Havingalready enjoyed a week on the chart through previews alone Bridget Jonessequel The Edge Of Reason topped the international chart in its officialopening week with ease.
Arecord opening for the UK's Working Title in its home territory ($13.2m excludingpreviews) was complimented by number one launches in all of the romanticcomedy's other five territories: Australia ($4.3m), Croatia ($81,000), Hungary($0.4m), The Netherlands ($1.13m) and Poland ($1.15m).
Thehighest new entry, occupying the number eight slot that Bridget filledlast week, was Pixar's latest animated title The Incredibles. The filmopened throughout Scandinavia claiming number one spots in all territories aswell as going out on exclusive release at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris. Thefilm opens nationwide in France on Nov 24.
Bridget'smain competition at the top of the international chart over the next twomonths, as it blankets the globe, will likely come from The Incredibleswhich will cover the same roll-out period.
BVI'sShall We Dance' continued to play well adding a number one opening thisweek in Argentina on 34 screens and opening in South Korea.
PrequelExorcist: The Beginning claimed the top spot in Italy through EaglePictures with $3.6m boosting the horror title back up the chart.
Alsoseeing a jump was UIP's The Manchurian Candidate following launches inGermany, Spain, Italy and Austria.
Frenchtitles fared well on the table led by Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very LongEngagement which continued to play well in France, Belgium and Switzerland,slipping just 11% in its third week.
Meanwhilenew title 13thDistrict (Banlieue 13) saw a strong start in Francethrough EuropaCorp taking $3.1m from 428 screens for the third highest screenaverage of the week on the international top 30. The film ranked,appropriately, in 13thplace. Another three French titles and French-US co-production Taxi alsoappeared this week.
Spainalso had a local pair doing well with new release Di Que Si narrowlyleading holdover Wolf (El Lobo) at 21 and 22. Wolf saw admissionsand box office increase 28%-29% week-on-week in the country. Playing on fewerscreens Wolf also claimed the stronger screen average.
ElsewhereUIP's Collateral passed $100m last week. The UK has provided the highestreturns for Michael Mann's thriller ($15.2m), followed by Japan ($13m), France($10.5m), Italy ($8.7m) and Germany ($7m).
Thefilm has only been on release for three weeks in Japan, however, so thatterritory will soon surpass the UK. Japan is frequently a good territory forTom Cruise titles. The actor's last release, The Last Samurai, grossed$125m in Japan - more than its North American gross - while his previous, MinorityReport, saw its biggest international gross ($48m) come from the territory.
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The international table is compiled each week by Leonard Klady forScreen International.