SYDNEY — Frighteners dominated the foreign BO this weekend as “The Exorcist” re-release opened strongly in territories that had been primed in recent weeks by the omnipresent “Hannibal.”
William Friedkin’s director’s cut of the 1973 horror mightily out-deviled the opposition in Mexico, garnering about $1.4 million from 211 screens in two days. In Argentina the re-release opened atop the totem with about $390,000 from 43 screens in two days.
An unchallenged “Hannibal” remained the highest earner in its fourth week in Blighty, grabbing about $1.3 million from 426 screens on Friday and Saturday.
“Traffic” continued to jam foreign charts opening in a clutch of smaller territories and claiming the top spot in Oz with three-day earnings of about $1.3 million from 173 screens.
In Spain, Fox laffer “Dude, Where’s My Car?” debuted on 225 screens with two-day earnings of about $1 million — insufficient to dislodge “Hannibal” from the top spot in its third week, but enough to bump local “No Te Fallare” into third. “15 Minutes” opened to tepid notoriety, earning about $300,000 from 176 screens.
‘Elliot’ modest in Mexico
In Mexico, on comparatively wide release for a British dance film, “Billy Elliot” debuted on 37 screens with modest earnings of about $91,000. “Hannibal” was dislodged by “The Exorcist” to second spot in week three, earning about $356,000 from 287.
Christopher Guest’s dog show laffer “Best in Show,” from Warner Bros., had little impact on a static B.O. in the U.K.
Senator Films’ “Das Experiment” opened strongly in Germany behind “What Women Want” and “Hannibal,” which both enjoyed a fourth week atop the totem. Vet TV helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Das Experiment” garnered about $900,000 in three days from 221 screens in its international debut. Twentieth Century Fox Germany’s “Digimon: The Movie” opened wider, on 375, but reaped about $600,000 for the same period, while “Quills” failed to make a significant opening weekend impact.
In Japan, Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” opened with about $236,000 in two days; Sony’s “Finding Forrester” essayed about $77,000.