According to The Hollywood Reporter, in the parlance of one international distributor, there was no real thing going over the weekend as the summer overseas boxoffice started to slow down, with the family-appeal of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory providing the only real big numbers.
For distributors of domestic-disappointing action fare such as The Island and Stealth, there was a shred of consolation as the sci-fi thrillers made some headway at offshore multiplexes. Chocolate ranked No. 1 in openings in Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and Argentina, and remained on top of the U.K. boxoffice chart for a second weekend in the face of a 44% drop. The Johnny Depp starrer tallied almost $14 million from some 2,500 screens in 23 markets, raising its cume to date to $67.3 million.
According to Warner Bros., Chocolate captured a 57% share of the market in the U.K., holding firm against openers such as Herbie: Fully Loaded and Stealth. The fantasy film also held strong in the No. 1 spot in Mexico for a second weekend, grossing $1 million (for a market cume of $3.5 million).
It picked up a 33% share of the boxoffice. The Island, a Warner Bros.-DreamWorks co-production being handled overseas by Warners, opened in eight markets over the weekend, entering Germany in the No. 3 spot -- behind the third weekend of Madagascar and the second of Mr and Mrs Smith -- with $2.6 million (including previews) from 721 prints.
It was No. 1 in Spain ($2.5 million from 470), Brazil ($933,202 from 250), Norway ($367,230 from 60) and held the top boxoffice spot in Australia for a second weekend. It also has taken in $16.6 million over three weekends in Korea and $7.3 million for three in Japan. The total weekend tally came to $12.4 million from nearly 3,000 prints in 20 markets. The cume to date has reached $42.3 million, surpassing the estimated three-weekend domestic take of $30.9 million.