Buena Vista Internationalshould rule the international box office seas for the eighth consecutiveweekend with Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The adventure sequel has only two small openings- Greece and Lebanon, which both opened today (Thursday) - but itshould easily stay top bearing in mind its seventh weekend take was $25.5m.
At Wednesday its totalinternational gross was $535m and it domestic was $403m, bringing its globaltotal to $938m. That figure makes it the fourth biggest movie of all time.Since Sunday it has overtaken both Star Wars: Episode I - The PhantomMenace ($924.3m) and The Lord OfThe Rings: The Two Towers ($926.3m)and it should surpass the third film Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone ($976.5m) in the next fortnight. The question iswhether the movie can cross the $1bn mark and join an exclusive club of threewith Titanic and The Lord OfThe Rings: The Return Of The King.
BVI is also opening Cars this weekend in Italy, China, Norway and Finland.The Pixar animated movie has so far taken $149.6m.
Warner Bros PicturesInternational (WBPI) is taking out M Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Water in three major territories. The fantasy, which hastaken $5.7m so far in international, should stride ahead dramatically after its408-print opening in France yesterday (Wednesday), 324-print opening in Spainyesterday and 186-print opening in Russia today.
WBPI is also opening TheLake House in Sweden on Friday.Current total for The Lake Houseis $41.7m, while The Ant Bullystands on $9.4m and Superman Returns is at $169m.
Meanwhile Universal/UIP isopening Miami Vice in seventerritories including Germany where the film opened number one today (Thursday)on 450 prints. The action thriller has so far taken $40m.
Comedy You, Me And Dupree gets a 350-print wide opening in the UK on Friday;its gross in the early stages of release is $9.2m.
The Break-Up, which is on $63m as of Wednesday, opens in fivesmaller territories including Taiwan on Saturday, while The Fast And TheFurious: Tokyo Drift, which hastaken $82m, has three minor openings including South Africa on Friday.
Sony Pictures ReleasingInternational (SPRI) is looking to build on its $22.6m total for MonsterHouse with major openings in Franceon 400 prints, Germany on 300, Russia on 260 and Taiwan on 79 this weekend.
SPRI's other current releaseClick, which stands on $27.1m todate, has only one opening in The Middle East.
Fox International is pushingout Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kittiesin Spain on Friday on 415 prints; the family sequel has already grossed animpressive $68.7m.
Fox is also releasingSearchlight horror picture The Hills Have Eyes on 269 in Italy and 45 in The Netherlands. Theremake has so far grossed $25m in international.
The Sentinel, which has taken $16m to date, goes out in Mexico on304 screens tomorrow, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which has taken $12.2m so far, has minor openingsin Central America and Poland, and Searchlight's Thank You For Smoking went out in Australia on 90 prints today.
New Line's actioner SnakesOn A Plane opened in Australia todayon 227 prints and in New Zealand on 41 through Roadshow. The movie, which hadtaken $3.36m in the UK through Entertainment at Wednesday, is also opening inMalaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Turkey, Ecuador and Peru. Its six-day totalcumulative gross is $3.99m.