‘Matrix’ first to load $100m-frame o’seas

Pic nabs biggest opening ever in over a dozen markets

“The Matrix Reloaded” became the first movie to cross the $100 million threshold in a single weekend internationally when it exploded into action in a further 49 territories over the weekend.

The Wachowski brothers’ f/x-laden actioner minted an estimated $113.2 million in 62 territories from 8,924 prints, with only Japan and India remaining to open.

Total international receipts are now a crisp $154 million since it unspooled in selected territories following its red-carpet treatment at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.

Pic grossed $19.8 million in Blighty from 919 prints — the fourth biggest opening of all time and the biggest “15”-rated movie ever.

In Germany “Reloaded” snatched $14.1 million from 1,124 prints — sixth biggest preem ever and the top “16”-rated movie opening of all-time.

In Spain it aggregated $7 million from 528 prints — the second biggest opening of all-time behind “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.”

In Italy “Reloaded” registered the industry’s biggest opening day ever and the sixth biggest weekend, grossing $6.7 million from 723 prints.

In Scandinavia $6.4 million translated into the third biggest opening weekend in Sweden and Norway, behind the two “Rings,” and the fifth biggest opening weekend in Denmark and Finland, behind the “Rings” and “Harry Potter” franchises.

“Reloaded” launched in Korea for $6 million from 230 prints — the biggest weekend there ever. Likewise, Russia reported $3.3 million from 157 prints.

In Mexico it meant the second biggest weekend ever — $4.9 million from 530 prints.

Warner Brothers reports that “Reloaded” set opening weekend records in Israel, South Africa, Portugal, the German side of Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and the Ukraine.

And the studio reports strong second weekend holds in the territories that opened the previous weekend.

In Australia “Reloaded” rebooted for a further $4 million in four days from 482 screens, a drop of 46%, which brings the cume to $13.6 million. In France the actioner tumbled just 24% in its second frame — taking $8.8 million. And Warners reports Belgium dropped 27%, Holland 23% and New Zealand 34%.

Among the other noteworthy entrants over the weekend was the Sandra Bullock-Hugh Grant romantic comedy “Two Weeks Notice” in Japan, where it minted an estimated $1.165 million from 232 screens, ranking No. 2. The Bullock-Grant combo struck gold — the result was 107% ahead of Bullock’s “Miss Congeniality” and 109% ahead of Grant’s “About a Boy.”

Down Under, Fox hit the jackpot with Joel Schumacher’s thriller “Phone Booth” starring Colin Farrell and Aussie Radha Mitchell. Despite a conservative 177-screen release, “Phone Booth” was second in the market with $900,000 over four days but a solid $5,000 per screen.

Despite a strong push from distrib UIP, the preem for “The Life of David Gale” returned $230,000 and a screen average less than a third of “Phone Both.” And Universal released “8 Mile” in Japan where it returned $2.25 million from 233 sites.

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