Riding high on a sensational European run, Finding Nemo is expected to pass $200m in international ticket sales this upcoming weekend with wide releases in France and Spain and strong holdover business.
Following an international table-topping weekend last week, the worldwide animated hit has amassed $190.8m at the international box office to date and Buena Vista International (BVI) executives are confident it will pass the milestone in the next few days. It opened in France on Nov 26 and bows in Spain on Nov 28.
The first day on wide release in France (following a two week Paris one screen platform which netted 62,880 admissions) sold a massive 279,000 tickets at the film's 893 sites. This was the biggest opening day ever for BVI in France and the biggest animated opening ahead of 1999's Tarzan's which sold 203,000 on its first day.
The Spanish opening will look to beat previous Pixar hits Monsters, Inc. ($2.5m) and Toy Story 2 ($2.49m) and will aim to swing ahead of Tarzan ($3m).
Kill Bill Vol 1, which has grossed $39m in all BVI markets so far, opens in Mexico on Nov 28.
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World catches its first major international wave this weekend when it opens up in a slew of territories through Fox International.
The seafaring adventure grossed $130,000 from Friday to Tuesday when it went on platform release in London on one print last week and expands in the UK to 589 prints on Nov 28. Russell Crowe historical hit Gladiator opened to $6.1m (£3.56m) in May 2000 in the UK.
Other major European openings include Germany on Nov 27 (623 prints) where Gladiator took $4.5m on its opening, and Spain on Nov 28 (375 prints), where Gladiator managed $3.2m. Korea launches the film on Nov 28 (165). It also opens in Russia on Nov 27 on 154 prints and Taiwan on Nov 29 on 90.
Latest international totals for the distributor's other active titles are as follows: In America $2.9m; Alien Director's Cut $2.8m; Le Divorce $2.7m; LXG $112.2m; Legally Blonde 2 $33.4m; Phone Booth $48.6m; and 28 Days Later $36.4m.
Bad Boys II should ease past $120m when it opens through Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) in Japan on Nov 29 on a massive 500 prints. The action sequel has grossed $119.6m to date.
CTFDI's police action thriller S.W.A.T. has a big weekend lined up. Currently on a $33.8m international running total, it opens in Australia on Nov 27 on 250 prints, Brazil on Nov 28 on 230 prints and Italy on Nov 28 on 300.
Other latest CTFDI totals are: Daddy Day Care $57m; Identity $37m; and Terminator 3 $199m.
Universal executives will be expecting American Pie: The Wedding to continue its successful run when it opens through UIP in Brazil on Nov 28 on 210 prints. The comedy sequel has grossed $118m at the international box office to date.
Intolerable Cruelty has no major openings but will look to strong holdovers in all territories to build on its $63m running total. It's the same story with Love Actually, which has grossed $24m to date.