Stirring debuts by “Spider-Man,” “Lilo & Stitch” and “Scooby-Doo” helped rouse the box office from its summer torpor in a bunch of offshore markets over the weekend.
Sony estimated its webslinger captured $23 million from about 7,500 prints in 60 territories, propelling cume to $298.5 million. It will blast through $300 million today.
The superhero seized pole position as he launched in five countries, led by Belgium’s estimated $1.09 million on 96 prints, Norway’s $1.01 million on 78 and Denmark’s $1.03 million on 91 (the fifth-highest bows of all time in each case, by Sony’s reckoning).
Big opener in Israel
The distrib hailed the pic’s $470,000 opener on 36 in Israel as the market’s biggest so far this year and said it’s neck-and-neck with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” as the best of the past three years. Finland chipped in with $355,000 on 55.
The Sam Raimi-helmed blockbuster is still No. 1 in Spain, Germany, the U.K., France, Italy and Sweden. After a record preem in Spain, it eased by 28%, collecting $3.4 million to hoist local cume to $11.3 million. Other tallies include the U.K.’s $31 million, Germany’s $21.8 million, France’s $20 million and Italy’s $15.4 million.
‘Lilo’ bow animated in Mexico
Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch” drew an estimated $2.1 million on 628 in Mexico for the fifth-biggest entry for an animated pic in the market, nearly 10% ahead of “Shrek.” “Lilo” fetched roughly $160,000 in Holland (on par with “Monsters, Inc.”), where the B.O. was boosted by a twofer ticket promotion and school vacations.
Pic slipped by 9% after a middling debut in Italy, raking in $315,000 to bring the 10-day total to a solid $1.5 million. That hold was remarkable considering “Scooby-Doo” scurried into Italy with an encouraging $573,000 on 250, ranked second.
‘Scooby’ first in S. Africa
Warner’s canine caper reigned in South Africa, nabbing $180,000 on 79, the distrib’s sixth-biggest opener there.
In Australia, where Sunday night attendance was decimated by the World Cup final telecast, “Scooby” fell by a reasonable 27%. The dog dug up $1.5 million in its soph session to easily retain top spot, taking the 11-day gross to $4.1 million. In its second weekend in Holland, pic collared roughly $360,000, improving by 7%.
After failing to knock off WB’s family laffer in Oz, “Minority Report” abated by only 20%, minting $1.2 million to boost its total to a solid but not extraordinary $3.3 million.
Domestic flop “Bad Company” is starting to show more heft overseas, typified by its strapping $420,000 launch in Holland, rated by BVI as 30% better than “The Rock” and double that of “Black Hawk Down.”