The weekend B.O. overseas was neither fast nor furious, with “Moulin Rouge” in the U.K. and “The Others” in Spain ranking among the handful of potent preems.
“The Fast and the Furious” beat fellow frosh “Original Sin” in fairly soft trading in Mexico, while “A Knight’s Tale” was less than valiant in Germany and Spain.
Entering its first major Euro market accompanied by a well-orchestrated publicity blitz, Nicole Kidman’s “Moulin Rouge” rang up an estimated $3.2 million in three days at 300 locations, including Thursday previews, in Blighty. That was 32% ahead of “Shakespeare in Love’s” bow and 15% up on that of “Evita,” Fox reported Sunday. The distrib said the tuner has racked up an estimated $2 million in Mexico and $1.5 million in Brazil, both through its third stanzas.
‘Others’ grips Spain
The local connections of “The Others” — it was shot in Spain with a Spanish crew — helped propel another Kidman starrer, helmed by Alejandro Amenabar, to a stellar $1.5 million in two days on 305 prints in that market.
Miramax’s horror spoof “Scary Movie 2” launched in the U.K. in second spot with a solid $1.2 million in two days on 404.
In its offshore debut, the Universal/UIP actioner “The Fast and the Furious” pocketed roughly $398,000 Friday-Saturday on 243 in Mexico, shading “Original Sin’s” $380,000 on 239. Fox estimated the Antonio Banderas/Angelina Jolie headliner’s three-day haul at $705,000.
Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” experienced typical 50% second weekend drops, making an estimated $2.9 million on 818 in Germany (where it has scored a nonetheless impressive $9.6 million in 11 days) and $2 million in Spain after its industry record opening (tallying $8.2 million in 10 days).
“A Knight’s Tale” rode into Germany with $1.2 million in three days on 434 and Spain with $456,000 in two days on 227 — medieval jousting evidently not holding much appeal to local sensibilities.
The Heath Ledger starrer is a much stronger draw in the U.K., coining $915,000 in its second turn (Friday-Saturday) on 372.
Hong Kong loves ‘Bridget’
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” fetched $245,000 in three days on 24 in Hong Kong, 50% better than “Shakespeare in Love” and 20% up on “Liar Liar.” The romantic comedy eased by a trifling 5% in its third round in Germany, retaining pole position, boosting the cume through Saturday to about $8.1 million.
“Jurassic Park III” skidded by 46% after a good but not great debut in Oz, bringing in about $1 million in its second weekend, elevating the territory cume to $3.4 million.
DreamWorks/UIP’s “Shrek” captivated Sweden to the tune of $247,000 in two days on 109 and Denmark with $232,000 in two days on 65 — eclipsing the launches of “Chicken Run” and “The Prince of Egypt” in both territories.