MeetThe Fockers easily retained the international box officelead at the weekend, thanks to strong holdovers including the UK and six newterritory launches led by Spain's $4.7m (Euro 3.6m).
Otherlaunches came in Sweden, Denmark and Taiwan (all $0.4m), Israel ($0.3m) andCroatia ($43,000). The UK has given the film a phenomenal $29.2m (£15.5m) inits first ten days on release, already the biggest territory for the comedyahead of Australia's $24.9m (A$32.3m) where it is in its seventh week.
Thecomedy sequel's roll-out continues this weekend with The Netherlands on Feb 10and then Italy, Greece, Norway, Poland and Turkey on Feb 11. Fockers isalready well on the way to beating 2000 original, Meet The Parents,which grossed $164.2m from international markets.
Anotherhigh profile all-star cast sequel nipped at its heels, however, as Ocean'sTwelve launched in the UK (finishing second behind Fockers) andTurkey (taking pole position). These two territories marked the end of thefilm's international roll-out which fittingly passed the $200m at the weekend.
Thesequel will not reach the levels of 2001's Ocean's Eleven ($267.3minternational gross) although the domestic/international split is strongerinternationally this time around (38% domestic/62% international compared tothe 41%/59% split of the first film).
Frenchcomedy Espace Detente proved the highest new opener led by a top rankingin France for distributor ARP Selection. The film sold over 701,000 ticketsfrom 568 screens during its first full week in the territory. It also launchedin Belgium through UIP and French-speaking Switzerland through Pathe.
Twoother French productions also launched onto the table. L'Ex-Femme De Ma Vie,a remake of a 1989 French TV-movie, launched through Warner Bros in France, JMHin Switzerland and Cineart in Belgium. Written and directed by Josiane Balasko(who also stars) it stars Thierry Lhermitte (who starred in the 1989 version)and Karin Viard. The first full week in France brought in 371,000 admissionsfrom 368 screens where the film finished third.
EuropaCorp'sUnleashed, released as Danny The Dog in France, took fourth placein the country with 350,000 admissions from 480 screens over the full week. TheEnglish-language film stars Jet Li, Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins.
FindingNeverland's leap up the international table was led by apole position in Italy where the film opened to $2.1m (Euro1.6m).
Elsewherein the chart a strong second weekend at the top of the Japanese chart, where itslipped just 22%, saw The Phantom Of The Opera's international gross hit$70m but more importantly took the film past $100m worldwide. It now stands at$113.2m. After nine days on release Japan ($10.1m) is already the third highestinternational territory for the musical following the UK ($17m) and South Korea($11.6m).
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The international table is compiled each week by LeonardKlady for Screen International.