Twentieth Century Fox's The Day After Tomorrow will comfortably pass the $200mmilestone this weekend, with Warner Bros' third Harry Potter instalment rapidly gaining ground closebehind.
The eco-disaster picturehas amassed $199.9m since its day-and-date release two weekends ago. No majormarket bows remain through the studio's international arm Fox International,however strong continued business should take it past the mark in fine style.
Meanwhile Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is expected to add to last weekend'smassive $113.5m bow from 24 countries, which was the third biggestinternational opening ever behind The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and The Matrix Revolutions.
A wide Australian bowshould boost the family picture's $135.8m running total and Warner BrosPictures International executives will be looking for a mighty follow-upweekend that should take Harry and chums well past $150m.
By way of comparison, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets opened top in Australia in late November2002 on $7.4m from 488 theatres.
Troy,another Warner Bros heavy-hitter that opened several weeks ago, has grossed$273.8m from international markets to date and opens this weekend in China.
Lions Gate's The Punisher was scheduled to open in France on 250 screens on Jun 9through Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, Germany on 318 on Jun10, and Mexico on 300 a day later. Still in the very early stages ofinternational release, the comic book adaptation has grossed $2.1m.
Strike and Universal's horror remake Dawn Of The Dead opens on Jun 10 through UIP in Australia(140 prints) and New Zealand (40). It has taken $16.4m through UIP and roughlydouble that amount industry-wide.
UIP also opens Paramount's The Perfect Score on Jun 10 in Germany, Paramount's AgainstThe Ropes on Jun 11 inSpain, Universal's Connie And Carla on Jun 11 in the UK, and Paramount's Twisted on Jun 11 in Brazil.
Buena Vista's TheLadykillers, currentlyon $5.5m, was due to open in France on Jun 9 and Italy on Jun 11 through BuenaVista International.