With Van Helsing set to open in 40 territories or so next weekend, it looks like being a quiet weekend for major openings in key territories across the world.
Scooby-Doo 2 is scampering towards $100m at the international boxoffice and Warner Bros Pictures International executives will be looking toKorea and Russia to provide a timely box office boost this upcoming weekend.
The family sequel hasamassed $77.2m and opens in both markets on Apr 30. Strong figures should bethe order of the day considering Scooby's steady run so far.
The distributor opened TakingLives in France on Apr 28 andfollows that up with bows in Italy and Sweden on Apr 30. The thriller hasgrossed $18.9m to date.
The romantic comedy 50First Dates opens in Brazil throughColumbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) on Apr 30 on 161screens and as of Apr 25 had grossed $36.4m.
Secret Window opens in Germany on Apr 29 on 420 and the UK a daylater on 370. The thriller had grossed $59m as of Apr 25 and should do well inboth markets considering Johnny Depp's international clout.
Miramax's Cold Mountain opens in its final market of China on Apr 30 in whatwill be the studio's first revenue-sharing deal with China Film Co. The dramahas grossed more than $68m so far.
Kill Bill Vol 2 has no major bows this weekend but is expected tofollow up strongly to last weekend's sterling $17.6m launch in the UK,Germany, Italy and Australia.
Starsky & Hutch opens in Korea on Apr 30 through Buena VistaInternational (BVI) and as of Apr 26 had amassed $51.5m.
The dark comedy Duplex opens in the UK on Apr 30 through BVI, which willalso open Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights in Germany on Apr 29.
The remainder of BVI'sweekend release slate was unavailable as BVI executives had not returned callsat time of going to press.
Fox International opens RunawayJury in Germany on Apr 29 on 160prints and in Austria a day later on 22.
The thriller has amassed$28.3m from its industry run to date and should yield a respectable bow bearingin mind that Taking Lives grossed$1.1m when it opened in Germany in early April.
Fox picked up Miramax's JerseyGirl for Taiwan only and will openit in the South-East Asian market on May 1 on 43.
The comedy Welcome ToMooseport opens in its first marketof Australia on Apr 29 on 30, but is not expected to be a high earner for thedistributor as political and cultural-specific jokes do not translate well forforeign audiences.
The Dreamers goes out in Australia on 29 on 16 prints and hasgrossed $8.8m from its markets to date.
Latest cumulative totalsreleased by Fox put the comedies Cheaper By The Dozen and Stuck On You on $49.3m and $31.4m respectively and religious epicThe Passion of The Christ, whichhas no further openings through Fox, on $73.3m.
New Line International opensThe Butterfly Effect in Spainthrough Tri-Pictures on 180 prints on Apr 30. The thriller has grossed $5.3m asof Apr 26
Paramount's School OfRock opens in Japan through UIP onApr 29 and executives may well benefit from a very strong local following forhard rock music.
UIP is also releasingUniversal/Working Title's The Calcium Kid in the UK through UIP on Apr 30, where star OrlandoBloom should generate a modest opening for the boxing mockumentary.
Dreamworks' romanticcomedy Win A Date With Tad Hamiltonopens in Spain on Apr 30.