On a weekend that saw a sharp disappointment for UK box office hopeful Lucky Break, UK mega-hit Bridget Jones's Diary passed the $100m international box office mark, having debuted in several territories, including Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Finland.
Distributed in most international territories by UIP, the romantic comedy has taken a massive $104.1m to date and clearly has a long life ahead of it, with several major territories including Hong Kong and France still to receive the feature.
Starring Texan actress Renee Zellweger and leading British talent including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent, the film has seen strong numbers in most territories. Last weekend's releases saw Bridget beat off fellow opener Planet Of The Apes in Switzerland where the film managed $181,217 from 35 screens. Although losing out to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within in Germany, the comedy scored $1.96m, placing it ahead of five-week German box office leader Der Schuh Des Manitu.
Hungarian and Finnish audiences awarded the film with the leading position in their charts where it grossed $110,078 from 24 screens and $295,921 from 36 screens respectively over the three-day weekend.
Bridget's good legs in other key territories include the UK ($60.5m) where it dropped out of the top 15 for the first time in 20 weeks at the weekend; Spain ($11.3m), Australia ($8.9m), The Netherlands ($4.9m), Sweden ($3.3m), Norway ($3.1m), Poland ($3m) and Denmark ($1.6m). The Working Title produced film opened to number one positions in all of these territories.
Bridget Jones's Diary should easily surpass the $117m achieved internationally by Brit hit Four Weddings And A Funeral, but has a long way to go to match The Full Monty (over $210m) and Notting Hill (more than $245m).