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17 items from 2005


'Island' No. 1 for 2 weeks, 'Charlie' hits $111.7 mil

22 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Like the last two weeks of the summer season at the domestic market, the overseas boxoffice is also undergoing the dog days of August. The giant-grossing tentpoles are on their last legs, allowing late-blooming entries a chance to shine and opening up dates for a slew of also-rans. The big surprise of the late summer continues to be the overseas performance of The Island, which led the international market for a second successive week, grossing $12.9 million from about 4,800 screens in 44 markets to lift its cume to date to $85.3 million. The Michael Bay-directed sci-fi thriller, which has only taken in about $34 million in its domestic run, joins King Arthur and Kingdom of Heaven among recent films that have been rescued by the foreign market. The Warner Bros. releases The Island and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which hurdled to $111.7 million after a $10.2 million weekend from some 3,500 screens in 37 markets) have helped stimulate offshore activity in the past two months after a worrisome general boxoffice decline in the first six months of the year. »

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Owen: "I'm Not To Blame for 'King Arthur'"

27 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Clive Owen insists his acting was not to blame for King Arthur's flop at the box office last year. The Closer star played the eponymous lead in the epic, directed by Training Day filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, and felt he did the best job he could to make the movie a success. He says, "I'm not going to slag off a film I've done, there are too many people involved. I'd admired Antoine Fuqua's previous work, and he's got together some serious people. As an actor you can't be responsible for everything, you do your job as best you can and that's it." »

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Overseas gets to 'Heaven,' $53.3 mil from 97 markets

10 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Overseas moviegoers proved again to be the best fans of historical action dramas, as Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven bowed over the weekend with $53.8 million from 7,702 screens in 97 territories, outshining domestic by about 2.8 times as part of a day-and-date worldwide launch. Distributors said cool weather, especially in north and central Eur?ope, also helped the international boxoffice over the past weekend. But it appears that historically themed epics have a way of stirring up offshore turnstiles. Last year, Van Helsing opened to $55.2 million on the same weekend, also beating the North American takeoff by a wide margin. Other overseas champs Heaven has emulated include King Arthur, Troy and Alexander, among others. Heaven, under the wing of 20th Century Fox (except for France and Italy), easily took command of the global market, finishing in the No. 1 position in practically 100% of its dates and tallying the biggest business of the year in at least 15 countries. Germany came through with $6.5 million from 842 screens; Spain, $4.9 million from 435; the United Kingdom, $4.8 million from 447; Korea, $3.9 million from 333 for a four-day weekend; Mexico, $2.6 million from 540; Russia, with $2.2 million from 363; Brazil, $1.6 million from 473; and Belgium, $1.1 million from 85. France, via local distributor Pathe, contributed $3.8 million from 491 screens, and Italy, via Medusa Films, supplied $3.8 million from 491. »

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'Kingdom' reigns better abroad

9 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Showing more heft abroad than at home, Kingdom of Heaven delivered a celestial $56 million in 100 overseas markets (compared with $20 million in the states) during the weekend, according to 20th Century Fox's Sunday projections. The Ridley Scott-helmed pic looks like it's emulating such other historical epics as Troy, Gladiator, The Last Samurai and King Arthur, which performed more strongly internationally than in the U.S. Although the Orlando Bloom-Jeremy Irons-Liam Neeson starrer bowed well below the Brad Pitt vehicle Troy in major markets, Fox execs said that they're pleased with the figures, rating them a "bit better than expected." »

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Overseas gets to 'Heaven,' $53.3 mil from 97 markets

9 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Overseas moviegoers proved again to be the best fans of historical action dramas, as Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven bowed over the weekend with $53.8 million from 7,702 screens in 97 territories, outshining domestic by about 2.8 times as part of a day-and-date worldwide launch. Distributors said cool weather, especially in north and central Eur?ope, also helped the international boxoffice over the past weekend. But it appears that historically themed epics have a way of stirring up offshore turnstiles. Last year, Van Helsing opened to $55.2 million on the same weekend, also beating the North American takeoff by a wide margin. Other overseas champs Heaven has emulated include King Arthur, Troy and Alexander, among others. Heaven, under the wing of 20th Century Fox (except for France and Italy), easily took command of the global market, finishing in the No. 1 position in practically 100% of its dates and tallying the biggest business of the year in at least 15 countries. Germany came through with $6.5 million from 842 screens; Spain, $4.9 million from 435; the United Kingdom, $4.8 million from 447; Korea, $3.9 million from 333 for a four-day weekend; Mexico, $2.6 million from 540; Russia, with $2.2 million from 363; Brazil, $1.6 million from 473; and Belgium, $1.1 million from 85. France, via local distributor Pathe, contributed $3.8 million from 491 screens, and Italy, via Medusa Films, supplied $3.8 million from 491. »

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Boxoffice keys to 'Kingdom'

9 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

While 20th Century Fox's Kingdom of Heaven easily topped the charts on its debut this weekend, the historical epic from director Ridley Scott led a somewhat lethargic charge at the domestic boxoffice as the period piece conquered $19.6 million, according to Monday's final figures. As is usually the case with historical epics, the R-rated Kingdom, starring Orlando Bloom, did better internationally with an estimated $56 million from 97 territories where it opened day and date, landing in the top spot in nearly every market. The worldwide weekend gross for Kingdom was an estimated $76 million. Even though the opening for Kingdom was in the area expected, it was a far cry from Warner Bros. Pictures' Troy ($46.7 million) or Scott's last sword-and-sandal film, DreamWorks' Gladiator ($34.8 million), but was better than Buena Vista's King Arthur ($15.2 million) and Warners' Alexander ($13.7 million). In historical epic fashion, overseas Troy generated nearly three times its domestic gross. That said, the soft domestic opening for Kingdom, relative to its estimated $130 million cost, most likely will be aided by strong international boxoffice returns. »

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'Kingdom' reigns better abroad

9 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Showing more heft abroad than at home, Kingdom of Heaven delivered a celestial $56 million in 100 overseas markets (compared with $20 million in the states) during the weekend, according to 20th Century Fox's Sunday projections. The Ridley Scott-helmed pic looks like it's emulating such other historical epics as Troy, Gladiator, The Last Samurai and King Arthur, which performed more strongly internationally than in the U.S. Although the Orlando Bloom-Jeremy Irons-Liam Neeson starrer bowed well below the Brad Pitt vehicle Troy in major markets, Fox execs said that they're pleased with the figures, rating them a "bit better than expected." »

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Overseas gets to 'Heaven,' $53.3 mil from 97 markets

9 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Overseas moviegoers proved again to be the best fans of historical action dramas, as Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven bowed over the weekend with $53.8 million from 7,702 screens in 97 territories, outshining domestic by about 2.8 times as part of a day-and-date worldwide launch. Distributors said cool weather, especially in north and central Eur?ope, also helped the international boxoffice over the past weekend. But it appears that historically themed epics have a way of stirring up offshore turnstiles. Last year, Van Helsing opened to $55.2 million on the same weekend, also beating the North American takeoff by a wide margin. Other overseas champs Heaven has emulated include King Arthur, Troy and Alexander, among others. Heaven, under the wing of 20th Century Fox (except for France and Italy), easily took command of the global market, finishing in the No. 1 position in practically 100% of its dates and tallying the biggest business of the year in at least 15 countries. Germany came through with $6.5 million from 842 screens; Spain, $4.9 million from 435; the United Kingdom, $4.8 million from 447; Korea, $3.9 million from 333 for a four-day weekend; Mexico, $2.6 million from 540; Russia, with $2.2 million from 363; Brazil, $1.6 million from 473; and Belgium, $1.1 million from 85. France, via local distributor Pathe, contributed $3.8 million from 491 screens, and Italy, via Medusa Films, supplied $3.8 million from 491. »

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Boxoffice has keys to 'Kingdom'

9 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

While 20th Century Fox's Kingdom of Heaven easily topped the charts on its debut this weekend, the historical epic from director Ridley Scott led a somewhat lethargic charge at the domestic boxoffice as the period piece conquered $19.6 million, according to Monday's final figures. As is usually the case with historical epics, the R-rated Kingdom, starring Orlando Bloom, did better internationally with an estimated $56 million from 97 territories where it opened day and date, landing in the top spot in nearly every market. The worldwide weekend gross for Kingdom was an estimated $76 million. Even though the opening for Kingdom was in the area expected, it was a far cry from Warner Bros. Pictures' Troy ($46.7 million) or Scott's last sword-and-sandal film, DreamWorks' Gladiator ($34.8 million), but was better than Buena Vista's King Arthur ($15.2 million) and Warners' Alexander ($13.7 million). In historical epic fashion, overseas Troy generated nearly three times its domestic gross. That said, the soft domestic opening for Kingdom, relative to its estimated $130 million cost, most likely will be aided by strong international boxoffice returns. »

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'Kingdom' reigns better abroad

8 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Showing more heft abroad than at home, Kingdom of Heaven delivered a celestial $56 million in 100 overseas markets (compared with $20 million in the states) during the weekend, according to 20th Century Fox's Sunday projections. The Ridley Scott-helmed pic looks like it's emulating such other historical epics as Troy, Gladiator, The Last Samurai and King Arthur, which performed more strongly internationally than in the U.S. Although the Orlando Bloom-Jeremy Irons-Liam Neeson starrer bowed well below the Brad Pitt vehicle Troy in major markets, Fox execs said that they're pleased with the figures, rating them a "bit better than expected." »

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'Kingdom' reigns better abroad

8 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Showing more heft abroad than at home, Kingdom of Heaven delivered a celestial $56 million in 100 overseas markets (compared with $20 million in the states) during the weekend, according to 20th Century Fox's Sunday projections. The Ridley Scott-helmed pic looks like it's emulating such other historical epics as Troy, Gladiator, The Last Samurai and King Arthur, which performed more strongly internationally than in the U.S. Although the Orlando Bloom-Jeremy Irons-Liam Neeson starrer bowed well below the Brad Pitt vehicle Troy in major markets, Fox execs said that they're pleased with the figures, rating them a "bit better than expected." »

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Knightley Scared To Bare Bottom

31 January 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British beauty Keira Knightley is insecure about her body - and refuses to bear her naked bottom in front of the camera. The King Arthur screen siren recently filmed her first sex scenes in movie The Jacket, and she was anxious to have as few crew members on set as possible. The 19-year-old recalls telling a director, "You're not going to see my a*se! The top half is fine but the bottom half isn't. It's a girl thing. You know, it's just one of those things." Knightley jumped at the chance to star alongside Oscar-winner Adrien Brody in The Jacket because it was unlike any role she'd been offered before. She says, "When I read this script the character was different from anything I had played before and was just really, really exciting." Before her first sex scene, Knightley made special arrangements with director John Maybury: "It was kind of the first time I had done a nude thing. It was cool. It was only John, the cameraman and the focus-puller, so there were only three people." »

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'Pirates' sequels capture Skarsgard, Harris

28 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris are boarding Walt Disney Pictures' back-to-back sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The sequels reunite the main players in the 2003 blockbuster: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley star, Gore Verbinski directs, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio write and Jerry Bruckheimer produces. In the new films, Skarsgard will play Bloom's long-lost father, and Harris will play a gypsy queen. Disney's Brigham Taylor is overseeing. Pirates 2 is scheduled for a summer 2006 release. Shooting is to start in early March in Los Angeles and the Caribbean. Pirates 2 reunites Skarsgard with Bruckheimer; the actor appeared in last year's King Arthur, which Bruckheimer produced. ICM-repped Skarsgard's recent credits include Exorcist: The Beginning and Dogville. Harris might be best known stateside for starring in the horror film 28 Days Later. She also appeared in After the Sunset as well as British television's adaptation of Zadie Smith's novel White Teeth. Harris is repped by CAA. »

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'Alexander' rules international boxoffice

17 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Closer, Gong fu (Kung Fu Hustle) and Hauru no ugoku shiro (Howl's Moving Castle) all proved their global mettle, while The Incredibles, National Treasure and Ocean's Twelve battled it out neck-and-neck for the top spot with takings of $10 million each. However, based on available estimates, it was Alexander that conquered the international boxoffice this weekend, trampling competitors in every Warner Bros. territory in which it opened. In Italy, Oliver Stone's opus was No. 1 ahead of holdovers for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason with an estimated $3.3 million from 485 prints. Opening results were 28% better than that of Gladiator and 37% up on King Arthur. Alexander also opened at No. 1 in Brazil, grossing an estimated $988,000 from 193 screens ahead of holdover The Grudge in week two and opener Seed of Chucky. Results there were 14% better than Gladiator and 55% above King Arthur. The Colin Farrell starrer also opened No. 1 in Venezuela, Chile, Panama, Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia. Sony's Closer topped the charts in all five territories in which it opened. In the United Kingdom takings were $3.1 million on 276 screens; in Germany $2.3 million from 474 screens; in Switzerland $385,000 off 27 screens; in Austria $266,000 from 44 screens; and in Israel $140,000 off 18 screens. The eight-country weekend estimate (including holdovers in Italy) was $6.9 million from 1,100 screens, bringing the cume to $138 million. »

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'Alexander' rules international boxoffice

16 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Closer, Gong fu (Kung Fu Hustle) and Hauru no ugoku shiro (Howl's Moving Castle) all proved their global mettle, while The Incredibles, National Treasure and Ocean's Twelve battled it out neck-and-neck for the top spot with takings of $10 million each. However, based on available estimates, it was Alexander that conquered the international boxoffice this weekend, trampling competitors in every Warner Bros. territory in which it opened. In Italy, Oliver Stone's opus was No. 1 ahead of holdovers for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason with an estimated $3.3 million from 485 prints. Opening results were 28% better than that of Gladiator and 37% up on King Arthur. Alexander also opened at No. 1 in Brazil, grossing an estimated $988,000 from 193 screens ahead of holdover The Grudge in week two and opener Seed of Chucky. Results there were 14% better than Gladiator and 55% above King Arthur. The Colin Farrell starrer also opened No. 1 in Venezuela, Chile, Panama, Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia. Sony's Closer topped the charts in all five territories in which it opened. In the United Kingdom takings were $3.1 million on 276 screens; in Germany $2.3 million from 474 screens; in Switzerland $385,000 off 27 screens; in Austria $266,000 from 44 screens; and in Israel $140,000 off 18 screens. The eight-country weekend estimate (including holdovers in Italy) was $6.9 million from 1,100 screens, bringing the cume to $138 million. »

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'Alexander' rules international boxoffice

16 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Closer, Gong fu (Kung Fu Hustle) and Hauru no ugoku shiro (Howl's Moving Castle) all proved their global mettle, while The Incredibles, National Treasure and Ocean's Twelve battled it out neck-and-neck for the top spot with takings of $10 million each. However, based on available estimates, it was Alexander that conquered the international boxoffice this weekend, trampling competitors in every Warner Bros. territory in which it opened. In Italy, Oliver Stone's opus was No. 1 ahead of holdovers for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason with an estimated $3.3 million from 485 prints. Opening results were 28% better than that of Gladiator and 37% up on King Arthur. Alexander also opened at No. 1 in Brazil, grossing an estimated $988,000 from 193 screens ahead of holdover The Grudge in week two and opener Seed of Chucky. Results there were 14% better than Gladiator and 55% above King Arthur. The Colin Farrell starrer also opened No. 1 in Venezuela, Chile, Panama, Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia. Sony's Closer topped the charts in all five territories in which it opened. In the United Kingdom takings were $3.1 million on 276 screens; in Germany $2.3 million from 474 screens; in Switzerland $385,000 off 27 screens; in Austria $266,000 from 44 screens; and in Israel $140,000 off 18 screens. The eight-country weekend estimate (including holdovers in Italy) was $6.9 million from 1,100 screens, bringing the cume to $138 million. »

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Overseas fans picking up 'Alexander' after domestic fall

11 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oliver Stone's Alexander appears to be joining King Arthur, Troy and The Last Samurai in recovering lost ground overseas after a disappointing run in the domestic market. Over the weekend, the epic adventure took in $16.9 million in a market that is holding up well after the year-end holiday splurge. Ocean's Twelve remained at high tide with $17.2 million, The Incredibles topped $300 million, National Treasure hurdled $100 million, Meet the Fockers is catching on in the offshore market, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason continues to ride high, The Aviator is lifting off pleasingly, White Noise drummed up the No. 1 spot in the United Kingdom, The Grudge gave off sparks in 14 markets, and Kung Fu Hustle kept up a hot pace in Asia. Alexander hit an international cume of $66.3 million, almost doubling its anemic domestic take of $34 million. »

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