Weather, World Cup foil Tobey Maguire starrer
In an action-packed frame overseas, “Spider-Man” reigned in much of Europe over the weekend while “Unfaithful” saw a rousing debut in Spain and “Scooby-Doo” kicked off its international campaign with boisterous bows in Asia.
Sony’s webslinger spun an estimated $41.5 million from 7,500 screens in 61 countries — a Columbia TriStar record weekend — as its cume vaulted to $220 million (and its worldwide total topped $600 million).
The superhero rang up roughly $14 million on an unprecedented 1,129 screens in the U.K., including Thursday night sneaks and the prior weekend’s previews. That was the industry’s fourth-biggest preem in history, trailing “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”
Hindering the pic from reaching greater heights was a combo of superb weather and the distraction of the World Cup soccer match between England and Denmark, which England won.
In France, the Tobey Maguire/Kirsten Dunst headliner raked in an estimated $8.6 million on 901 screens, the third-best entry by a U.S. release behind “Harry” and “Clones” (Gallic titles occupy the top four spots in the all-time weekend openings).
Weather a factor
Sony believes great weather in Europe precipitated heavier than expected drops for Spidey in its soph sessions, typified by Germany’s 45% plunge (making an estimated $15.6 million in 11 days) and Italy’s 52% descent (10-day total is approximately $11.3 million).
Down Under, the Sam Raimi-helmed epic plummeted by 52%, exacerbated by the fact that biz on the prior Sunday was boosted by a Monday public holiday, resulting in a still-impressive $11.9 million haul in 11 days.
But the pic continues to show amazing stamina in Japan, slipping 11% in its sixth adventure to amass a phenom $46.2 million so far. Among other stellar tallies are Mexico’s $28.4 million and Brazil’s $14.9 million.
The Richard Gere/Diane Lane starrer “Unfaithful” led the field in Spain, wooing $686,000 Friday-Saturday on 296 locations, and placed third in Brazil, taking a solid $438,000 on 173.
Big “Doo” debut
“Scooby-Doo” ranked first in its first three Asian markets, paced by Thailand’s estimated $414,000 on 92 prints, tracking 36% ahead of “Stuart Little’s” opener and 18% up on “Cats & Dogs.” Warner’s kidpic fetched $396,000 in three days on 34 in Singapore (ahead of fellow frosh “The Sum of All Fears,” which brought in $252,000 on 34) and $145,000 in ditto on 25 in Malaysia.
“Panic Room’s” cume ascended to $81.1 million, highlighted by Japan’s $13.4 million. With Korea the only remaining major market, it’ll be touch and go as to whether the Jodie Foster starrer has enough oomph to reach $100 million.