Bridget Jones's Diary was set to cross the $200m barrier in worldwide box office this weekend as it continues to pull in audiences across the globe. With an international running total of $125.4m to add to its $71.5m North American receipts, the romantic comedy needed to make just $3.05m internationally over the three-day weekend to cross the mark, a feat Bridget should have taken in its stride.
Having taken number one spots in nearly every territory where it has been released, including both Switzerland and Germany last weekend, although after three weeks on release having opened at a lower position, the film also claimed another lead last week, opening in Hong Kong on September 6 to take a seven-day gross of $459,705 from just 24 screens and achieving a massive $19,154 screen average.
Other strong international territories include the UK ($59.6m), Spain ($11.3m), Australia ($10.5m) and Germany ($9.99m), all of which are still clocking up the numbers. Foreign-language territories account for 43% ($54m) of the international takings and the Working Title production has yet to open in several major markets, including France and Italy.
The comedy stars Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant and is directed by first timer Sharon Maguire. The film is based on Helen Fielding's best-selling novel of the same name. The DVD details have already been announced for the US release on Oct 9 and UK on Dec 1 - which will include deleted- and behind-the-scenes material as well as a running commentary from Maguire to accompany the film.