‘Superman’ makes an impression o’seas

Pic nabs $104 mil worldwide cume after five days

“Superman Returns” scored impressively Asia and Australia in its launch weekend with $19.8 million from 1,750 prints in 11 international markets.

The first foreign results — which boosted worldwide cume after five days to $104 million — showed solid rather than spectacular performance for Warner’s pricey tentpole. “Superman Returns” finished first in all 11 markets, topping “Batman Returns” in 10 and “X-Men: The Last Stand” in seven.

“Superman Returns” took in its best numbers in South Korea with $5 million at 274 playdates, including previews as the five-day total topped “X-Men 3” by 2%. Four-day Australian cume totaled $3.9 million at 409, 29% above “Batman Begins.” 

In the Philippines, “Superman Returns” ranked as the second-best opening of all time after “Spider-Man 2” with $2.58 million at 81. Pic captured 90% of the market and grossed 85% of “Spider-Man 2.”

Taiwan opened with $1.58 million at 151 engagements, followed by Thailand with $1.5 million at 204 and India with $1.49 million at 274, topping local hit “Krissh.” Singapore took in $1.16 million at 73, followed by Malaysia with $821,000 at 75, Indonesia with $731,000 at 55, Puerto Rico with $634,000 at 73 and New Zealand with $375,000 at 81.

Warner has decided to hold off “Superman Returns” in many foreign markets until after the World Cup ends next Sunday. 

UIP reported “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” took in $6 million at 1,665 playdates in 20 markets during the weekend, pushing the foreign cume to $24 million. It also saw “The Break-Up” gross $3.2 million at 1,026 in 14 territories for an international total of $18 million.

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