Depp, Bloom starrer crosses $100 mil foreign plateau
For the second straight weekend, “Pirates of the Caribbean” ruled the high seas abroad and in its soph sessions fought off challenges from rookies “American Wedding” in Spain and “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” in France.The third “American Pie” was the hot ticket in Germany while “The Italian Job” remake reigned in Australia and Mexico. Disney’s “Pirates” minted an estimated $18.5 million from 2,642 screens in 25 countries, propelling cume to $112.5 million: the 14th title to cross $100 million overseas this year. Swashbuckler collected approximately $3.8 million in France (abating by a modest 30%), tallying a terrif $12 million in 12 days, and $2.9 million in Spain (down 32% after a record bow for BVI), hoarding $11.5 million in 10 days. Gore Verbinski-helmed adventure has rung up an estimated $22.7 million through its third voyage in the U.K. (slipping by just 20%), $33.6 million after its fourth in Japan (off 34%) and $9.2 million in its fourth week in Mexico. Good reception for ‘Wedding’ “American Wedding” cooked up roughly $5.1 million in Germany, Universal’s ninth-biggest preem locally, 4% above the first edition but 40% below the second, commanding 46% of a market that’s been depressed all year. Laffer also gave U its ninth-best debut in Austria, fetching $560,000 at 75 locations, a 57% market share. “Wedding” wooed an estimated $1.6 million on 271 in Spain, the studio’s 15th biggest opening although 12% below the predecessor which bowed on a holiday weekend. Pic picked up $3.3 million in Blighty (easing by 37%), upping the 10-day total to a juicy $14.5 million, and it’s grossed a hearty $6.7 million in 18 days in Oz, on the verge of overtaking “Pie 2’s” lifetime $6.9 million tally. U calculated its weekend take as $11.5 million from 1,612 playdates in those five territories, boosting cume to $28.5 million. ‘Terminator’ still firing “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” rustled up an estimated $10 million in 52 markets, hoisting cume to $236.1 million. With Italy ahead, sci-fier appears headed for north of $260 million. The “Lara Croft” sequel snared a feisty $3.1 million on 700 prints in France but a relatively soft $2.36 million on 455 in Blighty, including sneaks, taking third spot. Angelina Jolie starrer nabbed a brawny $425,000 on 45 in Belgium, with previews, and $350,000 on 61 in Denmark. “Italian Job” conned $2.34 million on 220 in Oz, with sneaks, and about $764,000 on 250 in Mexico. “2 Fast 2 Furious” mustered an estimated $1.1 million in Japan, 32% bigger than the original which clearly wasn’t too hot there. Actioner’s cume hit $92 million and will likely reach $100 million with 13 territories ahead, including South Korea and Hong Kong.
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