Signs grossed $6.3m over the weekend for Buena Vista International (BVI) to bring its international running total to $162m. The supernatural thriller produced BVI's biggest ever opening in Greece, where it scored $650,000 from 53 screens and was roughly 60% higher than the opening for director M Night Shyamalan's previous offering, Unbreakable. In its third week in Italy Signs took $1.9m for a $10.2m running total, while a $1.7m third weekend in France raised the territory cumulative to $8.3m.
The animated feature Lilo & Stitch is now within touching distance of $100m after a $2.1m weekend haul that brings its cumulative score to $95.8m. In its fifth week in the UK the picture grossed $1.7m for an $18.8m running total, bettering by some 20% the opening of the Adam Sandler comedy Mr. Deeds. However, it should be noted that Sandler is not a major star in the UK.
The comedy Snow Dogs grossed $2.5m for a $28m total. Opening it Italy it took $420,000 from 102 screens. In its second week in France the picture took $600,000 for a $1.4m running total and in its third week in Germany it recorded $785,000 for a $3.3m cumulative score.
The fantasy action picture Reign Of Fire took $1.6m over the weekend for a $25.5m running total. Opening in Spain, it grossed $1.3m from 222 screens and took $125,000 from 122 screens in its second week in Brazil for a $425,000 cumulative total.
In early days on international release, the Reese Witherspoon comedy romance Sweet Home Alabama opened number one in the Philippines, recording $210,000 from 50 screens. It opened top of the charts in Israel with $155,000 from 28 screens. Sweet Home Alabama's weekend box office totalled $500,000 for a cumulative score of $600,000.