‘Johnny’ spies o’seas lead

Laffer 'English' outguns competish

Rowan Atkinson’s spy spoof “Johnny English” remained a potent player overseas in its soph session, racking up an estimated $19 million from 3,480 playdates in 38 territories during Easter weekend.

The Universal/UIP release, which has cumed $50 million, dominated the Brit and German markets and broke opening day records for comedies in Malaysia and Singapore. U will open “Johnny” Stateside in July.

The pic grabbed a 36% share in the U.K. with $4.3 million at 436 playdates, 110% ahead of its nearest rival, the opening of “Phone Booth.” Its 10-day Brit cume has hit $14 million, 37% ahead of Atkinson’s “Bean” and 57% ahead of “Ice Age” at the same point. German share for that market’s second weekend of “Johnny” reached 32% with $3.8 million at 709 engagements, 139% of the No. 2 film, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Territorial cume is $10.3 million.

Malaysian weekend gross totaled $350,000 at 40 playdates while Singapore grosses hit $835,000 at 48 sites, making it U’s seventh biggest opening weekend in Singapore and 50% ahead of “Bean.” The Philippines’ opening weekend, which included only Saturday and Sunday, saw “Johnny” total $180,000 at 35 playdates. The Working Title production also finished fourth in Mexico with $800,000 at 146 playdates, in Brazil with $260,000 at 120 locations, and in Chile with $40,000 at 17 sites.

Look back at ‘Anger’

Sony’s opening of “Anger Management” led in Australia with $2 million at 324 engagements, while “Johnny English” took in $1.3 million at 211 playdates, off 10% from last weekend’s opening. The Oz debut for “Anger” represented that territory’s second largest opener in April after “The Matrix”; distrib believes staggered school vacations for the next two weekends portends continued strong performance. “Anger” will open next in Germany on the second weekend of May.

Sony continued to post respectable returns for “Maid in Manhattan” with $3.9 million at nearly 2,000 playdates to lift its foreign cume to $54.5 million. The Jennifer Lopez comedy opened at No. 1 in Spain with $1.75 million at 301 playdates, first in New Zealand and second in Brazil, after Hector Babenco’s prison drama “Carandiru,” with $540,000.

Warner Bros.’ “Dreamcatcher” took in $9 million with first-place finishes in Mexico and Taiwan with $1.04 million at 250 engagements and $426,000 at 72 screens, respectively. Its foreign cume has totaled $13.9 million. “Dreamcatcher” finished second in France, Spain, Holland and Thailand and fourth in Japan. The thriller took in $108,000 from 27 engagements during its opening weekend in Hong Kong, the market seen as suffering the biggest losses from the SARS epidemic.

Warner also reported “What a Girl Wants” opened well in the Philippines with $80,000 at 38 screens and 55,000 admissions. That figure topped by 20% the openers for “She’s All That” and “Ten Things I Hate About You.” “What a Girl Wants” improved its performance in Oz with $421,000 at 171 playdates, lifting its cume to $1.99 million for that territory.

Warner also reported that “Two Weeks Notice” had crossed the $100 million milestone in foreign grosses. Domestic cume for the Sandra Bullock starrer hit $93.3 million.

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