20th Century Fox scored a hit in Spain at the weekend, taking the top spot in the chart with their thriller Joy Ride. The film, which is the latest from director John Dahl, took a three-day gross of $1.1m (Euros1.2m). Playing on 230 prints the film scored a strong average of $4,612 - by far the highest of any film in the Spanish top 20.
Starring Paul Walker, Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski, Joy Ride is already Dahl's biggest success in Spain having recorded 262,011 admissions in just three days bettering Rounders' 169,018 tickets sold in 1999 and Unforgettable's 151,865 in 1996. Both distributed by Lauren Films, Rounders grossed $482,514 in total and Unforgettable $461,268.
Joy Ride has also found particular success in Belgium ($635,000), Russia ($421,000) and the United Arab Emirates ($186,000). Other international territories to have received the film so far include Norway ($157,000), Hungary ($68,000), Finland ($38,000), Iceland ($29,000), Lebanon ($25,000), Estonia ($15,000) and Romania ($13,000)
The film grossed $22m in the US late last year. It opened in France, where it is distributed by UFD, on April 10 and a release in Egypt follows on April 17. Fox opens the film in the UK, re-branded as Road Kill, on April 26.