Pixar's The Incredibles should still be the one to beat this weekend as Buena VistaInternational (BVI) releases the animated hit in Germany on Dec 9 and SouthAfrica a day later.
The picture has already amassed $110m from its short run and isexpected to prosper in both markets and a host of smaller territories, bearingin mind Pixar's impressive track record.
By way of comparison, Finding Nemo opened top in Germany on $16.3m on 1,004theatres in November 2003, while South Africa produced first place and $924,280in 102 venues around the same time.
BVI executives were also expecting strong business for the actionadventure National Treasure, which has grossed $18m to date and goes out in Italy and Spainon Dec 10.
Warner Bros Pictures International will open The Polar Express in the UK on Dec 9 and Taiwan a daylater. The animated picture, which boasts a number of voice parts by Tom Hanks,has taken $27.2m from its short run to date.
Warner's caper sequel Ocean's Twelve is scheduled to open in Australia on Dec9 through Village Roadshow.
Universal/Working Titles's Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason goes out through Mars in France on Dec 8,with UIP set to release the romantic comedy sequel in South Korea on Dec 9. Bridgethas grossed $112.7mthrough all distributors to date.
UIP will also release Focus Features' Seed Of Chucky in Spain on Dec 10, while DreamWorks' SurvivingChristmas opens inBrazil on the same day and Paramount's thriller remake The ManchurianCandidate goes out inTaiwan on Dec 11.
Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) opens Closer in Italy on Dec 10 on 230 prints, itsfirst international debut following a very strong limited debut in the US lastweekend.
The action sequel Anacondas opens in Germany on Dec 9 on 300 prints and had grossed$30.2m as of Dec 5.
The Revolution/Sony comedy Christmas With The Kranks goes out in Mexico on Dec 10 on 300,having grossed $5.1m so far, while Bad Santa launches in Spain on Dec 10 on 200,having taken $10.9m to date.
FoxInternational has no significant releases planned for the weekend. Executivesreleased latest international cumulative totals for several titles, including Dodgeballon $52m, The GirlNext Door on $14.2m, ManOn Fire on $39.6m and Taxion $9.9m.