“Da Vinci” passes $400 million overseas
By Frank Segers
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – “The Da Vinci Code” led
the foreign box office for a third weekend, as its total raced
to $410 million — more than double its North American haul of
Sony forecast the film version of Dan Brown’s best-selling
novel will “in the next couple of days” surpass 2002′s
“Spider-Man” (overseas gross of $417.9 million) and 2004′s
“Spider-Man 2″ ($410.5 million) to become the studio’s biggest
international hit ever.
“Da Vinci” earned $52 million over the weekend. It was No.
1 in Japan, Italy, Germany, Spain and six other European
markets, as well as Argentina and New Zealand.
Coming in a distant second was “X-Men: The Last Stand,”
which earned $33.5 million. The international total to date
stands at $134.5 million, about $40 million less than its
current domestic total.
“Poseidon” netted an estimated $22.9 million, taking its
international total to $34.1 million. The biggest new
“Poseidon” markets were South Korea (No. 1, $6.2 million),
Japan (No. 3, $2.7 million) and the U.K. (No. 3, $2.4 million).
“Over the Hedge” had limited overseas exposure, grossing an
estimated $6.7 million from nine territories, of which six were
new. The title, which has grossed $112.4 million in three weeks
of U.S. playtime, bowed to an estimated $4 million in Russia.
The overseas total stands at $8.6 million.
“Mission: Impossible III” grossed an estimated $6.6
million; its international box office total now stands at
$193.9 million — about $71 million more than the picture has
grossed so far in the U.S. — with Japan, China and India
playdates still ahead.