'Pacifier' quiets down 'Interpreter' o'seas

Vin Diesel’s “The Pacifier” edged Nicole Kidman’s “The Interpreter” at the Friday-Sunday foreign box office with BVI’s family comedy taking in $9.1 million at 1,908 playdates to lead in 14 of its 22 territories.

Sunday estimates had given the crown to “The Interpreter,” but revised numbers left UIP’s thriller in second place with $8.7 million at 1,158 engagements in 17 markets and its horror sequel, “The Ring Two,” in third with $8.3 million at 3,365 sites.

“The Pacifier,” which has cumed $20 million offshore, posted its top launches in Germany with $2.2 million at 602 playdates and in Russia with $1.1 million at 157, with the latter marking the third biggest BVI opening in Russia after “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “King Arthur.” Its Austrian launch of $469,000 at 91 screens managed to eclipse the combined grosses of the four films in second through fifth places; its Thailand opening of $462,000 at 82 was the third largest BVI live-action launch after “Pirates” and “National Treasure.”

‘Pacifier’ makes noise

“The Pacifier” edged “The Interpreter” in Australia with $1.3 million at 241 engagements in its fourth weekend in the market for a $5.5 million cume. And its sophomore session in Spain declined only 19% to $1.4 million at 301 sites.

“The Interpreter” took in its top total in the U.K. with $2.99 million at 370 engagements, in Spain with $1.9 million at 184, and in Australia with $1.28 million at 201.

“The Ring Two,” which has cumed $67 million overseas, posted its best total in Italy, where its soph sesh fell 51% to $1.35 million at 258 sites. Top territories for the sequel are the U.K. with $9.15 million, Mexico with $7.65 million and Germany with $6.1 million.

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