The international crown is up for grabs this weekend as CinderellaMan launches in itsfirst international territories as strong holdover business is expected from Madagscar,The Island and CharlieAnd The Chocolate Factory.
Buena Vista International (BVI) holds all rights outside NorthAmerica to Cinderella Man, which has notched up $61.6m in domestic ticket sales sinceopening through Universal back in June, and, considering its warm criticalreception, is widely considered one of the year's biggest disappointments.
Fresh from itsinternational premiere at Venice, the Depression Era drama opened in Germany onSept 8, followed a day later in the UK, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and Italy.
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy opens in Japan on Sept 10; its currenttotal stands at $50.7m. BVI's family title Sky High was set to open in Australia on Sept 8.
Warner Bros Pictures International opens Charlie And TheChocolate Factory inJapan on Sept 10, and executives will be seeking to build on the familypicture's $142.1m international running total.
Sci-fi adventure The Island stands at more than $112.5m, Batman Begins has grossed more than $164.8m, andhorror title House Of Wax is on $36.7m including Roadshow territories.
DreamWorks International's Madagascar has no major openings this weekend,however the animated family picture was the biggest grossing title over lastweekend and UIP executives will be looking for sustained momentum to build onits $2361m running total.
Red Eye,another one from the DreamWorks International stable, was set to open throughUIP in Germany on Sept 8 and Brazil a day later and has grossed $6m to date.
UIP releases Odd LotEntertainment's football hooligan drama Green Street Hooligans in the UK on Sept 9.
Universal's Southern Gothic mystery Skeleton Key opens through UIP in Italy on Sept 9; ithas grossed $28.9m to date. Universal's horror title Land Of The Dead goes out in Spain on Sept 9 and Taiwanon Sept 10; it stands at $12.3m.
Paramount's War Of The Worlds currently stands at $350.4m as of Sept 7 and is by farUIP's biggest release of the year.
Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) was preparing to openThe Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl in 3D in Australia on Sept 8 on 218 screens.The family picture has grossed $15.4m to date.
Prison comedy remake The Longest Yard goes out in the UK on Sept 9 on 400 andthe studio is hoping to swell its $18.1m total. Sony's action adventure Stealth was set to take off in Australia on Sept8 on 215 screens and China the same day on 242; to date it has grossed morethan $21.1m. Bewitched standsat $35.7m.
Fox International opens the action sequel The Transporter 2 in its first major international marketof Russia on Sept 8 on 175 prints.
Fever Pitch (known outside North America as Perfect Catch) was set to go out in Australia on Sept8 on 189 prints and is in the early stages of its run.
The Russian fantasy picture Night Watch opens in Mexico on Sept 9 on 150; it hasamassed $16.2m through Russia and Spain to date.
Star Wars:Episode III has grossed$461.2m, Fantastic Four stands at $148.8m, and Mr And Mrs Smith has taken more than $232.3m through alldistributors.