British hit BendIt Like Beckham has surpassed$60m in worldwide revenues with plenty more theatre time before the finalwhistle. Last weekend its North American gross surpassed its UK gross after 12weeks on release and it is still playing in the top ten.
Gurinder Chadha'ssoccer comedy, which is distributed in the US by Fox Searchlight, grossed $1.1mfrom 491 sites last weekend to bring its cumulative total to $19.2m. This tookit past the film's homegrown UK/Ireland total of $18.9m (£11.6m), where it washandled by Redbus Film Distribution (aka Helkon SK).
The UK/Germanco-production has earned over $40m from international territories to date, witha particularly impressive run in Australia, where Icon recorded $8.5m(A$12.8m).
Other strongterritories included Switzerland which saw Ascot Elite take $3.4m (SFR4.4m);Germany where it grossed $3.3m (Euros 2.8m) for Highlight; Italy taking $2.7m(Euros 2.3m) for Lucky Red; and Metropolitan's $2m from 368,615 admissions inFrance
SandrewMetronome Distribution saw strong returns of over $926,000 from Nordicterritories. It took $419,200 (NKR 2.8m) from 50,000 admissions in Norway,$293,000 (DKR 1.85m) in Denmark, $141,000 (Euros 119,800) in Finland and$73,200 (SKR 568,700) in Sweden. Beckham took $36,569 (ISK 2.6m) from just twoscreen in Iceland for Good Times Distribution.
In BelgiumCineart grossed $269,819 (Euro 229,346), while A-Film Distribution took$189,676 (Euro 161,225) in the Netherlands. Bend It Like Beckham opens inMexico on Sept 19 this year for Fox.