This weekend'sinternational schedule offers a mixed bag of product, with Star Wars:Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith expected to dominate through strong holdovers as it bears down on$300m.
Released throughFox International, the sci-fi saga currently stands at $268.7m and shouldperform strongly in its third weekend. A robust domestic haul may be enough topropel Sith past the$600m worldwide mark this weekend.
Fox Internationalalso opens Elektra inJapan on 150 prints on Jun 4, when executives will be looking for solid play toboost the $31.6m international running total through all distributors.
Japan isgenerally hard to predict and audiences can be particularly unforgiving oncomic book adaptations, as evidenced by lacklustre debuts in recent years of X2 and Daredevil.
Robots opens in Poland on Jun 3 on 70 prints;it has grossed $111.4m to date. Japan and South Korea are still to open laterthis year.
It's a big weekendfor Buena Vista International (BVI), which has major releases lined up for agroup of appealing titles.
Robert Rodriguezand Frank Miller's Sin City launches in its first major markets on the back of the highprofile European premiere at Cannes last month,
The comic bookadaptation is slated to open in the UK and Italy on Jun 3. So far it hasgrossed just under $400,000 to date from Taiwan. BVI holds limited rights.
Family picture ThePacifier goes out inSouth Korea, Sweden, Denmark and Finland on Jun 3. It has performedimpressively so far, amassing $62.8m in international ticket sales.
Comedy TheHitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy goes out in Brazil and Mexico on Jun 3 and has grossed $27m todate.
BVI was set torelease A Lot Like Lovein Australia on Jun 2. The romantic comedy currently stands at $3.4m.
Sony PicturesReleasing International (SPRI) also has a lot going on: it rolls out Kung FuHustle in Germany on 170screens on Jun 2 and Spain a day later on 205. The martial arts romp hasgrossed $67.2m to date.
SPRI openscomedy remake The Longest Yard in its first international releases this weekend, launching inAustralia on 258 on Jun 2 and Mexico on 260 on Jun 3.
Hitch was one of the year's earliest successstories and SPRI executives will seek to prolong the magic with a Japanesedebut on 216 on Jun 4. The romantic comedy stands at $182.8m.
DreamWorks'animated picture Madagascar is gradually gearing up for its global onslaught, and goes outthrough UIP on Jun 2 in Russia, Turkey and several Baltic States. It hasgrossed $1.9m from several small debuts last weekend.
DreamWorks' TheRing Two goes out inIndia through UIP and South Korea through CJ Entertainment on Jun 2; it hasgrossed $79.2m through UIP.
Universal has a few titles in action this weekend. TheInterpreter opens in several smaller LatinAmerican markets and stands at $65.5m.
The League OfGentlemen's Apocalypseopens in the UK on 286 prints on Jun 3 and should perform well given that thetelevision comedy troupe's first theatrical outing will be playing to a homecrowd.
Paramount's Coach Carter opened in Italy on Jun 3 and has taken $21.6m to date. The drama wasdue to open in France through SND and Germany through BVI on Jun 2.
Releasingdetails were unavailable from Warner Bros at time of writing.