Swashbuckler plunders German top spot for fourth week
Marking the longest reign at the international B.O. since “Titanic’s” marathon in 1998, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” ruled for the seventh straight weekend, amassing an estimated $13.2 million in 46 countries to propel cume to $291 million.As a testimony to its longevity, swashbuckler was No. 1 in its fourth voyage in Germany, capturing $2.6 million (off 29%) to up the territory total to $30.1 million; and in its third in Australia with $1.5 million, spurring cume to $9.4 million. With $41.2 million in the till after its eighth round in the U.K., remarkably dipping by just 16%, Johnny Depp/Orlando Bloom starrer now ranks as BVI’s biggest live-action release in the territory, overtaking “The Sixth Sense.” Playing in all major markets, Jerry Bruckheimer production appears headed for $325 million. “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” plummeted by 62% after a decent but not dazzling debut in Italy, which was hit by a power blackout. “T3” took $1 million — good enough for No. 1. Overseas cume stands at $273.4 million. ‘S.W.A.T.’ scores in Japan “S.W.A.T” was the pacesetter in Japan, ringing up roughly $3 million, outrunning the bows of “XXX” and “The Bourne Identity” but a bit below “X-Men 2.” Sony’s cop saga also triumphed in South Korea, commanding nearly $1.5 million. Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” was the victor in France, nabbing approximately $1.8 million on 375 playdates. Estimated cume reached $74 million, with a bunch of markets including the U.K., Spain, Italy and Australia to come. In its first major market tryouts, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” drummed up roughly $1.7 million in Germany (No. 2 behind “Pirates”), $1.2 million in the U.K. and $225,000 in Austria. Those are fair results considering director Robert Rodriguez’s films typically have not been big overseas. After lame runs in Russia and Portugal, “Seabiscuit” barely got out of the starting gates in Germany, corralling an estimated $345,000 on 300. “The Italian Job” led the field in a slow frame in Spain, stealing roughly $1.3 million on 245, 27% less than “The Bourne Identity.” In its soph sessions, Mark Wahlberg/Charlize Theron starrer courted a solid $2.3 million in the U.K. (abating by 21%) and a swell $6.6 million to date; and $1 million in France (off 30%), tallying $2.9 million; estimated cume is a tidy $37.4 million in 26 territories. “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” checked into Oz with a solid $1.3 million, trailing “Pirates” and “Finding Nemo,” which cruised to $18.5 million in its fifth lap, dethroning “The Lion King” to become Disney’s toon champ. “American Wedding” was belle of the ball in Belgium, fetching $660,000 on 47, 10% shy of “Pie 2’s” entry and Universal’s third best debut locally this year. Laffer has racked up $27 million in Blighty, $17.6 million in Germany, $8.1 million in Spain and $1.3 million in 11 days in Holland; cume climbed to $76.6 million in 17 countries. “Bad Boys II” mustered a potent $360,000 on 57 in New Zealand and has pocketed $3.9 million in 11 days in Oz (down 46%), passing the original’s modest lifetime total of $3.4 million. Actioner has collected $31 million in 24 markets. Brit comedy “Calendar Girls” was the pin-up in the U.K., undressing $2.8 million in its third outing (easing by a trifling 4%) to hoist cume to a lucrative $14.2 million. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” rustled up a beefy $325,000 on 60 in Denmark and $174,000 on 56 in Malaysia. Sean Connery starrer’s cume hit $35 million, including Mexico’s $5.2 million after its third adventure.