“Men in Black II’s” five-territory international preem, day and date with domestic, has hit the jackpot. Sony pic took top spot in Japan, Australia, Russia, New Zealand and Colombia for a combined weekend estimate of $12.2 million from 1,195 screens.
In Australia “MIB2” reaped an estimated $3.5 million from 386 screens, 3% up on the original. With school holidays under way in most states and the competition a bit long in the tooth — “Scooby-Doo” and “Minority Report” in lap three and “Spider-Man” in lap five — Columbia TriStar opened the pic a day early, on Wednesday, enhancing the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones starrer’s weekend haul by $560,000.
In Japan the weekend’s approximate $6 million (including sneaks) from 537 screens makes “MIB2” the 18th biggest opener there. However, it was well short of Spidey’s recent $9.4 million. Pic’s New Zealand booty, approximately $725,000 from 65 prints, should be that territory’s fifth biggest opening. In Colombia the sci-fi actioner earned about $500,000 from 75 screens, second biggest opening there ever.
Solid in Russia
In Russia “MIB2” returned about $1.45 million from a 150-print release in what is a sign of the times — in 1997 “Men in Black” was released there on just 20 prints.
This weekend Sony completed its “Spider-Man” rollout with a preem in Holland, where pic reaped about $1.15 million from 128 prints, second only to “Harry Potter’s” record-setting weekend haul last Christmas.
It’s holding top spot in France, Holland, Spain, Norway, Sweden and Belgium with international cume at $326 million from 6,150 prints.
For Fox, “Ice Age” opened on 104 screens in Belgium to earn about $357,000 in what looks like the biggest animated opening there ever — opening weekend for “Monsters, Inc.” earned about $297,000.
Fox’s six-month international rollout on “Minority Report” continued with preems in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden and Blighty. Tom Cruise topliner looks to be benefiting from strong word of mouth — nine-territory international cume of $18 million includes a $10.6 million weekend haul.
U.K. opening weekend earnings of approximately $6.2 million from 422 screens more than doubled that for Cruise’s most recent effort, “Vanilla Sky,” which opened to $2.9 million from 425.
In Sweden, “Minority Report” earned about $660,000 from 92; Hong Kong, $112,000 from 67; Singapore, $581,000 from 455; and Thailand, $892,000 from 170.
In its first release outside Blighty, “Bend It Like Beckham” earned $594,000 from 62 prints in Oz for a bumper screen average of $9,630.
The Latin American rollout of “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” saw it debut ahead of the competition in Argentina and Mexico, while “Lilo and Stitch” debuted strongly in Germany and Austria.