The summer season may be coming to an end in most markets but it’s put Hollywood in a good position to set a record year at the international box office.
There are no wide releases this weekend as the studios clear the decks of summer fare, although the approximate $7bn combined studio tally since the start of the year will have caused plenty of good cheer.
- Universal/UPI’s Inglourious Basterds will look to retain its box office crown through solid holds and has already reached $68.3m as Quentin Tarantino’s adventure story prepares to land in Argentina.
- District 9 should earn a significant boost this weekend when the sci-fi action tale opens in the UK through Sony Pictures Releasing International on September 4. The film has grossed $18.3m far through all distributors.
- Meanwhile, drama Julie & Julia begins its international roll-out, starting in Germany and German-speaking Switzerland on September 3 and Austria the following day.
- The Taking Of Pelham 123 on $40.9m opens in Russia, Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong this weekend, while romantic comedy The Ugly Truth on $22.9m arrives in Mexico on September 4.
- Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans gets its final release this weekend in South Korea, long after the fantasy saga opened everywhere else.
- Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Princehas amassed $614.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International and comedy hit The Hangover stands at $162.5m.
- Fox International’s Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs has amassed more than $636.2m and should cross $650m before long.
- Aliens In The Attic on gets two major launches in Australia and Greece on September 3 and has taken $15.9m so far. The romantic comedy hit 500 Days of Summer opens in the UK on September 4.
- Paramount/PPI’s Renee Zellweger thriller Case 39 September 3 launches in Russia and the Ukraine. Dance Flick on an early $2.5m arrives in Germany and Singapore on September 3.
- The Soloist opens in three markets including Australia, New Zealand and Greece on September 3, while Judd Apatow’s comedy Funny People on $4.3m opens in three including Spain on September 4.