"X-Men" to the rescue! Exhibs overseas were eagerly anticipating the weekend launch of "X2" in an unprecedented 93 territories as biz had subsided to generally low levels after the Easter bounce.
MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK With a theater count of 3,741, Fox’s "X2" is taking on Col’s "Spider-Man" for the highest per-screen May average ever for a pic in more than 3,600 locales. OPENING…
This weekend is shaping up as a monster for "X2: X Men United" internationally as well as at home after Fox's sci-fier posted stellar numbers from sneaks and its first day in key territories.
Coming off the Easter break, ticket sales in many markets dwindled last weekend, with Spain plunging by a whopping 50%, Taiwan plummeting by 54% due to worries over SARS, and Germany off 7%.
For the third straight weekend, that jolly old bean Rowan Atkinson was the B.O. king overseas as "Johnny English" rustled up an estimated $14 million from 3,600 playdates in 39 countries.
The box office found its "Identity" this weekend, but New Line's pioneering bid to bring the reality genre to the bigscreen with "The Real Cancun" did a bellyflop.
The Easter vacation overseas was predictably good for comedies and family fare -- but there were a few surprises, not all of them pleasant for distribs.
IT PAYS TO BE FUNNY Thanks to "Anger Management," Bringing Down the House" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," the comedy box office is up 25% over last year. COMEDY BOX OFFICE* 700 600…
Folks feasted on films as well as sweets over the Easter break but ticket sales overall could not match the comparable frame last year, when "Ice Age," "Monsters, Inc." and Oscar winner "A Beautiful…
Rowan Atkinson's spy spoof "Johnny English" remained a potent player overseas in its soph session, racking up an estimated $19 million from 3,480 playdates in 38 territories during Easter weekend.
"Anger Management" remained the box office rage with an estimated gross of $25.6 million in its soph session, easily topping the Easter weekend. Sony/Revolution's comedy declined an acceptable 39%…