‘Harry’ rules o’seas, surpassing $300 mil

Potter bows at #1 in Hungary, South Korea; holding over well elsewhere

“Harry Potter” continued its dominating world tour, ringing up another estimated $45.4 million from 8,500 screens in 39 markets, propelling its foreign cume well past $300 million.

Sunday, Warners estimated “Harry’s” international receipts at $313 million, well ahead of the pic’s roughly $252 million domestic tally.

Strong weekend estimate of $45.4 million is nevertheless shy of last week’s record $62.3 million from 8,524 prints in 37 countries, which topped the prior weekend record haul of $60.9 million.

Known as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in Asia and “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” elsewhere, the pic preemed atop the totem this weekend in Hungary and South Korea, returned for seconds in France and Italy and enjoyed top spot holdovers in Japan, Australia, Israel, Thailand and likely 17 Euro territories including Germany, Blighty, Spain and Austria.

Only in Mexico was it bumped into second spot, by BVI’s “Monsters Inc.,” which over three days garnered about $2.8 million from 635 houses and looks set to become the third largest animated opening there after “Tarzan” and “Dinosaur.”

“Harry” notched an opening weekend record in Seoul, generating about $1.4 million from 75 screens and surpassing by 11% the record held by local pic “Dharma.” Nationwide, Warners expects receipts to tally $3.14 million from 164 screens.

In Oz, Sony’s horror “Thir13en Ghosts” debuted in third spot, below “Harry” and “American Pie 2.” Pic generated about $300,000 from 126 houses over four days.

In Spain, debuts of “The Princess Diaries” and “Rat Race” were tempered by a B.O. dominated by “Harry Potter,” “American Pie 2” and “Don’t Say A Word” in that order. BVI’s “Diaries” garnered about $180,000 from 182 screens over Friday and Saturday, a little ahead of comedy “Rat Race,” which delivered about $163,000 from 162.

In Argentina “Bandits” bowed behind “Harry” and “Monsters,” in laps three and two respectively, to garner about $105,000 from 39, taking third spot over the three-day weekend. Big news in that market was generated by local pic “Besos Para Todos,” which earned $43,000 from just 12 screens.

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