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Despite bad reviews, PP a worldwide success


Daily Variety
March 13, 2006 Monday
NEWS; Pg. 31
B.O. tickled 'Pink'; 'Brokeback' strong
DAVE McNARY

"The Pink Panther" pounced on the top spot at the foreign box office with $9.2 million, edging family fave "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" amid continued mild offshore business.

It was the third time in the last four weekends that no film managed to hit $10 million, with "Narnia" the only pic to reach eight figures during that stretch. During the same frame of 2005, "Hitch" dominated with $30.2 million.

"Panther," handled by Fox overseas, performed best in its German opening, with $2.1 million at 540 engagements. Pic's French launch took in $1.4 million at 504 playdates, its third weekend in Spain $1.3 million at 350, and its Australian debut $965,000 at 243. The Steve Martin starrer also took in $510,000 at 60 sites in Austria and $401,000 at 70 in Switzerland.

"Panther" has cumed $30 million overseas and $104 million worldwide. It hasn't opened yet in the U.K.

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