'Surf's Up,' 'Hostel 2' hit theaters

The summer’s sequels are opening big and dropping fast…and here come two more.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow are opening “Ocean’s Thirteen,” and Lionsgate has high hopes for “Hostel Part II.”

Both will be competing against the pesky “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and Universal laffer “Knocked Up,” which grossed almost $30 million last week and has great word of mouth.

Tracking indicates that the third installment of “Ocean’s” should see the biggest opening in the series. Original pic hit $38.1 million back in 2001, while the follow-up moved the mark to $39.1 million. “Thirteen” is opening in 3,565 theaters.

While the second “Ocean’s” made $60 million less at the domestic B.O. than “Ocean’s Eleven,” a global approach for the third entry — it preemed at Cannes and is opening in many territories — could bump up its opening weekend.

Meanwhile, “Hostel Part II” is slicing its way to 2,350 theaters. First pic chopped off $19.5 million in its opening weekend last year.

For families, as “Shrek 3″ plays out, Sony enters the marketplace with its PG-rated animated entry “Surf’s Up.” Pic, about a surfing penguin, slides into 3,528 locations

Overseas activity

On the foreign front, the pirates are facing serious competition for the first time with “Ocean’s Thirteen” going day-and-date in 25 markets, including all major European territories — France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the U.K. — along with South Korea.

Still, the buccaneers will almost certainly prevail internationally in their third frame with about $50 million, should grosses for “At World’s End” decline by 50% from last weekend’s $103 million. As of Wednesday — the 15th day of release for the third “Pirates” pic — the foreign cume was near $440 million, while the worldwide total was $665 million.

“At World’s End” is also running 11% ahead of the international coin for “Dead Man’s Chest” at the same point of its run. The U.K. leads the way with over $60 million, followed by Germany at $40 million.

“Ocean’s Thirteen” should carry plenty of overseas clout, however, thanks to its star-laden cast. The third entry in the franchise brings a powerful pedigree in international markets, with “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Ocean’s Twelve” having combined for more than half a billion dollars — 62% of the worldwide total of $800 million.

“Shrek the Third” should flex some muscle this weekend as it adds 14 markets, including Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and about 750 foreign playdates, before hitting France, Japan and Mexico next weekend. It’s nearing $30 million from nine markets, with Russia delivering about 75% of that, but expectations are sky-high given that “Shrek 2″ took in more than $400 million overseas.

“Surf’s Up” will see a day-and-date launch in Russia, where distribs have been opting for early openings as a way to combat rampant piracy.

Other launches this weekend include “300” and “Apocalypto” squaring off in Japan; “Reno 911!: Miami” in South Africa and Spain; “The Astronaut Farmer” in Mexico; and “Norbit” in Hong Kong.

(Dave McNary contributed to this report.)

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