Wesley Snipes latest film Undisputed received its debut this week in Spain, four months prior to its US launch. However, just how the film will perform internationally is hard to gauge as despite achieving a second-placed chart position in Spain, behind Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones, the figures do not necessarily paint as positive a picture.
With a weekend gross of $365,253 (Euros 390,821) from 207 screens, the Filmax-distributed title managed only a so-so average of $1,765 per screen. This pales in comparison to the $2,757 average of fellow opener The Last Castle, distributed by UIP and starring Robert Redford, or that of fourth-placed Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (which dropped off just 3% from its opening weekend last week), which showed an average of $3,500 for Sherlock. Both films were on a more limited release (65 and 52 screens respectively).
Of course Snipes has been on a career high at the international box office in recent years with the success of Blade ($61.1m) - his most successful starring role internationally - and its sequel ($41.2m so far) which have taken more than $100m between them. Snipes biggest non-Blade international hit was 1998's US Marshals ($45m). However 2000's The Art Of War showed that the Snipes name alone cannot carry a film to success.
Undisputed, which is directed by Walter Hill and co-stars Ving Rhames, is a drama in which Rhames' heavyweight boxing champion is sent to prison for rape where he becomes involved in a bout with 'undisputed' prison champ Snipes. It opens for Steward in France on July 17 and in the US, for Miramax, on Oct 18 after being put back from March.