Thisweek's international chart saw the battle of the also rans against the second(or in Korea's case opening) week of Star Wars: Episode III.
WarnerBros' horror House Of Wax saw solid numbers with second place launchesin the UK, France and Belgium and other European debuts including Italy,Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands.
TheOscar winning Million Dollar Baby received its final major opening inJapan placing second to local hit Negotiator with $1.6m. Negotiatorremains untouchable at the top of Japanese chart with $2.9m in its fourthweekend for a $24.5m total.
Bollywoodtitle Bunty Aur Babli showed magic in the UK ($272,913 from 30 screens),
Australia($39,785 from 6 sites), South Africa ($25,168 from 6 sites) and a host of othercountries to finish as the highest new opener. The film opens in the MiddleEast on June 1. Written and produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Shaad AliSehgal (Saathiya) the film sees the long awaited team up of father andson actors Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan.
CinemaService saw local film Little Brother compete well against fellow openerStar Wars although again second place was order of the day. However, while LoveIn Magic held over well last week's Korean leader Antarctic Journaltook a beating and plummetted 62% week-on-week.
Spainalso saw a local title, Alexis Valdes' comedy Un Rey En La Habana, opento try to take the gap between blockbusters. The film settled in third placefor Sony in Spain after Fox double Episode III and Kingdom Of Heavenbut made 25thon the international table.
Thethird Star Wars movie saw some big week-on-week drops that are to beexpected from a blockbuster holdover. It was also hit by soaring temperaturesin Europe.
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The international table is compiled each week by LeonardKlady for Screen International.