'Unbreakable' opens as B.O. holiday leader

“Unbreakable” looked unstoppable overseas as the M. Night Shyamalan thriller opened as the leader in half a dozen territories.

BVI reported a New Year’s weekend total of $16.8 million at 2,749 engagements in 19 markets to boost the pic’s overseas cume to $41.5 million.

“Unbreakable,” which topped $86 million Stateside, posted its biggest take in France with a debut of $5.1 million at 548 sites — BVI’s third-best French opening after “Tarzan” and Shyamalan’s 1999 blockbuster “The Sixth Sense.”

“Unbreakable” posted similarly powerful rollouts in four other Euro markets — Germany with $3.8 million at 721, the U.K. with $2.9 million at 413, Austria with $670,000 at 87 and Belgium with $640,000 at 75. The German debut was BVI’s third-best after “Armageddon” and “Runaway Bride” and its second-best after “Armageddon” in Austria and Belgium.

In Israel, the debut of “Unbreakable” set a BVI record and led with $340,000 at 30. It also posted a 55% rise in Italy with $950,000 at 194 as BVI added 50 engagements.

“Meet the Parents” has been met with overseas approval as the laffer ended the year by continuing to duplicate its Stateside success. UIP reported that “Parents,” which topped $160 million in its domestic run, grossed $11.7 million at 1,940 theaters in 17 territories over the New Year’s weekend to boost foreign cume to $36.5 million.

The Robert De Niro/Ben Stiller vehicle led in Australia in its first weekend with $2.3 million at 266 for a first-week cume of $3.8 million; it opened in first in Singapore with $459,000 at 29 in its first five days, marking the highest debut gross for a comedy in that territory.

“Parents” also remained atop the Spanish market, with $1.1 million at 216, up 23%, to boost its cume to $4.2 million, and finished second in the U.K. and Germany.

Disney’s “Dinosaur” was far from extinct with $8.4 million at 3,013 in 20 territories to lift foreign cume to $180.1 million. Distrib BVI expects that total to pass $200 million soon, marking the ninth Disney animated film to top that offshore milestone.

“Dinosaur” continued to feast on the Japanese market in its fourth weekend as it led again by matching the Christmas weekend take of $3.3 million at 410. It has cumed $22.5 million in Japan and been the dominant film during that nation’s Shogatsu holiday period.

In France, “Dinosaur” boosted its gross by 38% to $2.8 million at 821 in its fifth weekend to lift its French cume to $20.3 million.

Domestic sensation “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” grabbed $4.3 million at 2,587 sites in two dozen foreign markets to boost its overseas cume to $65.5 million. On Monday, “Grinch” became Imagine Entertainment’s highest U.K. grosser at $18.3 million, surpassing “Ransom.”

“Charlie’s Angels” flew to first in debuts in Argentina with $340,000 at 97 and in Uruguay with $36,000 at a dozen. “Angels” totaled $4 million at 3,100 in 51 territories to lift its foreign cume to $113 million.

In its second weekend, “Vertical Limit” climbed 18% to $1 million at 239 Australian engagements.

“The Sixth Day” opened with $211,000 at 40 in Venezuela and $164,000 at 50 in Denmark. Weekend total of nearly $6 million at 3,300 in 36 territories pushed foreign cume past $32 million.

“Bedazzled” opened in Chile at No. 1 with $130,835 at 20 and in Peru with $90,469 at 25. Weekend total was $926,738 at 413 in 13 countries to boost overseas cume to $21.8 million.

“What Lies Beneath” took in $1.4 million at 648 in 11 markets, led by $858,056 at 254 in Italy, where it has cumed $4.9 million. Foreign total has topped $114 million.

“Pokemon 2000″ took in $1.1 million at 790 in Germany in its second weekend. The kidpic has cumed $22.9 million in two dozen territories.

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