Having hunted down $17.5m to date from the first stage of its international roll-out, DreamWorks-Paramount thriller Eagle Eye swoops into its first major European and Asian markets through distributor Paramount Pictures International (PPI).
It landed in Germany (with 350 prints), Korea (with 250) and five smaller markets on Thursday (October 9) and reaches Spain (with 380 prints) and two smaller markets on Friday (October 10).
The House Bunny, with $3m to date from seven smaller markets, hops into its first major territories anywhere through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI). The comedy arrived in France (with 120 prints) on Wednesday (October 8), spread to Germany (with 220 prints) on Thursday and arrives in Brazil (80 prints), Spain (250 prints) and the UK (350 prints) on Friday.
The two films - especially the female-skewing House Bunny - will take some revenue away from Universal's impressive Mamma Mia!, which led the international box office for the fifth time last weekend and did strong holdover business in Germany, Korea and the UK, among other markets. As of last Sunday, the Abba-inspired musical had taken $377.3m from its international run, reported Universal Pictures International (UPI), with eight territories, including Japan on January 30, still to go.
The only major studio release making its international debut this weekend is Body of Lies, from Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI). The CIA thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe opened in Australia - where Crowe first made his name and where Mamma Mia! has pretty much completed its run - on Thursday, a day before its launch in the US.
Among individual territories, the UK could be a particular hotspot this weekend. New releases competing with SPRI's House Bunny in the territory from Friday will include WBPI's Nights in Rodanthe, which will be making its European debut after amassing $4.76m from the international marketplace so far.
Fox International opens Mirrors in the UK (with 346 prints) and two smaller markets after earning nearly $20m to date. And independently-distributed US films joining the UK fray include City of Ember (which opens in the US through Fox-Walden this weekend), The Mutant Chronicles and What Just Happened'
While it rides high on the success of Mamma Mia!, UPI opened Wanted in China on Thursday, with 450-plus prints. The thriller is another strong international performer, with $170.4m to date.
On Friday, UPI launches Focus Features' Burn After Reading (which has grossed $13.2m from the international marketplace to date, with independents handling it in many markets) with 250-plus prints in Spain and local acquisition Kada Kien Su Karma with 100-plus prints in Mexico.
Besides Eagle Eye, PPI is giving American Teen a limited seven-print release in Japan (the film's first international territory) on Saturday (October 11) and launching Tropic Thunder (which has earned $50.1m internationally to date) in nine smaller markets.
Fox is also opening Bangkok Dangerous (which has so far earned $31.3m through independents in 18 international markets) in Taiwan, Babylon AD (with $14.4m from Fox markets so far and $38.8m internationally overall) in India plus local films in three major territories. On Thursday, the studio opened Koltchak with 1,100 prints in Russia and Krabat with 395 in Germany. And on Friday it debuts Querra dos Rocha with 85 prints in Brazil.
The only international launch this weekend from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) is of Beverly Hills Chihuahua in Argentina. The talking dog comedy has so far made $7.1m from five territories. Disney's Wall-E, meanwhile, has now reached $232.6m internationally.
WBPI's The Dark Knight has now accumulated $462.6m, the studio reported, Get Smart $97.7m and Star Wars: The Clone Wars $31.1m.