Warner Bros' The Matrix Revolutions is expected to continue its international rampage this weekend following a record five-day global opening in 107 territories and subsequent $138.6m international gross in its first week ($138m excluding IMAX theatres).
The final episode in the Wachowski Brothers' sci-fi trilogy scored a combined $232.2m global box office in its first seven days and studio executives will be looking to pass $200m in international ticket sales this weekend.
With the film's launch out of the way, the other distributors return to the fray with a clutch of major bows. Universal's romantic comedy Love Actually gets its first international openings through UIP in Italy and Portugal on Nov 14 on 353 and 50 prints respectively.
Strong box office is anticipated if previous Working Title comedies written by Richard Curtis - who makes his directorial debut here - are anything to go by. Bridget Jones's Diary opened top in Italy in October 2001, grossing $2.1m on 265 screens in its first Oct 19-21 weekend.
The distributor will also open American Pie: The Wedding in Korea on Nov 14 on 90 prints. The comedy title has a $114.1m international running total.
Head Of State will open in Spain on Nov 14 while black comedy Intolerable Cruelty has no major bows planned but is expected to push its $48.2m running total past $50m.
Buena Vista International (BVI) opens Shanghai Knights in Japan on Nov 15. The action comedy sequel has grossed $24m at the international box office. Shanghai Noon opened in fifth place in Japan in Aug 2000 and grossed $575,581 on 16 screens by week ending Aug 11.
The horseracing drama Seabiscuit goes out in Australia and New Zealand on Nov 13 and Brazil on Nov 14 and has an $8.5m cumulative total to date through all distributors. Acclaimed children's title Holes - a big hit in the US earlier this year - opens in Spain on Nov 14.
Finding Nemo and Pirates Of The Caribbean have no major bows this weekend and have grossed $155.9m and $324m respectively in international receipts.
Fox International opens Legally Blonde 2 in Brazil on Nov 14 on 122 prints and in Japan on Nov 15 on 120. Its running total is $31.5m. Legally Blonde opened in second place in Brazil on 101 screens in November 2001, grossing $467,511 by week ending Nov 15.
Runaway Jury, still in very early stages of release, opens in Mexico on Nov 14 on 250 prints.
Fantasy-adventure The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen has taken $109.7m in all territories to date, while the romantic comedy Down With Love has been one of the distributor's weaker performers of the year and has grossed $16.5m. The horror thriller 28 Days Later is on $36m.
Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) opens the action comedy The Medallion in the UK on Nov 14 on 39 prints, which has an early international running total of $3.2m.
Other updated cumulative scores released by CTFDI are: Bad Boys II on $114.7m; Daddy Day Care on $56.1m; Identity on $35.1m; and S.W.A.T. on $32.1m.