007 pic to do so, joining the third iterations of “Spider-Man,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Shrek,” the fifth “Harry Potter,” “Transformers” and “The Simpsons Movie.”
Disney execs opted to hold back the toon from about half the foreign markets during the summer to avoid going head to head with better-known franchise pics like “Shrek the Third” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
In its final major-market opening, “Ratatouille” led the way in Italy with $7 million — bettering “The Incredibles” as the best Pixar launch in that market. Second-frame Brit biz held nicely with $6.5 million, off only 28%; Germany takings edged down just 9% in the third weekend to $5.9 million for a $28.7 million Teutonic cume.
“Ratatouille” also racked up a $2.2 million Swedish debut along with $900,000 in Poland and $590,000 in Finland — each representing the second-best animated opening in those markets after “Finding Nemo.” Third-frame grosses increased 8% to $865,000 in Switzerland and a whopping 26% in Denmark to $730,000.
Paramount’s “Stardust” led the rest of the B.O. pack abroad, conjuring $8.1 million at 2,214 in four dozen territories — half of that from its second-place U.K. launch with $4 million, 35% ahead of the “Eragon” opening. But the fantasy pic opened far more quietly in its German debut, tallying $1 million.
“Stardust” has shown moderate traction outside the United States, generating a $42 million overseas cume — $4 million better than the middling domestic total — as foreign performance mostly meets expectations.
With “Ratatouille” the only U.S. release putting up significant grosses, “The Orphanage” stayed stellar in Spain with $5.6 million at 373 in its soph sesh, off only 24%. Spanish cume has hit $15.7 for the locally produced ghost story, distribbed by Warner Bros.
“Resident Evil: Extinction” continued to scare up respectable numbers for Sony and Summit with $5.6 million, lifting the pic’s foreign cume to $48.2 million. Three-quel eventually could match the $78 million international total for predecessor “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.”
Sony’s “Superbad” took in $4.6 million at 1,900 in 28 markets, led by a respectable Spanish launch of $2.6 million. The raunchy teen comedy also opened in second place in Brazil, Ukraine and Singapore for a $32.2 million foreign cume — in line with studio expectations, given the tricky task of marketing laffers without major stars in overseas markets.
Par’s “The Heartbreak Kid” largely mirrored its domestic perf, earning $3.7 million at 1,154 in nine markets to lift its foreign total to $19.3 million and its worldwide tally to $51 million.
In Brazil, Universal’s co-production of local crime drama “Tropa De Elite” scored a second victory with $1.5 million in its third frame for a 17-day cume of $6.3 million.