Pic to unspool in 90% of foreign markets in next 3 weeks
Day-and-date with domestic, “Jurassic Park III” invaded 12 offshore markets over the weekend, delivering toothsome figures that generally eclipsed the bows of the original “Jurassic Park.”The Joe Johnston-helmed adventure rang up an estimated $4.8 million Friday-Saturday from 455 locations in the U.K., plus Thursday night sneaks — on par with the first edition. Mexico’s $1.9 million haul in two days on 328 screens (with previews) stands as an all-time UIP record in the market, beating the entry of “The Mummy Returns.” Argentina’s $625,000 on 65 repped more than double the take of “Jurassic Park,” 25% ahead of “The Mummy” sequel and only 10% below “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” South Korea’s two-day bow stalked to $620,000 on 55 screens in the key cities; comparative data wasn’t applicable because the pic opened there on Friday, a day earlier than the regular release day. Dino pic an Asian gorilla Singapore’s $752,000 in three days on 55, with previews, was 15% higher than “Mission: Impossible 2″ and 50% ahead of the first dino pic. Malaysia’s $482,000 in three days on 41, also with sneaks, trounced “Jurassic Park” by 66% and “M:I 2″ by 22%. “We are delighted and thrilled at these amazing numbers coming in from Latin America, Europe and Asia,” UIP president-chief operating officer Andrew Cripps told Daily Variety. Universal’s pic is slated to unspool in 90% of foreign markets over the next three weeks. Cripps said the accelerated rollout is intended to capitalize on school vacations and the pic’s perceived bankability as a sequel to one of the world’s most popular film franchises. Meanwhile “Pearl Harbor” captured an estimated $9.5 million over the weekend, propelling foreign cume to $166 million. ‘Pearl’ hits in 2nd wave Coming off a monster preem in Japan, Michael Bay’s WWII epic eased by an estimated 32% in the key cities and 28% nationwide, fetching roughly $4 million, which brings the nine-day cume to $14.9 million. “We’re really happy with that hold,” said BVI exec VP Anthony Marcoly, who noted that “Pearl Harbor” ranks third behind local freshman “Spirited Away” (an animated fantasy from “Princess Mononoke” helmer Hayao Miyazaki), which conjured up an estimated $8.8 million on 340, and the fourth weekend of “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” Warner Bros. reported “A.I.” dropped by a mere 19%, uploading $4.4 million — hailed as the second-highest fourth weekend ever in Japan, just 9% below that of “Jurassic Park.” Teutons saddle up In Germany, local pic “Der Schuh Des Manitu,” a comedy-Western, galloped into cinemas with a socko $3.4 million in three days on 529. That whipped “Evolution’s” $1.4 million debut on 604 and a surprisingly meek $568,000 entry for “Cats & Dogs” on 518. Ivan Reitman’s “Evolution” minted $1.4 million in four days on 544 in France, trailing “Shrek” in its third round. DreamWorks toon reigned in its soph session in Spain, fetching $494,000 Friday-Saturday on 250 (slipping just 19%), hoisting the territory cume to $2.7 million. Cyberthriller “Swordfish” was No. 2 in Spain with a ho-hum $331,000 in two days on 236. “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” stormed Hong Kong, nabbing $769,000 in three days on 35. Down Under, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” penned a terrif $1.03 million from sneaks on 186, narrowly behind “Shrek,” which dipped by 33% in its fifth outing, drawing $1.07 million on 218.