'Knight's Tale' jousts B.O. in U.K. with $2.3 mil
Primates and prehistoric animals ruled the B.O. jungles in a bunch of markets last weekend while medieval knights conquered Blighty.Fox’s “Planet of the Apes” devoured $3.9 million in three days on 317 screens in Spain, hailed by the distrib on Monday as an all-time industry record — a welcome turnaround for Hollywood after a disappointing summer season which saw no stand-out preems in that territory. The Tim Burton-helmed saga drummed up a muscular $5.1 million in four days on 808 in Germany and $695,000 on 91 in Belgium. Given that the pic has been susceptible to second weekend drops of 50%-plus in some markets, its 45% decline in France was quite reasonable as it minted $3.9 million at the weekend, bringing the 12-day tally to $12.1 million. After a heatwave-impacted bow in Holland, the “Apes” remake improved by 12%, picking up $431,000, to elevate the territory total to $980,000. Cumes and other data from some studios were not available due to the Labor Day holiday. The Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker vehicle “Rush Hour 2” charged into France in second spot, whipping up $3.25 million in five days on 550 prints, which doubled the original’s debut, according to New Line. The action comedy is drawing youngsters in France, while in the U.K. it snared an impressive $13.8 million through its fifth lap. Pic also bowed smartly in South Africa, mustering $330,000 on about 45 screens. “Jurassic Park III” kicked off the new season in Italy with an emphatic $1.8 million in 296, and the flying dinos landed in Australia with a solid but not stellar $1.9 million on 203. The Thursday-Friday figures in Oz weren’t great but biz rallied at the weekend, indicating Joe Johnston’s caper is skewing fairly young. The sequel nabbed a uniformly good $512,000 on 103 in Thailand (trailing the third round of local click “Suriyothai”), $251,000 on 44 in New Zealand and $216,000 on 73 in Poland. All told, “Jurassic” dug up $8.7 million from 2,900 engagements in 26 countries, propelling cume to $150.7 million. Sony’s “A Knight’s Tale” rang up a dashing $2.3 million in three days on 336 in the U.K., including previews, and dipped by 33% Down Under, where it’s raked in a superb $2.3 million in 11 days. Attendances in Blighty on Saturday were markedly affected by a televised soccer match between Germany and England. “Bridget Jones’s Diary” penned $5.3 million on 1,304 screens in 18 markets, hoisting its total to $113.4 million. The romantic comedy wooed $368,000 in two days on 54 in Korea, beating “Shakespeare in Love” by 40% and “Billy Elliot” by 123%. Pic benefited from a return to cooler weather in Germany, surging by 53% in its soph session, scoring $5.4 million in 11 days. Another beneficiary of the German uplift was Western spoof “Der Schuh Des Manitu,” which jumped by 32% in its seventh outing, taking its cume to a rich $30.5 million. Auds in Latin America are embracing Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge,” which had rousing second weekends in Argentina (off 7%, whistling up $548,000 thus far), Mexico (down 24%; $1.5 million), and Brazil (sliding by 30%; $1 million). John Madden’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” has hit an off-note in Oz, where it’s orchestrated $1.2 million in 11 days, easing by 26%.