Buena Vista International's (BVI) thriller Flightplan sets course for what could well becomeits biggest weekend to date with major launches scheduled in Australia, France,Spain, South Korea and Russia.
The picture is currentlycruising at $43.9m and should fly past $50m this weekend with strong debutsexpected in each of the above major markets.
It will pose the biggest threat to The Legend Of Zorro, which has amassed in excess of $60mthrough Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPI) and Spyglass, but has nomajor launches this weekend.
SPRI also opens comedy remake TheLongest Yard in South Korea on Nov 11 andexecutives will be looking for a timely boost to that picture's $31.7minternational cumulative total.
Returning to BVI, the distributor plans to launch the CG animatedpicture Chicken Little inBrazil on Nov 11, which stands at $6.8m. The Brothers Grimm ventures out in Italy on Nov 11, and willbe looking to build on its $41.4m total to date.
Fox International opens In Her Shoes in a raft of major markets this weekend,including Germany and Russia on Nov 10, the UK and Italy on Nov 11, and Japanon Nov 12. Still in the early days of its run, the sibling drama has grossed$6.3m to date.
Executives will looking for Into The Blue to make a splash when it dives intoBrazilian waters on Nov 11. The treasure-seeker adventure has sold $15.7m intickets to date.
Universal's comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin opens in France on 302 prints on Nov 9through UIP; it stands at $48m to date.
UIP has a busy weekend. Focus Features' thriller The ConstantGardener opens in the UKon 310 prints on Nov 11; it has taken $3.1m from Spain, Brazil and Mexico todate. UIP holds limited rights to the thriller.
Universal's period drama Pride & Prejudice stands at $39m from eight openings todate, while Working Title's children's hit Nanny McPhee has amassed an exceptional $23m from theUK alone. The video game adaptation Doom has grossed $14m to date.
Paramount's revenge drama FourBrothers, which stands at $14m, opensthrough UIP in Australia and Germany on Nov 10. The romantic comedy Elizabethtowngoes out in Spain on Nov 11 and Japan a daylater and has grossed $7.9m to date. Sundance hit Hustle And Flow opens in the UK on Nov 11.
Next weekend will be all about Warner Bros Pictures International,which is lying low before the global release of Harry Potter And The GobletOf Fire.
Barring widespread acts of godor a fiendish magical spell, the fourth instalment of the children's fantasysaga is guaranteed to finish that weekend as the number one internationalpicture.
Latestinternational running totals released by executives put Charlie And TheChocolate Factory on$261.7m including Roadshow territories, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride on $44.7m, and Dukes Of Hazzard on $30.5m including Roadshowterritories.