This weekend revenge is a dish best served hot asMiramax's Kill Bill Vol 2 opens wide infive major international markets within a week of its table-topping US bow.
QuentinTarantino's sequel opened in Germany and Australia on Apr 22 and goes out inthe UK and Italy on Apr 23 - all through Buena Vista International (BVI). Itopens in Japan on Apr 24 through Gaga.
The sequel shoulddo well following Kill Bill Vol 1's storming international run last year that produced number onebows in Japan ($3.5m from 170 theatres) and Australia ($2.2m from 272).
The pictureopened on platform release in the UK on $271,022 and expanded into 375 theatresa week later to add $4.5m in second place behind Finding Nemo, while in Germany it opened third on$2.8m from 621.
Starsky &Hutch opened in Franceon Wednesday and goes out in Russia on Apr 23 through BVI. MiramaxInternational executives are hoping for a strong French bow after reporting astrong first day's business. The buddy movie has grossed $42.4m to date.
Elsewhere ColdMountain goes out inJapan on Apr 24 through Toho-Towa, a run which should add a considerable chunkto its $68m international box office total.
Universal's horrorremake Dawn Of The Deadmarches on Brazil, Italy and Spain on Apr 23 through UIP and opens a day laterin Taiwan.
Paramount'stime-travel thriller Timeline opened in France on Wednesday and the DreamWorks romantic comedy WinA Date With Ted Hamiltonopens in the UK on Apr 23, both through UIP.
Columbia'sromantic comedy 50 First Dates opened in Germany yesterday on a wide 670 screens and rolls outin Spain today on 291.
The picture hasgrossed $26.5m through Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI)and should do well bearing in mind the strong performance of Universal's AlongCame Polly there lastmonth.
Polly opened second on $3.8m in 469 theatresand climbed to the top of the pile a week later on $2.9m from an expanded 511theatre count. It opened third in Spain on $1.8m from 255.
The thrillerSecret Window will be released in Mexico on Apr 23 on 300; it has amassed $9.5mso far. Latest international cumulative totals released by CTFDI put Gothika on $71.5m, Mona Lisa Smile on $75.3m, Big Fish on $44.4m and Peter Pan on $65.1m. All grosses are as of Apr 18.
The PassionOf The Christ gets itsfinal release through Fox International (which acquired the picture in LatinAmerica and Asia-Pacific territories) this upcoming weekend in Thailand, whereit opened on Apr 22 on 36 screens. The religious epic has grossed $68m from Foxmarkets to date.
Warner BrosPictures International opens Scooby-Doo 2 in Taiwan on Apr 24 and executives will be looking for asteady performance to build on the family sequel's $68.5m international runningtotal. The 2002 original did so-so business in the territory.
The serialkiller thriller Taking Lives opens in the UK on Apr 24; it has amassed $14.2m to date.