'Almighty,' 'Angels' boost tix sales
Thank God for Jim Carrey and those butt-kicking Angels.“Bruce Almighty” had a miraculous effect on biz in the U.K., Spain and Holland last weekend, while “Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle” top scored in nine of its first 11 offshore markets, compensating for its uninspiring domestic preem. Adding to the weekend action, “The Hulk” flexed its muscles in Latin America and Taiwan (although less impressively in Australia). “Bruce Almighty” was the frame’s top grosser, collaring $23.5 million from 2,800 engagements in 17 markets, elevating the estimated cume to $72 million. Spyglass/BVI laffer rustled up $12.2 million on 447 screens in the U.K., including $3.6 million in sneaks, BVI’s second-biggest debut ever behind “Monsters, Inc.” and a record for a live-action comedy, beating “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” Carrey/Morgan Freeman starrer drew $3.6 million on 358 in Spain (the distrib’s fourth best) and $1.2 million in Holland (a BVI record, toppling “The Sixth Sense”). “Bruce” has conjured up $13.7 million through its third chapter in Germany (still No. 1), $6.9 million after its fourth in Brazil and $6.5 million in 11 days in Oz (abating by a moderate 37%). Heavenly sequel “Full Throttle” bottled $12.5 million from 1,386 screens, on average beating the original’s bows by 50%, although skewing heavily to young femmes unlike the first film’s more even gender split. The femme fighters grabbed $5.3 million on 467 screens in Japan, including $1.2 million in previews, 98% bigger than the first edition. McG-helmed caper mustered $2.3 million on 172 in South Korea, 62% ahead of the first “Angels,” although trailing Korean romantic comedy “Crazy First Love,” which wooed a socko $4 million on 250. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu starrer kicked up $800,000 on 120 in the Philippines (58% up), $784,000 on 188 in Thailand (47% higher), $718,000 on 49 in Singapore (42% better) and $494,000 on 39 in Malaysia (36% to the good). Pic brought in $520,000 on 58 in Norway (a slim 2% ahead) and $369,000 on 67 in Denmark (24% bigger). In Hong Kong, the Angels took $285,000 on 38, 25% below the original, zapped by local vampire action comedy “The Twins Effect” (ironically, a Sony pickup domestically), which made a hefty $1.6 million on 60. Switzerland also was below expectations with $399,000 on 101, 35% shy of the predecessor. “The Hulk” bulked up with an estimated $11.3 million from 1,652 playdates in 15 territories, including preems in 12 markets. Eric Bana/Jennifer Connelly starrer minted $4.6 million on 516 in Mexico, including $850,000 in sneaks, a Universal record locally, beating “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” and the industry’s fifth-biggest opening. The Ang Lee-helmed epic fetched $2.2 million on 224 in Oz, disappointing exhibs who had expected a bigger bang, especially after a full-blown UIP campaign and local boy Bana’s promo tour. It appears to be drawing kids but not the grown-ups who usually are attracted to the director’s work. However the pic is positioned to cash in on school vacation, which has just begun in two states and starts in the rest of the country next week. “The Hulk” commanded an estimated $1.2 million on 286 in Brazil (the distrib’s eighth-best opening), $1.2 million on 57 in Taiwan (Lee’s biggest debut in his homeland) and $330,000 on 52 in New Zealand. ‘Fast’ arrival Stablemate “2 Fast 2 Furious” bagged $10.6 million from 3,000 playdates in 25 countries, propelling cume to $53.8 million; with 20 territories including Japan ahead, it’s heading for $100 million. John Singleton-helmed pic nabbed a strapping $444,000 on 53 in Portugal but took big hits after beefy bows, racking up $7.9 million in 10 days in the U.K. (off 53%), $7.1 million in 11 days in Germany (plunging by 67%), $4 million in 10 days in Spain (down 41%) and $2.3 million in ditto in Italy (skidding by 45%). The decline was a more modest 31% in France, tallying a fine $5.9 million in 12 days. “The Matrix Reloaded” cruised to $397.1 million after capturing $9.9 million in 60 countries. Sci-fier unearthed $5.1 million in its fourth orbit in Japan (remarkably easing by just 21% despite the Angels’ invasion), hoisting the territory total to a socko $63.1 million. “Daddy Day Care” was a magnet for kids in Oz, collecting $1.7 million on 325, and predictably fell by 43% in Mexico (biffed by “Hulk”), taking $718,000 at the weekend and a dandy $2.6 million in 10 days.