The Incredibles and Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason joinedthe ranks of $100m international grossers last weekend, making them the 16th and 17th films topass the mark in 2004.
The latest Pixar and WorkingTitle hits join Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Shrek 2,Spider-Man 2, Troy, The Day After Tomorrow, The Passion Of The Christ, I,Robot, Van Helsing, Shark Tale, King Arthur, The Village, Something'sGotta Give, Collateral, Garfield and Fahrenheit 9/11 in thelist of films released internationally in 2004 to surpass $100m. Of these sixpassed $200m, five $300m, three $400m and one (Potter) $500m.
The Incredibles saw a $7.1m opening in Japan help its cause, althoughit had to settle for second place in the territory behind local animated hit Howl'sMoving Castle.
Bridget used launches inGermany ($4.3m) and a series of smaller territories to boost figures passed the$100m mark in its fourth week on international release.
Christmas fare The PolarExpress and Christmas With The Kranks saw multiple territoryopenings boost their positions.
The Polar Express launched across the major European territories inFrance, Italy, Spain and on a four screen (three IMAX) platform in the UK (seeseparate UK/Ireland box office story in ScreenDaily.com's World BoxOffice section) as well as a handful of other European territories, Brazil andHong Kong. Its second week holdover in Germany also played well, slipping just25% week-on-week.
Opening in the UK, Spain andAustralia, as well as five smaller territories, boosted Christmas With TheKranks by 257% in its second weekend.
Howl's Moving Castle's continued strength at the top of the Japanese charton 450 screens was joined at third place locally and at 14 on the internationalchart by the final chapter in the fifty plus year-old classic Japanese series, Godzilla:Final Wars. The film claimed $1.9m (Yen 200m) over its opening two-dayweekend in Japan from 285 screens.
French comedy Narcoslipped into 11th place off French and Swiss French-region launches,placing it just behind French police thriller 36, Quai Des Orfevres.
Other local successesincluded Spanish comedy Asombroso Mundo De Borjamari Y Pocholo whichlanded 13th on the international table with a $2m weekend grossfrom 302 screens. The film finished third on the Spanish chart behind BVItitles The Incredibles, in its second week, and fellow opener NationalTreasure.
Meanwhile making itsinternational chart debut was Team America: World Police which launchedin second place, behind National Treasure, in Australia.
Also worthy of note: TheNotebook's re-entry on the international table took the romantic drama'sinternational total to $20.6m. Combined with the North American cumulative($81m), the Nick Cassavetes sleeper has now passed $100m worldwide and is closeto outperforming the director's last film, John Q, which grossed $102.2mworldwide.
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The international table is compiled each week by LeonardKlady for Screen International.