The Sixth Sense, the supernatural thriller starring Bruce Willis and critically acclaimed youngster Haley Joel Osment, is still raking in box office revenue from around the world. After a spectacular opening in Spain last week and a third week at the top of the French box office, the film's tally is close $550m. This earns it tenth place in the all-time top 10 worldwide chart, ousting The Empire Strikes Back which took a total of $538.4m from its 1980 and 1997 releases. And with several minor territories still to open, the chiller looks certain to reach $600m.
Spanish cinema-goers flocked to see the movie in its opening week (beginning Jan 14), bringing in a huge screen average of $22,902 from a seven day gross of $5.1m (Pts795m). This is the biggest opening for any film since Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace which opened on a higher screen count of 355 (compared to 224) but grossed only $0.1m more in its first week's box office take.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who was nominated this week for the Directors Guild Of America, The Sixth Sense is also topping the box office in France. After just three weeks it has attracted 3.8 million admissions, approximately $23m in box office terms. Other high performing international territories are the UK with $37m and Japan with around $30m. Domestically the picture has grossed $278m.
The Sixth Sense was the second film to be co-financed by Disney and Spyglass Entertainment. Spyglass has sold the film in Germany, Greece, Scandinavia, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland plus some smaller territories. Buena Vista International has it elsewhere.