Fox International's Ice Age 2: The Meltdown is closing in on $100m as it prepares toopen in 20 territories heading into its second weekend.
The animated sequel has amassed more than $64.2m by Thursday andis now opening in France on Apr 5, Australia and Germany on Apr 6, and the UKon Apr 7.
The picture has already taken more than $6.2m in previews in theUK and Fox International executives will be looking to emulate the original's$4.3m paid opening on 423 screens back in spring 2002.
By way of comparison, Ice Age opened on $7.6m on 794 screens inGermany, generated $3.2m in its first week on 651 screens in France, and took$1.3m from 298 theatres in Australia. Openings in South Korea and Japan are setto follow on Apr 20 and 22.
Other Fox titles currently on release include Big Momma's House2 which has grossed$60.2m, Date Movie whichis on $24m, and The Hills have Eyes on more than $9.9m.
C2's Basic Instinct 2 stood at $11.2m as of Apr 3 through various distributors and nowlaunches in Taiwan on 65 prints on Apr 8 as well as a number of smallerEuropean markets.
These include Belgium on 63 prints, Portugal on 45 and Hungary on25 on Apr 6, as well as Finland on 20 on the same day.
Universal's thriller Inside Man is doing a tidy business in themarketplace and currently stands at $25.9m through UIP. It opens this weekendin Argentina on Apr 6 and Italy a day later.
Children's tale Nanny McPhee launches in Spain and Mexico on Apr 7 and is looking tobuild on its $63.1m gross to date including France, where UIP does not haverights.
Paramount's romantic comedy Failure To Launch, which currently stands at $14.9m, takes off in SouthKorea on Apr 7.
Warner Bros Pictures International's V For Vendetta opens in Spain and Brazil on Apr 7.
The cumulative total as of Apr 3 stood at a lacklustre$18.9m although the action thriller has high profile launches in France andJapan later in the month.
Warner has two more thrillers in play. Firewall has grossed $14.9m and executives will belooking for a boost when it opens in France on Apr 5. Syriana stands at $32.8m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) has anassortment of titles doing the rounds.
Memoirs of A Geisha, which SPRI licensed in numerous territories from Spyglass, haspassed $100m through all distributors and opens in its final market of theNetherlands on Apr 7.
The Producers goes out in Japan on 250 prints on Apr 8 and will be looking toexpand on its $10.3m take through all distributors to date.
Family comedy Yours, Mine And Ours launches in Argentina on Apr 6 and Mexicoand day later. It stands at $4.7m.
Latest figures put the comedy remake Fun With Dick And Jane on $89.1m, horror title Hostel on $19.5m, and action sequel Underworld:Evolution on $42.8mthrough all distributors. Capote has amassed $15.3m to date.
Buena Vista International's weekend slate includes debuts for EightBelow in South Korea andTaiwan on Apr 7. The adventure has grossed $7.9m.
Casanova,which has amassed $24.1m so far, goes out in Argentina on Apr 6, while the naval academy drama Annapolisgets its firstinternational launch when it goes out in Mexico on Apr 7.
Family titles The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch AndThe Wardrobe and ChickenLittle stand at $437.2mand $177.4m respectively.
New LineInternational's The New World is set to launch in Mexico on Apr 7; it has taken $13.5m to date.