As Renee Zellweger might say in her “Bridget Jones” guise, her pic’s first offshore openings over the week Meanwhile, “The Incredibles” was simply, ah, incredible, as it launched in seven markets in Asia and Europe, smashing toon opening records in Taiwan, the Philippines and Finland, according to Sunday projections.
The frame’s champ, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” wooed an estimated $26.7 million on just 973 playdates in six territories, posting a socko $27,440 average per engagement. The Zellweger/Hugh Grant/Colin Firth headliner amassed a projected $19.1 million on 496 situations in the U.K., including $5.9 million in previews, accounting for 54% of the market. That reps the biggest weekend ever in Blighty for Universal and producers Working Title, beating “Love Actually’s” $11.1 million, and, sans sneaks, it was UIP’s second best behind “Shrek 2.” In pounds, the sequel’s debut was 85% ahead of the original “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”
The romantic comedy fetched an estimated $4.3 million on 256 in Australia, 125% up on the predecessor in U.S. dollars, also a Working Title high and Universal’s second biggest behind “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”
Singleton’s saga pulled in a projected $1.5 million on 66 in Poland (200% ahead of the first edition); $1.1 million on 107 in Holland (130% bigger); $410,000 in Hungary (200% better); and $108,000 in Croatia.
“These results confirm the global appeal of ‘Bridget Jones’ and we look forward to the rollout into the rest of the world over the next few weeks,” UIP prez Andrew Cripps said Sunday.
‘Incredibles’ animates numbers
“The Incredibles” drew an estimated $5.8 million, led by Sweden’s $1.3 million (slightly below “Finding Nemo”), Taiwan’s $1.3 million (more than doubling “Nemo”) and Norway’s $950,000.
Pixar/Disney toon mustered roughly $690,000 in Denmark, $480,000 in the Philippines, $425,000 in Finland and $330,000 at the Grand Rex in Paris, where it’s platforming as a primer for its Nov. 24 nationwide bow.
“Shark Tale” feasted on $6.7 million from holdovers and openings in several minor territories, propelling its cume to $138.5 million in 36 territories.
Teutonic spoof “Seven Dwarfs” continued to dominate Germany, ringing up about $6.2 million in its third outing (off 32%), hoisting the territory total to a wondrous $32.8 million.
Warners’ wartime drama “A Very Long Engagement” reigned in its third sojourn in France, grossing an estimated $5.1 million (dropping only 19%) and elevating local cume to $25 million.
In Spain, Sony’s pickup “Say I Do” nabbed about $1.4 million on 300 in a close race for pole position with the soph session of local terrorist thriller “El Lobo.”
“Shall We Dance” courted $6.4 million in BVI’s markets and its estimated cume advanced to $32 million, including a projection for its third weekend in Italy, where it’s handled by an indie. Richard Gere/Jennifer Lopez starrer was tops in Mexico, bringing in $530,000, and a solid No. 2 in Germany, drumming up $2.3 million in its second turn (slipping by 26%), scoring a hearty $6.6 million to date.
Remake of the poignant Japanese tale pocketed $1.2 million in its soph sesh in Spain (easing by 30%), for a decent haul of $3.6 million.
In their second stanzas in the U.K., “The Grudge” abated by just 14% to $2.9 million, hiking its total to a sturdy $9 million; and word of mouth kicked in for “Bad Santa” after its ho-hum preem, as the subversive comedy improved by 16% to $925,000, sending its tally to $2.4 million.
“Finding Neverland” continued to enchant the Brits, earning $901,000 in its third adventure (declining by just 15%) and a nifty $5 million so far.