Buena Vista's KingArthur opened in itsfirst international markets through BVI at the weekend including Australia,where it opened top on $2.4m from 245 screens.

The self-styled realistic account of the mystical Britishlegend opened top in Singapore on a strong $397,000 on 33 and 35% market share,top in Malaysia on $324,000 from 41, and number one in the Philippines on$312,000 from 40.

It opened thirdbehind Shrek 2 and Spider-Man2 in New Zealand on$342,000 from 62. The picture, which has grossed $4m to date, goes out inJapan, South Korea, Taiwan, Sweden, Norway and Poland next weekend.