Three Korean films made a big impact on the international chart this weekend, and their collective total accounted for 5.4% of the international revenue from the top 40 films over the three-day period.
Three new Korean openers - Kidnapping Granny K, Two Faces Of My Girlfriend and The Happy Life - all made the top 25 films at the weekend, having only opened in their home territory. Comedy Granny K, released by Cinema Service, came out on top, taking $2.2m from 420 screens for a $5,256 screen average. It entered Screen's international chart at number 17.
Showbox's romantic comedy Two Faces Of My Girlfriend made the top 20 with a $1.7m take, while CJ Entertainment's The Happy Life, the story of three middle-aged men dealing with the loss of a friend, took $1.3m from 344 screens. Including previews, the three new entrants amassed more than $7m.
Korean drama My Father saw a solid second weekend, despite dropping by 57%. The film, distributed by Lotte Entertainment, took $1.1m from 296 screens and has generated $4.5m after just two weekends.
Fuji TV's Hero was still the strongest international contender for the second weekend running. The Japanese hit, directed by Masayuki Suzuki and starring Takuya Kimura (of popular Japanese band Smap) still holds strong to the number three position this weekend, despite a 20% drop, taking $7.2m from just 475 screens in its home territory. The film boasts the highest screen average this weekend - a whopping $15,057 - and has grossed more than $26m to date.
Other Japanese films in the chart this weekend include sci-fi animation Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone and Life: Tears In Heaven, a biopic of Japanese windsurfer Natsuki Iijima.
Evangelion boasted the second highest screen average this weekend, at $13,963, and grossed $1.2m from 91 screens. It fell two places to number 24 and has generated more than $9m in three weeks. Toho's Life fell by 21% and failed to pass $1m but did surpass the $10m mark in its fourth weekend.
Indian film Dhaamal saw the steepest drop - it fell by 58% in its second weekend, generating $1.1m from 488 screens, while Eros International's comedy Heyy Babyy fell 52% in its fourth weekend to $813,592 over the three-day period.
France saw its only international top 40 film with new entry La Verite Ou Presque, directed by Sam Karmann. The comedy, released by Rezo Films, was at 38 after a $764,791 take from 255 screens.
Universal Pictures International came up trumps this weekend - the distributor had the most international top 20 hits, led by the continued success of The Bourne Ultimatum. The third instalment of the franchise was up 32% after expanding in seven territories. It generated $20.8m over the weekend and has a $125m tally to date. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Atonement and Knocked Up took a collective $9.1m over the weekend.
Fox International's The Simpsons Movie was up a massive 191% after opening to $8.2m in Italy while New Line's Hairspray saw a 119% boost, fuelled by a $3m opening in Australia and a $1.1m opening in Spain.
Sony Pictures Releasing International saw success with Surf's Up which was up 121% after opening in Australia and Germany, while US teen comedy sensation Superbad started its international run with a $3.1m take.
The top 40 international films generated $117.5m from 42,677 screens from September 14-16. The collective total was up 2.6% week-on-week.