'Matrix' flies past Spidey as 10th all-time internationally
An action-packed weekend proved those Angels are showing more heft abroad than at home, exhibs are counting their blessings for Jim Carrey, the Terminator hasn’t lost his touch and Latinos are certainly “Finding Nemo.”Also, Universal’s green giant bulked up biz in France and Spain but was cut down to size in Germany, not helped by a dispute with two major chains. The frame’s champ, “Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle” minted an estimated $22.3 million from nearly 4,000 engagements in 43 markets, propelling cume to $42.3 million. Drawing proportionately more males overseas than in the U.S., sequel is yet to open in seven major markets and will easily beat the first pic’s $138.8 million lifetime cume internationally, according to Columbia TriStar senior exec VP Mark Zucker. He’s shooting for an eventual total north of $175 million. McG-helmed caper captured an estimated $5.3 million on 761 prints in the U.K., including $625,000 in sneaks — level with the original but narrowly trailing the soph session of “Bruce Almighty.” Femme fighters fetched a socko $3.9 million on 392 in Oz (45% bigger than the first); $900,000 on 500 in Italy (No. 1 but around one-third below the original, which didn’t play in summer); $565,000 on 84 in Sweden (58% ahead); and $540,000 on 111 in Holland (on par with the original but behind “Bruce’s” second chapter). “Throttle” bottled an estimated $515,000 on 67 in New Zealand (17% up); $510,000 on 110 in South Africa (65% better); $460,000 on 120 in India (32% to the good); and $435,000 on 87 in Taiwan (almost double the first). Sporting much greater stamina than it has domestically, “Angels” fell by just 29% in Japan, taking roughly $2.8 million in its second weekend to spur the market tally to a fab $11.9 million; it dipped by just 21% in South Korea, collecting $1.8 million and advancing to $5.5 million in 10 days. “The Hulk” grabbed an estimated $17.3 million from 3,484 playdates in 27 countries, raising the cume to $39 million, with 27 markets, including the U.K. and Japan ahead. Eric Bana-Jennifer Connelly starrer conquered France, picking up approximately $4.8 million on 691, Spain with $2.6 million on 488 and Belgium at $700,000 on 77. The big green guy posted Universal’s fifth biggest preem in South Korea with $1.5 million on 130 and ruled in Austria, nabbing $310,000 on 71. The major disappointment was Germany, where “The Hulk” drew just $1.6 million on 433, behind “Bruce Almighty,” which retained top spot, taking $1.7 million in its fourth weekend (easing just 20%) and $16.1 million thus far. A row last week over terms between UIP and the Cinemaxx and Kinopolis loops disrupted the preem, so it launched on one-third fewer screens than planned; however, the distrib said the pic was playing on both circuits by Friday. “Bruce’s” good deeds amounted to an estimated $13.3 million overseas, hoisting cume to $93.3 million. Carrey headliner commanded $5.4 million in Blighty (off 35%), upping the territory haul to a phenom $21.5 million, and $2.4 million in Spain (down 33%), amassing $7.6 million in 10 days. A Sony release in most foreign markets, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” drummed up $3 million on 252 in Russia, including $885,000 in sneaks, which the distrib was projecting as the market’s second biggest debut ever behind “The Matrix Reloaded.” Arnie muscled his way into Colombia with $640,000 on 85, which Sony expects will be the second or third highest opener locally. “Finding Nemo” caught an estimated $4.7 million in Mexico, an all-time toon record and the industry’s second best behind “Spider-Man.” Pixar/BVI family pic also set new highs for animated pics in local currency and admissions in Brazil ($1.1 million), Argentina ($350,000) and Israel ($265,000). BVI estimated the weekend bounty at $7 million, lifting cume to $18 million. WB reported “The Matrix Reloaded” peaked at $410 million, surpassing “Spidey” to rank as the 10th highest earner internationally and the biggest R-rater ahead of “Terminator 2″ and “The Bodyguard.”
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