Universal/UPI’sFast & Furious has raced to $153.1m and should cross $170m through what is expected to be solid holdover business this weekend.
The film will need to make hay while the sun shines ahead of Fox International’s global launch of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which kicks off the summer season next weekend.
Meanwhile Universal’s thriller State Of Play on an early $2.4m gets a big test when it lands in the UK, from whence came the BBC miniseries on which the film is based.
Animated film The Tale Of Despereaux on $34.7m debuts in Italy on April 24 while horror remake The Last House On The Left opens in France on April 22.
UPI has a couple of local language titles in play this weekend. The German action comedy Ausbilder Schmidt opens in Germany on April 23 and cha cha cha’s US/Mexican Spanish-language comedy Rudo Y Cursi touches down in Spain and Uruguay on April 24.
PPI’s comedy I Love You, Man gets a big push this weekend, opening in 15 territories including Germany, German-speaking Switzerland and Switzerland on April 23, followed by Mexico, Brazil and Austria on April 24. The film has grossed an early $2.4m.
Monsters Vs Aliens has amassed $130.7m through PPI and will stride towards the $140m mark, buoyed by a new launch in South Korea on April 23. Friday The 13th (2009) on $24.6m goes out in six territories, among them Hong Kong and Singapore on April 23. Horror remake The Uninvited on an early $1.8m opens in the UK on April 24.
Gran Torino has a shot at crossing $100m this weekend when it opens in its final territory of Japan on April 25. Clint Eastwood’s redemption drama has amassed $95.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International releases the nature documentary Earth day-and-date with North America in Italy, Brazil and Argentina this weekend.
Although this will be the first North American release under the Disneynature label, the film has already grossed in the region of $80m through successful launches in numerous territories including Germany and Japan, where it took more than $36m and $23m respectively. Disney holds Latin America and select rights to Earth while BBC Worldwide and Greenlight control the bulk of territories.
Disneynature is Disney’s first new label in more than 60 years and is based in France under Jean-Francois Camilleri, the former senior vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France.
Race To Witch Mountain stands at $25.9m, Confessions Of A Shopaholic has reached $25.9m and Bedtime Stories has grossed $109.7m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International’s banking thriller The International has grossed $26.4m and executives will be looking for inspiration from new launches this weekend in Spain, New Zealand and South Africa.
Cadillac Records lands in Germany on April 23 while Punisher: War Zone debuts in South Africa a day later. Fresh figures from Sony reveal that Paul Blart: Mall Cop has taken $28.8m, while Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans has grossed $43.2m through all distributors and The Pink Panther 2 stands at $37.3m.
New Line International’s comedy 17 Again opened in France on April 22 and has already taken more than $700,000. The film has grossed more than $21m internationally.
Summit International’s sci-fi thriller Knowing on $57.1m opens in Portugal, Denmark and Norway.