Family fare perks up overseas box office

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2008, 15:35 PM IST

Los Angeles, April 08: "Dr. Suess' Horton Hears a Who!" led the foreign box office for a second consecutive weekend, while "The Spiderwick Chronicles" also played strongly with the family crowd.

"Horton Hears a Who!" earned $10.8 mn from 54 markets for a foreign total of $90.6 mn, according to final data issued Monday. France contributed $3,3 mn to the weekend total. "Spiderwick Chronicles" brought in $6.8 mn from 45 markets, taking its haul to about $58 mn.

But the big surprise of the period before May's onslaught of the summer blockbusters was the performance of a series of French films. Following on the heels of the phenomenal "Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis," the rural comedy that has enchanted France for six weeks in a row, comes another comedy, "Disco," which grabbed top honors with $8.5 mn.

"Ch'tis" dropped to second place with $6.7 mn for a market total of $168.5 mn. It has sold 17.4 mn tickets since it opened February 27, beating the 42-year-old record of 17.3 mn admissions for the war film "La Grande Vadrouille."

Elsewhere, teenagers turned out for "Step Up 2 the Streets," which scored $5 mn from 26 markets for a total of $61.4 mn. More family action saw "The Game Plan" tally $3.3 mn from 11 markets for a total of $43.4 mn.

"Enchanted" increased its total to $207.1 mn after a $23.3 mn take from Japan in four weeks; the fantasy dropped to No 2 there after three weeks at No 1.

The prehistoric epic "10,000 BC" lifted its international gross to $153.9 mn after a weekend tally of $5.9 mn from 62 territories. "Vantage Point" advanced to $67.5 mn following a weekend take of $4 mn from 57 markets.

Other foreign totals: "Cloverfield," $80 mn; "27 Dresses," $65.3 mn; "Jumper," $124.6 mn; "Juno," $74.2 mn; and "No Country for Old Men," $81.1 mn.

Bureau Report