Monday, November 23, 2009

International Vampire Weekend

What do you get when you combine Sweet Valley High and The Munsters? Money. Lots and lots of money. Tomorrow the final word on American Box office receipts for New Moon, but today lets see how it did internationally, because nowadays smart studios release everything everywhere all at once.

In the U.K. and Ireland, distrib E1 Ent. said the “Twilight” sequel achieved the second highest opening day’s B.O. of all time, only bettered by “Quantum of Solace.”

“New Moon,” which is playing on 1,100 screens, went on to suck £11.75 million ($19.5 million) from the market over three days, for a $17,727 screen average.

In Australia, the pic took a record $14.9 million for Hoyts on its opening weekend across 530 screens for a $28,113 average. Previous record holder was “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” with $13.3 million on 510 screens for a $26,078 average.

In Canada, where the film opened on a record 685 screens, three-day ticket sales were $10.6 million, the second-largest opening weekend ever, E1 Ent. said, for a $15,474 average.

In France, where “New Moon” opened Wednesday, the pic grossed $19.3 million from 755 prints for SND, for a $25,563 average. This was the second highest-grossing first weekend of the year. “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” has the top slot but it was released on 200 more copies.

In Italy, “New Moon” pulled $14.2 million from 699 screens over its five-day opening, via Eagle Pictures. The boffo outing marked Italy’s second top bow ever for a pic opening on a Wednesday after “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
Thank goodness this formula is impossible to copy, because I'd hate to see a bunch of cheap ripoffs coming out in the coming year.

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