Pic first to notch six in a row since 'LOTR: Two Towers'
The skull-and-crossbones flew atop the overseas B.O. for the sixth consecutive weekend as “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” amassed an estimated $19 million in 43 markets, hoisting cume to $270 million.That’s the first blockbuster to notch six in a row since “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” in January. “Pirates” now ranks as producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s biggest hit globally and Disney’s most lucrative live-action pic as its worldwide booty topped $562 million. Johnny Depp starrer was No. 1 in Germany, nabbing $3.4 million in its third voyage and $26.2 million to date, and in Australia, taking $2.3 million in its soph session (off 33%) to amass $7.2 million. Other standouts include the U.K.’s $39.2 million, Spain’s $21.4 million and Italy’s $15.6 million after its third lap. ‘Terminator’ doesn’t melt Entering Italy, its last major market, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” triumphed with a good but hardly exceptional $2.6 million on 601 screens, about the same as last September’s bows of “Men in Black 2″ and “Minority Report.” A Sony rep said biz in Italy and other parts of Europe was hit by a heatwave. “T3″ cume stands at $267.2 million. Fueled by a promo tour of the U.K., France, Spain and Russia by topliners Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, “The Italian Job” ruled Blighty with an estimated $3.75 million from 412 sites, including sneaks, and snared a decent $1.5 million in France, trailing local pic “Jeux d’enfants.” Remake escaped with approximately $900,000 in Russia, $600,000 in Taiwan, $375,000 in Switzerland, $370,000 in Belgium and $210,000 in Singapore but a blah $110,000 in Sweden. UIP estimated the weekend total at $8.9 million, upping cume to $26.3 million in its markets, plus a puny $4.4 million in Japan, where it was handled by an indie. Buoyed by word of mouth, Yorkshire-set comedy “Calendar Girls” improved by 5% in its second turn in the U.K., fetching $2.9 million, lifting the market total to an impressive $9 million. Launched day-and-date with domestic, “Underworld” surfaced in Blighty with a fair $2.2 million. ‘Boys’ rakes in Oz “Bad Boys II” revved up a nifty $2.1 million on 277 in its Oz preem, $540,000 on 313 in Brazil and $2 million in 10 days in Mexico, easing by a modest 27% after its debut was hurt by an age 18 rating. “American Wedding” partied hard in Holland, ringing up $750,000 on 91, 13% bigger than the second edition and 20% up on “Catch Me if You Can.” Pic is now the series’ highest grosser in the U.K., cooking up $26.3 million, and in Spain with $7.8 million. Cume is a tasty $71 million in only 13 countries. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” has mustered a terrif $9.2 million after its third sojourn in Spain and $4 million through its second in Mexico and $1.3 million in Brazil. Sean Connery starrer has captured $30 million in 11 markets. “Ready, Steady, Charlie!,” a comedy in the vein of “American Pie” set in the Swiss Army and picked up by BVI, smashed the opening record for a local film in German-speaking Switzerland, marshalling $850,000 on 49.
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