After a summer-long campaign Universal's The Hulk will be looking to break through the $100m barrier this weekend when it opens through UIP in its final major territory of Italy.
The comic book adaptation has amassed $96.3m at the international box office to date and Aug 29's Italian job is a crucial late test.
Going out on 453 prints, The Hulk is expected to do good business in a territory that can reward large action genre openings.
By way of comparison, Spider-Man went straight to number one and grossed $5.3m from 500 screens when it opened there on Jun 7 last year.
Earlier this year X2 opened top on $2.7m including previews ($1.5m without) from 287 screens over the weekend of May 2-4.
Buena Vista International (BVI) has an active weekend lined up. It launches Colin Farrell starring Intermission in Ireland on Aug 29 on 35 sites. Ireland is the first territory in which the film opens, with a UK release set for Nov 21.
This weekend also sees the Australian release of Finding Nemo for BVI and the UK bow of The Lizzie Maguire Movie.
Finding Nemo, which has an international running total of $66.7m and has just become the biggest animated release of all time in North America, was bidding to make a splash on Aug 28.
The Lizzie Maguire Movie has grossed $5.4m in international ticket sales to date and goes out in the UK on Aug 29.
A raft of smaller market releases should swell the $113m international running total of Pirates Of The Caribbean.
The family film opened in the Philippines on Aug 27 and Malaysia on Aug 28 and will open in Brazil, Finland, Norway and Sweden on Aug 29. BVI does not release advance information about print counts.
Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) will open S.W.A.T. in its first major market, Taiwan, on Aug 30 on 65 prints.
The police thriller begun its international run in Malaysia recently and has grossed $462,000 to date.
In what should be an intriguing bow, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines was due to open in China on Aug 28 on 311 prints. The sci-fi blockbuster has grossed $241m in international ticket sales so far.
Paramount's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life swings into action through UIP in Spain on Aug 29, going out on 322 prints.
The action sequel is in the early stages of its European release and currently has a $28.9m international cumulative score.
The original opened number one in Spain on Jun 22, taking $1.7m from 318 screens.
Elsewhere, Fox International has several medium-sized releases ready to go. The thriller Phone Booth was looking to boost its $38.7m international running total with a French bow on Aug 27 on 280 prints.
Executives reported an encouraging first day's business and will be hoping Colin Farrell's latest vehicle does better than The Recruit, which opened third in June this year on 241 screens and grossed $885,170 in its first week.
Agent Cody Banks opened on 103 prints in Germany on Aug 28. The family adventure is roughly two-thirds of the way through its international schedule and has been a lacklustre performer, grossing $7.3m to date.
Still in its early days, Down With Love opens in Mexico on 150 prints on Aug 29. The romantic comedy has grossed $1.7m at the international box office.
New Line International opened the crime thriller A Man Apart on a small 50 prints in Germany on Aug 28. The film has amassed $11.7m so far.
The comedy prequel Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd will open in Mexico on 80 prints on Aug 29. Its current international running total is $8.6m.