LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Duplicating its No. 1
debut in North America, "The Simpsons Movie" opened on top
internationally over the weekend, grossing an estimated $96
million from 71 territories.
The Fox TV franchise, which has run 18 seasons and some 400
episodes, proved to be a No. 1 attraction as a feature film in
just about every market it played, according to Paul Hanneman,
co-president of 20th Century Fox International. Its worldwide
box office total stands at $167.9 million.
Opening weekend tallies of "Simpsons" in Argentina, Chile,
Colombia and Uruguay set film industry records. In Finland, it
registered the biggest opening weekend ever for an animation
title, as well as setting opening-weekend records for Fox in
Bolivia, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
The film's biggest single market was the U.K., where Homer,
Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie hauled away an estimated $27.8
million. "The Simpsons" stands as Fox's second-biggest U.K.
opening ever, after 2005's "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge
of the Sith."
In Germany, "Simpsons" drew an estimated $14.2 million, the
third-biggest market opening for an animation title. In
Australia, the tally was $10.7 million, which Hanneman believed
was the biggest market opening ever for an animation title.
The debut in France provided an estimated $9.3 million. The
Spain bow, also Fox's second-biggest on record after "Sith,"
came in at $9.7 million.
Hanneman noted that "Simpsons" opened in eight of the top
15 international markets on the weekend, with playdates in the
remaining top markets spread out over August and September.
After two weekends at No. 1, "Harry Potter and the Order of
the Phoenix" slipped to No. 2 with $50 million from 59 markets;
its total stands at $450 million. Britain leads the way with
$76.4 million, followd by Germany with $45.7 million.
Finishing third was "Transformers," which took in $42
million from 48 markets. Its overseas total stands at $246.5
million. By far, the biggest of the five new markets for
"Transformers" was the U.K., where it bowed to an estimated
In fourth place was "Ratatouille," which charmed $10
million from 18 territories, led by Japan with $4.2 million and
South Korea with $2 million. Openings in France, Belgium,
Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Hong Kong and Taiwan are scheduled
through the coming week.
No. 5 was "Die Hard 4," with $8.5 million from 51 markets.
Released domestically as "Live Free or Die Hard," the film has
earned $175 million internationally, with a slew of key
overseas markets to play in August through October.
Other foreign totals: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's
End," $644.5 million; "Shrek the Third," $397.5 million; "Mr.
Bean's Holiday" (which bows domestically on August 24), $186
million; "Ocean's Thirteen," $159.3 million; and "Fantastic
Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," $110 million.