With much of the world busy preparing for Christmasfestivities there are only scattered international openings for US studio filmsthis weekend. South Korea, Italy and Germany get most of the action.
Fox International's Night At The Museum is the solestudio film getting its first major-territory launch. A day before its releasein the US, the effects-heavy family comedy starring Ben Stiller opens onThursday, Dec 21 in Korea, with 300 prints in the market.
Last weekend's top four international performers, meanwhile,extend their rollouts incrementally over the Christmas run-up.
Fox International's Eragon, which made a solidinternational start last weekend, opened on Wednesday, Dec 20 in France, with850 prints, and launches in Italy, with 500 prints, on Friday, Dec 22. Thefantasy adventure arrives in Brazil, with 350 prints, on Monday, Dec 25. As ofWednesday, the film's international total stood at $36m.
James Bond juggernaut Casino Royale, from SonyPictures Releasing International (SPRI), hits Korea on Thursday, Dec 21,looking to further increase its spectacular international haul to date of$279.9m.
Universal's The Holiday, distributed by UIP, openswith 140 prints in Brazil on Dec 22 and arrives in Australia, with 250 prints,on Tuesday, Dec 26. The romantic comedy's cumulative international take stoodat $33.9m as of Dec 20.
Warner Bros International's Happy Feet opens inRussia on Dec 21 and in Korea on Dec 22. Australia gets the animated hit -whose international total as of Dec 18 was $43.7m -- on Dec 26.
UIP's other new launches are Paramount and DreamWorks' FlushedAway, which sluices into Australia on Dec 21 and Italy on Dec 22, andParamount and Walden Media's Charlotte's Web, which spins into Japan onDec 23. The animated Flushed Away had grossed $51.3m internationally byDec 20. Live action Charlotte's Web had reached $3.4m.
Warner's Flags Of Our Fathers, with a $21.4minternational total as of Dec 18, lands in the UK on Dec 22, and the studio's ThePrestige, with $22.4m by Dec 18, appears in Italy on the same day.
With grosses of $27.2m outside the US to date, FoxInternational's Little Miss Sunshine arrives in some of its last majorterritories. It opened with five prints in Korea on Dec 21 and reaches Japan,with 35 prints, on Dec 23.
Fox's Flicka opened with seven prints in Germany onDec 21 and the studio releases Babel (which it has for just one market) with 38prints in Taiwan on Dec 23.
Fox's The Devil Wears Prada has now reached $192.6minternationally, while Borat has got to $109.6m.
SPRI opens three other films in international territoriesthis weekend. All The Kings Men (international total $853,656) opens inItaly on Dec 22; The Covenant (international total $7.7m) hits Germanyon Dec 21 and Spain on Dec 22; and Zoom (international total $438,707)gets a UK release on Dec 22.
SPRI's international holdovers include Open Season,with $90.8 outside the US to date; Marie Antoinette, with $15.8m; and StrangerThan Fiction, with $1.8m.