The eightweek reign of The Passion Of The Christ ended this week as theinternational marketplace bowed to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2.
The secondpart in the director's genre epic saw a raft of number one positions - with fewexceptions - after opening in 20 territories for a $17.7m weekend. It has taken$18.3m, including previews.
The UK ledthe way accounting for $4.9m (£2.8m) alone. The territory provided $20m(£11.6m) of Vol. 1's $109.5m international total gross.
MeanwhileColumbia's 50 First Dates got a boost from four new territory releasesincluding Spain and Germany.
In Spain,with no Kill Bill sequel to contend with, the Adam Sandler/DrewBarrymore comedy ranked first with a $967,044 (Euros 817,800) launch weekend.This was 34% higher than the star pair's previous collaboration, 1998's TheWedding Singer, although that film opened on 105 screens compared to Dates288.
Germanyplaced 50 First Dates second to Vol. 2. The comedy sold 336,000tickets compared to Bill's 381,000.
VertigoFilms in Spain saw a so-so opening for French title The Crimson Rivers 2:Angels Of The Apocalypse (see Spanish chart) but it still helped the filmregain an international chart position. The film rose 62% on its previous weekwhen it was ranked off the chart at 34.
LocalAustralian comedy Strange Bedfellows, starring Paul Hogan and PetePostlethwaite, made the chart after its strong bow down under for BeckerEntertainment. Eden Rock Media handles international sales on the film.
Five newterritories, including Argentina, Italy and Spain, launched horror remake DawnOf The Dead boosting the film nine places and 57% this week.