Mission: Impossible 3 will soar past $100m this weekend as it consolidatesits grip on the international marketplace.
The action picture stood at more than $83.1m as of May 11 and Paramount and UIPexecutives know this is a key time for consolidation.
Next weekend sees the global launch of The Da Vinci Code through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI)and it's hard to see how any release will be able to compete with Ron Howard'santicipated smash.
Also set to open this weekend through UIP were Paramount's Two For The Money in Australia on May 11, followed a day later byUniversal/Gold Circle's comedy horror title Slither in Mexico and Spain.
Fox International opens The Pink Panther in Japan on May 13 and executives will be looking for a boost to thatpicture's $74.4m international running total.
The distributor is also releasing The Hills Have Eyes in 13 smaller markets including South Africa on May12. The horror remake stands at $14.2m.
Latest figures for Ice Age: The Meltdown put the animated smash at $412.5m.
Buena Vista International's (BVI) The Shaggy Dog launches in Brazil on May 12 and the comedy standsat $16.5m.
BVI executives reported that Dimension Films' Scary Movie 4 has reached $57.2m, while The Wild is on $29.4m and Eight Below has amassed $31.2m.
The SPRI team is putting the finishing touches to its Da Vinci Code day-and-date launch and lies low this weekend.
Comedy The Benchwarmers goes outin Australia on May 11 on 183 screens and When A Stranger Calls opens in the UK on May 12 on 250.
Warner Bros Pictures International's V For Vendetta stands at $57.8m and Firewall is on $32.5m including Roadshow territories.