UPI’s Fast & Furious stepped up a gear over the Easter weekend to climb to the top of the international chart, grossing $45.2m, up 47% week-on-week. It has now grossed $90.1m after two weeks on release, playing on more than 5,000 screens in 50 territories.

Fast & Furious opened in the UK for a robust $7.3m (£4.9m) from 364 screens. It also gave UPI its best-ever first day in the market, taking $3.4m (£2.4m) on April 10.

Like Tom Hanks’ Big in reverse, teen comedy 17 Again, starring Zac Efron, was the highest new entry in the chart this week, placing seventh with a gross of $6m from just two territories, the UK and Australia. Matthew Perry co-stars as a man in the midst of a midlife crisis who wakes up to find himself … 17 again. The film grossed $2.3m from 222 screens in Australia through distributor Roadshow, and $3.8m from 407 screens in the UK for Entertainment Film Distributors. 17 Again opens in a further 10 markets this weekend, including North America (see review, p22).

The second-highest entry was Toho’s Crows Zero 2 which opened in Japan. Directed by Takashi Miike, the school gang-war sequel took $5.7m from 314 screens, second only to Towa’s new Japanese release Red Cliff: Part Two, which is a re-entry in the international chart since first opening in China in January. Crows Zero 2 enjoyed the highest screen average of the week, with $18,100 a screen, almost double that of the nearest film, 17 Again ($9,600).

French comedy Bank Error In Your Favour (Erreur De La Banque En Votre Faveur) was the only other new entry in the top 20, opening in its home market through Wild Bunch Distribution. Co-directed by Michel Munz and Gerard Bitton, the film stars Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Gerard Lanvin in a timely story of a former banker who cannot secure a loan. Playing on 397 screens, Bank Error grossed $1.9m, for a screen average of $4,800.

 (Last 3-day   
 week)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr
1(2)Fast & Furious (US)$45,231,4605,054$90,177,86753
2(1)Monsters Vs Aliens (US)$24,069,0746,907$89,609,79254
3(3)Knowing (US-Aus)$13,353,7762,943$47,801,19524
4(15)Dragonball Evolution (US)$10,340,7384,600$36,867,87535
5*Red Cliff: Part II (Ch)$6,693,851729$71,755,2661
6(4)Slumdog Millionaire (UK)$6,190,3102,888$199,409,75948
7New17 Again (US)$6,047,848629$6,047,8482
8NewCrows Zero 2 (Jap)$5,671,858314$5,671,8581
9(7)Gran Torino (US)$4,564,8152,087$94,965,00741
10(19)Race To Witch Mountain (US)$4,294,9341,943$15,051,05421
11(8)Safari (Fr)$3,896,201598$9,689,6113
12(5)Taras Bulba (Rus)$3,760,978738$13,222,5052
13(6)Marley & Me (US)$3,181,5551,949$91,278,72223
14(11)Duplicity (US)$2,855,5291,389$21,119,15419
15(9)Paul Blart: Mall Cop (US)$2,531,7351,345$24,716,10016
16(13)The Boat That Rocked (UK-US-Fr)$2,492,773744$6,913,4553
17(12)Confessions Of A Shopaholic (US)$1,959,6431,397$52,329,78631
18(14)Private Eye (S Kor)$1,898,361373$5,674,4491
19NewBank Error In Your Favour (Fr)$1,888,144397$1,888,1441
20*Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (Jap)$1,771,093337$179,498,2824
21(16)The Reader (US-Ger)$1,611,1311,209$50,394,47726
22(20)La Premiere Etoile (Fr)$1,591,726351$7,963,6532
23(10)He’s Just Not That Into You (US)$1,501,150913$63,906,56319
24(18)Coco (Fr)$1,371,776662$26,554,5733
25NewAl Final Del Camino (Sp)$1,141,859229$1,510,1071
26(17)Shinjuku Incident (HK)$1,112,827249$3,897,6767
27*My Bloody Valentine 3D (US)$1,100,901226$20,936,1027
28(21)Drop (Jap)$1,090,392165$14,460,0521
29(27)The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swe-Ger)$1,059,034315$31,260,0354
30*Che (US-Sp-Fr)$940,371279$29,393,8038
31(23)Mannersache (Ger)$847,593665$15,511,1142
32(26)Gli Amici Del Bar Margherita (It)$830,888251$2,345,3801
33(49)Inkheart (US-Ger)$810,086296$39,298,08411
34NewVilla Amalia (Fr)$780,217125$780,2171
35(22)Watchmen (US)$723,566770$73,227,01634
36(24)Yatterman (Jap)$720,549309$28,405,3371
37NewSbirri (It)$710,014224$710,0141
38NewCheri (UK-Ger)$686,052153$686,0522
*Re-entry (c) Screen International, compiled by Leonard Klady