20th Century Fox International takes MGM's US hit ThePink Panther out in aslew of major territories this weekend including France, where the film is set,Germany, Australia, Norway and South Africa.
The Steve Martin-starrer whichwas a surprise family success in North America goes out on 510 prints inFrance, 550 in Germany and 244 in Australia and is looking to buildconsiderably on its $21.6m cumulative international total to date.
Fox is also opening Tristan And Isolde on 260 prints in Spain as well as inMalaysia and New Zealand, marking the first territories on the film, andOscar-winning Walk The Line in South Korea and some smaller territories as that film comes tothe end of its run. Walk The Line has so far grossed $45.2m in international.
Other major openers this weekend include Sony Pictures ReleasingInternational (SPRI)'s The Exorcism Of Emily Rose which hits Japan on 249 screens. Thehorror movie goes head to head with New Line's A History Of Violence which opens in Japan through MovieEye aswell as in Australia through Roadshow.
Paramount/UIP takes Queen Latifah comedy Last Holiday out in France, Germany, Spain and Mexicothis weekend as well as Failure To Launch in Russia day and date with the US and The Weather Man in Mexico.
BVI opened The Chronicles Of Narnia in China yesterday. The film is enjoyinga successful run in Japan where it has taken $11.5m and its gross as ofyesterday was $391m, making it a sure bet to cross the $400m threshold in thenext week or so.
BVI is also opening Tim Allen comedy remake The Shaggy Dog in Singapore day and date with itsdomestic opening.
SPRI's other openers include family adventure Zathura in Spain on 200 screens and YoursMine And Ours in itsfirst territories including Brazil (80 screens), The Philippines (40 screens).
Oscar winner Capote hit France on Wednesday on 80 screens, while Underworld:Evolution goes out thisweekend in Taiiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Denmark and Norway. So far Capote has grossed $6.1m, while Underworld:Evolution has approximately$29m from all distributors.
Among Warner Bros openings this weekend are Syriana in Sweden, Firewall in Brazil and Argentina and NorthCountry in France, TheNetherlands and Taiwan. So far Syriana has taken $19.4m, Firewall has taken $6.4m (including Roadshowterritories) and North Country has taken $5.7m.
Universal/UIP isopening Morgan Creek's Two For The Money in the UK this weekend, Pride And Prejudice in Venezuela and Nanny McPhee in Israel. Pride And Prejudice has so far taken $72.9m including Francewhere it is handled by StudioCanal and Nanny McPhee has taken $55.9m again including theStudioCanal number for France.