Call it the pre-summer clear-out: A slew of new films hit theaters overseas over the weekend, but most were in the ho-hum category and a few were downright snoozers.
“Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” scored an unremarkable $1.2 million on 300 screens in Italy, where the original wasn’t strong. The Mystery Inc. gang is resonating better in France, rustling up $1.9 million in its soph session (off 23%), upping the market total to $5.1 million.
And it’s still No. 1 in its third outings in the U.K., minting $2.8 million (easing by 24%), propelling territory total to $23.5 million, and in Mexico, fetching $722,000, for $7.3 million thus far. Warners family pic drew an estimated $11.2 million, elevating cume to $65 million in around 56 markets.
“Starsky & Hutch” retained pole position in Australia, collaring $1.9 million (down 29%) to hoist local cume to $6 million. But Miramax’s pic was less groovy in Spain and Mexico, where auds aren’t familiar with the TV series, nabbing $1.3 million and $586,000, respectively; the Spanish number was in line with previous Ben Stiller pics “Along Came Polly” and “Meet the Parents.”
Sony reported “50 First Dates” wooed $5.4 million from 1,400 screens in 17 markets, spurring cume to $26.4 million. Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore starrer abated by just 17% to $2.1 million in its second turn in the U.K., collecting a neat $7.9 million to date.
Romantic comedy was tops in New Zealand with $565,000 on 59, including $235,000 from the prior weekend’s sneaks, and it picked up a decent $565,000 on 82 in South Korea.
‘Secret’ just ok
“Secret Window” opened with fair-to-average numbers, capturing an estimated $1.5 million on 250 in Italy, $1.3 million on 250 in Spain, $1.5 million on 400 in France, $210,000 on 30 in Belgium and $180,000 on 35 in Holland.
“Dawn of the Dead” scared up a tepid $1.1 million on 347 in depressed Germany and a top-ranked $190,000 on 33 in Austria. Zombie pic has unearthed a pleasing $9.3 million in 24 days in the U.K. and a respectable $1.5 million in 17 days in Mexico.
Spoof “Shaun of the Dead” sucked up $2 million in the U.K. (falling by an acceptable 33%), bringing 10-day cume to $7.5 million.
“The Passion of the Christ” advanced to $18.5 million through its fifth stanza in Mexico and $9.8 million after its third in South Korea, according to Fox’s projections.
Winding its foreign journey in Japan, “Peter Pan” conjured up a dreary $1.3 million on 370, but Sony hopes it will pick up during the Golden Week vacation that begins April 29. P.J. Hogan-helmed fantasy has grossed $65.4 million, nothing special but better than domestic’s $48.4 million.
After No. 1 bows in Singapore and Taiwan, “Hellboy” went three-for-three in Malaysia, raising $305,000 on 43, which Sony hailed as the territory’s second-biggest debut this year and bigger than “Men in Black II.” In its first major market tryouts, “The Girl Next Door” drew a skimpy $1.3 million in the U.K., with sneaks, and a fair $421,000 on 200 in Mexico.