Arnold Schwarzenegger was the B.O. champ in most of Asia and Argentina last weekend while scorching weather in Europe took some steam out of rookie “Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle” and other bowing pics, as well as holdover biz for “The Hulk.”
“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” captured $12.4 million on 550 prints in Japan, including sneaks, for local distrib Toho-Towa, the market’s fifth-highest preem ever.
Released elsewhere by Sony, sci-fier grabbed $1.3 million on 249 screens in Thailand (a record for a Hollywood film and the industry’s second biggest behind Thai epic “Suriyothai”); $1.15 million on 66 in Hong Kong; $856,000 on 54 in Malaysia (sans sneaks, the territory’s third best); $789,000 on 121 in the Philippines (the 10th largest); and $750,000 on 50 in Singapore (No. 11 of all time).
Jonathan Mostow-helmed pic racked up $806,000 in five days on 96 in Argentina, including Tuesday night previews (second-largest ever behind “The Matrix Reloaded” in local currency) and $262,000 on 45 in Chile. All told, “T-3” amassed $20.4 million on nearly 1,600 screens in 13 markets (excluding its United Arab Emirates debut, for which figures weren’t available), driving the cume to $27.5 million.
In a promising indication of its longevity, pic abated by a reasonable 38% after its record preem in Russia, minting $2 million over the weekend and a hefty $7.5 million to date.
The “Angels” caper rang up $21.2 million from 6,068 engagements in 45 territories, hoisting cume to $77.1 million, with France, Belgium and Russia ahead.
McG-helmed pic opened at No. 1 in Germany, notching $3.2 million on 1,015 prints (29% below the original in local currency); $2.1 million on 493 in Spain (8% less); and $539,000 on 114 in Austria, including sneaks (4% shy).
Sequel did outperform the original in Mexico with $1.7 million on 403 (40% bigger, but trailing the second sesh of “Finding Nemo”) and in Brazil for $1.1 million on 295 (66% ahead).
Femme fatales have fetched a strapping $16.4 million through their third sojourn in Japan (easing by 28%), $10.9 million in 10 days in the U.K. (off 45%) and $8.2 million in 11 days in Oz (down 39%).
“The Hulk” muscled up an estimated $7.8 million from 3,000 playdates in 27 countries, raising cume to $53.5 million, with 19 markets, including the U.K. and Japan, on the horizon.
Universal’s sci-fier commanded a decent $505,000 on 82 in Sweden but a sub-par $341,000 on 104 in Holland, clearly weather-affected in both cases.
The big green guy wilted in his second weekends in Germany (tallying $3 million after a slow start, plunging by 61%); Spain (a sturdy $5 million, off 60%); and South Korea ($2.4 million, losing 67%).
“Bruce Almighty” delivered $1.4 million on 102 in South Korea, BVI’s third-highest opener behind “Pearl Harbor” and “Finding Nemo,” and $900,000 on 63 in Belgium, a record for the distrib, beating “Signs.” Jim Carrey starrer drew $10.2 million in BVI’s 23 territories, spurring cume to $115 million including two Spyglass markets.
Korean romantic comedy “Singles,” saga of four friends/lovers all aged 29, ruled on home turf, wooing $3.3 million.
“Finding Nemo” cruised to $28 million in 16 countries, mostly in Asia and Latin America, buoyed by Venezuela’s $235,000 bow on 55 (a BVI high in local currency), Mexico’s socko $9.7 million in 10 days (slipping 34%) and Brazil’s $3 million in ditto (abating by 22%).
After capsizing domestically, “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” is resonating more strongly in its first foreign voyages.
DreamWorks toon has whistled up a hearty $1.9 million in 11 days in Oz and a terrif $1.6 million in its Korean debut. UIP was projecting a sturdy $1.8 million bounty in its first six days in France, including the Monday Bastille Day public holiday.
“Daddy Day Care” surged by 26% in its third outing Down Under, cashing in on the school vacation, elevating the total to a superb $7.2 million. Eddie Murphy starrer picked up an OK $1.3 million on 404 in the U.K., positioned for the holidays. It’s collected $14.5 million in six territories, including Mexico’s handy $4 million.
After bombing last month in Japan, handled by indie Herald, “The Italian Job” showed a bit more zip in Italy, taking $419,000 on 172 — good enough for top spot in a depressed market.
“The Matrix Reloaded” topped $421 million, fueled by its $2.7 million payload in its sixth orbit in Japan, which brought the territory cume to a socko $75.7 million.