The top 40 international films generated $181.9m across 42,426 screens for the period of May 30-June 1. For the full international chart, compiled by Len Klady, click here.
The Caregiver, distributed by Star Cinema, came in at number 14 with a $1.4m take across just 70 screens in its opening weekend. It is directed by Chito S Rono and stars local favourite Sharon Cuneta. The film follows the lives of Filipinos working abroad to support their families back home.
Meanwhile, Italian title Il Divo was the highest non-US entrant to the chart this weekend, enjoying a $1.713m take. It is released through Lucky Red, playing on 338 screens in Italy for a $5,069 screen average and has grossed nearly $2.1m, including previews. The biopic, based on the story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, was in Competition in Cannes where it won the Jury Prize.
Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner, Gomorrah, another Italian offering, trailed just behind with a $1.712m take. Matteo Garrone's mafia tale fell 41% in its home territory and played across 383 screens for a $4,471 screen average. It is distributed through Rai Cinema and has generated $11.2m after three weekends on release.
Four Japanese titles accumulated $4.7m over the weekend, led by new entrant Cyborg She. The action film, written and directed by Jae-young Kwak (My Mighty Princess) opened at number 12 with a $1.69m take from 293 screens in Japan for a $5,730 screen average. It is distributed locally through Gaga Communications.
Three holdover titles from Japan all stayed in the chart, suffering modest drops at the weekend. Partners: The Movie, distributed by Toei, stayed in the top 10, falling just 9% with a $1.8m take. The film played on 302 screens for a $6,115 screen average and has generated $34.3m after four weekends on release.
Mystery adventure After School fell a mere 12% in its second weekend with a $590,206 take. It played on just 72 screens, giving it an $8,197 screen average in Japan. It is distributed by Klock Worx and has taken nearly $2m to date.
And Toho's Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess dropped 22% in its fourth weekend. It has generated $561,637 from 315 screens for a $1,783 screen average and has taken $7.1m to date.
Two new Chinese-language films were the last new releases to the chart this weekend, led by Shanghai Film's Calabash Brothers which opened with a $511,200 take on 425 screens. The animation, based on the popular Chinese television series of the same name, had a $1,203 screen average and has taken $720,600 to date in its home territory. And Mei Ah's film The Ex fell just shy of the $0.5m mark in its opening weekend with a $475,300 take. It has grossed $646,700 to date, including previews.
Elsewhere, four French holdover titles are still in the top 30, despite only one hitting the $1m mark at the weekend. Cannes Competition title A Christmas Tale, released locally through Bac Films, took $1m from 190 screens for a $5,362 screen average, falling just 6% in its second weekend. It has taken $2.3m to date.
Studio Canal's Deux Jours A Tuer generated $876,026 in its fifth weekend for a $8.5m cumulative total while Pathe's Welcome To The Sticks fell 4% with a $634,133 take for a massive $203.7m to date. And Europa's Taken enjoyed a $578,819 take in its 14th weekend, up 19%, fast closing in on the $30m mark.
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull still remains king with a whopping $71.4m weekend take from 56 territories giving it a $266.7m international tally after just two weekends. But Sex And The City showed its girl power, generating $32.8m in its opening weekend from just 14 territories and has a $37.5m cumulative total, including previews.