That lovesick Jones girl was the queen of much of Europe and Australia over the weekend while “The Incredibles” smashed toon records in Singapore and Malaysia and “The Polar Express” chugged into Oz with reasonable numbers for a pic that skews young.
In other notable developments amid a patchy frame, “House of Flying Daggers” looked sharp in France, “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” reigned in Mexico, and “Bad Santa” was plain lousy as it ventured into continental Europe and Mexico.
The champ overseas for the second consecutive weekend, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” romanced a projected $20.9 million from 1,800 playdates in 18 territories, raising cume to $59.3 million.
Renee Zellweger/Colin Firth headliner launched in eight markets led by Spain’s estimated $2.3 million, Norway’s $1 million, Sweden’s $675,000, New Zealand’s $560,000 and Denmark’s $526,000. All were significantly bigger than the bows of “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and the pic was No. 1 in each except Sweden, where it trailed the soph session of “The Incredibles,” according to BVI’s Sunday projection.
Fueled by word of mouth in its second stanzas, “Bridget” mustered approximately $10 million in the U.K. (easing by 25%, excluding previews), hoisting the total to a socko $39 million; it pulled in $2 million in Oz, off 41%, for a local cume of $8.2 million; and has wooed $2.3 million in 11 days in Holland, abating by 27%.
“The Incredibles” drew an estimated $801,000 in Singapore (35% ahead of “Finding Nemo”), $460,000 in Malaysia (beating prior animated champ “Dinosaur”) and $280,000 in its platform at two London venues. Through its second weekends, Pixar pic has generated a uniformly impressive $2.2 million in Sweden (off 34%), $1.6 million in Denmark (down 38%), $1.3 million in Norway (dropping 40%) and $650,000 at the Grand Rex in Paris. BVI estimated its weekend haul at $5.5 million, bringing cume to $12 million.
“Polar Express” whistled up $921,000 on 226 Down Under, behind “Bridget Jones” and fellow frosh “The Grudge,” which scared up $1.4 million. Tom Hanks starrer opened 14% higher than “Elf” and 9% below “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” according to Warner Bros. In New Zealand, the Christmas-themed pic rang up a ho-hum $87,000 on 58.
“House of Flying Daggers” grabbed an estimated $1.45 million on 260 in France, a solid second behind the fourth outing of Warners’ wartime drama “A Very Long Engagement.”
Teutonic spoof “Seven Dwarfs” dominated Germany for the fourth week in a row, taking $4.2 million, spurring cume to a giant $38.8 million.
The “Princess Diaries” sequel fetched $685,000 in Mexico, good enough to be No. 1 although 18% below the original’s entry. A tidy earner in the U.K. and Oz but a dud in France and Germany, the pic’s collected $28 million in 24 countries.
“Bad Santa” has unwrapped a handy $3.5 million through its third sojourn in the U.K., but the subversive comedy isn’t generating much cheer for Sony, bagging $530,000 on 121 in Italy, $400,000 on 152 in Germany, $310,000 on 186 in France and $85,000 on 92 in Mexico.