A weekahead of its domestic launch, Keanu Reeves title Constantine opened invarious Asian territories including Hong Kong and South Korea for the Lunar NewYear holiday.
The highest new entry on the international chart, theaction fantasy film, based on the comic-book Hellblazer, claimed fourthplace and $6.7m over the weekend for Warner Bros.
Openingearly for the Asian holiday Constantine has a total gross of $11.8m. TheEuropean launch begins this weekend led by France (Feb 16) and Germany (Feb17).
Meanwhile,a third consecutive weekend at the top of the chart in South Korea kept localtitle Running Boy buoyant on the international chart with an 18% rise onthe previous weekend for distributor Showbox. This brings its total gross to$17.7m after just 17 days.
Frenchcomedy Iznogoud opened top in France through TFM Distribution. Combinedwith launches in Belgium (Cineart) and Switzerland (Monopole Pathe), the filmfinished fifth on the international table just behind Constantine with$6m. Iznogoud ranked third in Belgium. It finished top in theFrench-speaking region of Switzerland but due to the German region's dominanceover the nationwide chart (last year the German region accounted for 70% of boxoffice takings) ity had to settle for fourth nationwide. TF1 Internationalhandles international sales.
MeetThe Fockers heldthe international chart with a pole position debut in Italy, with $5.7m (Euro4.4m) amongst the seven new territories this week. Other lead positionsincluded The Netherlands ($0.7m) and Poland ($0.4m). In Greece the film took$0.6m, Turkey $0.4m, Norway $0.3m, and Slovenia $0.1m. The comedy sequel hasnow passed $100m internationally.
UIP sawanother of its titles pass $100m at the weekend. The Bourne Supremacyreturned to the chart after opening in Japan, its final territory, with a $1.9mweekend. Including days played during the previous week the action film hastaken $3.1m in the territory.
Numberone debuts in Australia, New Zealand and the Czech Republic helped lift TheAviator into second place. Australia led the way with a $1.4m (A$1.8m)launch through Roadshow, which also handles New Zealand. Bioscop distributes inthe Czech Republic.
FindingNeverland's newterritories included Spain and Germany giving the drama a 51% boost from theprevious week. Its strongest performance was in Spain where it ranked secondwith $1.6m (Euro 1.2m).
Elsewhere,French ($1.03m) and UK ($2.3m) debuts for UIP's The SpongeBob SquarePantsMovie saw the family film rocket up the international table.
Alsoworthy of note in the family market, although it did not feature on the weekendtable, was Pooh's Heffalump Movie. Opening day-and-date with NorthAmerica in a handful of smaller European territories the latest animated WinnieThe Pooh title from Buena Vista International grossed $1.4m from seventerritories. This was led by number one launches in Norway ($367,419) andSweden ($354,812) which saw off competition from UIP's Meet The Fockersand Fox's Hide And Seek respectively.
It is astrong slow start for the film which debuted internationally the previousweekend with a number one place in Poland. Despite slipping to third thisweekend in the territory the percentage drop off was just 13% for a $375,676(ZLO 1.2m) weekend from 84,017 admissions. This brings the ten day total for Pooh'sHeffalump Movie in Poland to $1.1m.
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The international table is compiled each week by Leonard Klady forScreen International.