‘Spider-Man 3’ still strong overseas

Webslinger's worldwide take over $628 million

“Spider-Man 3” stayed socko internationally, showing longer legs offshore than Stateside in its second frame with a 50% decline to a still-sensational $85.5 million at 16,200 playdates in 105 countries.

Spidey showed significantly better traction in most key foreign markets than in the U.S., which fell 60%, as foreign cume hit $386.4 million. The Webslinger’s worldwide take has topped $628 million with the international side contributing more than 61%.

“Spider-Man 3” was so overwhelming in its second frame that it took in more in six individual territories than the second-highest pic, Fox’s day-and-date release of “28 Weeks Later,” with $4.7 million at 800 in 11 markets.

The stronger offshore holds for “Spider-Man 3” reflect the ability of Hollywood’s mega-franchise pics to connect with international moviegoers. And its foreign success underlines bright prospects for recognizable tentpoles such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which begins launching May 23, along with “Shrek the Third,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Transformers,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “The Simpsons Movie.”

After its record-setting launch, “Spider-Man 3” posted the fifth-best second-weekend total. The best foreign soph sesh remains 2003’s “The Matrix: Reloaded,” which hit $113.2 million amid a major expansion of its offshore run.

In a dozen days, “Spider-Man 3” has already become the 24th highest foreign grosser of all time and should surpass the 23rd highest (“Spider-Man 2” at $410 million) and the 22nd (“Spider-Man” at $418 million) by the end of next weekend. On a worldwide basis, it’s already ranked 28th, lifting the combined worldwide grosses of the Spidey franchise past $2.2 billion.

Spidey scored highest in the U.K., with a 52% decline to $11.2 million at 1,088 for a Brit cume of $48.8 million, and in France, with a 48% decrease to $8.1 million at 972 for a French total of $38.3 million. Similar second-frame slides came in South Korea, down 49% to $5.9 million at 708 for a $26.4 million cume; and three markets saw 52% declines — Mexico with $5.8 million at 930 to total $23.2 million; Japan with to $4.8 million at 806 for a territorial cume of $36.2 million; and Australia with $3.8 million at 500.

Germany and Brazil snared the best Spidey holds of major markets with declines of only 38% as German takings totaled $5.2 million at 1,161 for a Teuton cume of $21 million, while Brazilian biz amounted to $4.5 million at 700.

Biggest declines came in Spain, off 63% to $4.1 million at 763; in Italy, down 61% to $3.7 million at 916; and in Russia, falling 69% to $2.4 million at 560. Still, the cumes are formidable with Spain at $17.6 million, Italy at $20.7 million and Russia with $12.8 million.

Even the usually fast-burn mid-tier Asian markets held respectably after record-setting openings with Indian biz down 51% to $2.3 million at 597, China off 58% to $1.9 million at 534, Hong Kong declining 47% to $1.3 million at 85, the Philippines down 60% to $1.1 million at 83, Singapore sliding only 38% to $1 million at 88 and Indonesia down 44% to $1 million at 68.

“Spider-Man 3” will continue to dominate on the foreign front next weekend, as Paramount’s decided to wait until June and July to open “Shrek the Third” in most international markets in order to coincide with the end of the school year in those territories.

Rival distribs remained reluctant to challenge Spidey except for a few targeted counter-programming launches such as “28 Weeks Later.” The sci-fi sequel opened decently in the U.K. in second with $3.1 million at 401, 15% better than “28 Days Later,” and in Australia with $636,000 at 151.

A pair of holdovers continued to attract similar levels of support from comedy fans as Universal’s “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” edged BVI’s “Wild Hogs” with $3.5 million at 2,800 in four dozen markets. The Bean sequel has totaled $172 million, led by $42.4 million in the U.K. after seven weeks, and is $80 million short of the final worldwide total for 1997’s “Bean,” with Japan, South Korea and the United States still to open.

“Hogs” motored to $3.4 million at 2,700 in three dozen territories, led by its fourth German frame with $1.3 million at 500, off only 10%. Given its America-focused style, the laffer’s shown unexpectedly solid foreign traction with over $70 million, lifting the worldwide to $232 million.

Par’s “Shooter” led the rest of the pack, bagging $2.1 million at 1,705 for a foreign cume of $39 million, $7 million short of the domestic total.

Distrib’s domestic hit “Blades of Glory” showed modest returns with $1.8 million at 907 in 17 markets, including 14 launches, as Will Ferrell comedies stay largely under the radar overseas with “Blades” cuming $13 million internationally. Its German launch totaled $375,000 at 243, more than double Ferrell’s “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

Fox’s “The Hills Have Eyes 2” scared up $1.8 million at 750 in seven markets, led by a Russian launch of $714,000 at 189 and a Spanish opening of $572,000 at 250.

Warner’s “The Reaping” took in $1.3 million at 1,200 in 46 markets to lift the international total to $33.6 million — $9 million ahead of the domestic. And its “300,” which dominated early spring biz, grossed $924,000 at 1,500 to push the offshore cume to $230 million.

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