In an unusually strong frame for local films, “The Last Samurai” took line honors.
The champ for the fourth consecutive weekend overseas, “The Last Samurai” captured an estimated $17.7 million from debuts in 10 markets and holdovers in 45 territories, propelling cume to $272.8 million.
It overtakes “Ocean’s Eleven” to become WB Intl.’s seventh-biggest film. Tom Cruise (news) starrer conquered Russia, racking up $888,000 on 105 screens, but had to settle for second place in Turkey ($926,000 on 158) and Denmark ($526,000 on 50).
Warrior saga retained the ascendancy in its 10th stanza in Japan, commanding $2.6 million, spurring the market cume to $105.2 million — the highest grossing R-rated release locally, beating “The Matrix Reloaded.”
Tom Cruise was at John Travolta’s 50th birthday bash this weekend. Watch the video here, and click on the picture below to view all pictures from the birthday bash
This weekend, The Last Samurai grossed an estimated $23.3m (just a 25.6% drop from the prior weekend) for an international cume of $243.5m, way ahead of the domestic $107.5m total, and a worldwide cume gross to date of $351m.
The picture debuted in six territories and remained in theaters in 39 holdovers for a combined total of 5,925 screens. In Europe the film already crossed the century mark in grossed with a total gross of $105.8m making The Last Samurai Warner Brother’s eight biggest grossing film of all time there. The film opened in Finland and four small Eastern European and Middle Eastern markets, ranking No. 1 everywhere with an estimated take of $923,000. In holdovers all markets had fantastic holds except Italy where all films fell 40% as The Return of the King remained champ in its second weekend.
Italy’s total is $21.4m (4th weekend), with a drop of 39%
Spain’s total is $17.9m (4th), with a 29% drop
The U.K.’s total if $17.4m (4th), with a weekend drop of 31%
Germany’s total is $15.3m (4th), with a weekend drop of 32%
France’s total is $11.7m (3rd weekend), with a weekend drop of 38%
In Japan the film continued its phenomenal run, increasing by 21.8%! over the previous weekend for a total gross of $98.7m.
In the rest of Asia The Last Samurai’s grosses totaled $17.2m.
Latin America’s cume hit $13.8m with a 26% drop. The Tom Cruise starrer debuted in Venezuela taking in a solid $274,000 (Bolivar 435m) from 40 screens.
Australia and New Zealand’s total grew to $8m, with Australia dropping only 30%”.
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