International weekend preview: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opens in just one new territory for its second weekend, but with little new competition arriving in the international marketplace the Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer sequel is assured of another round of impressive grosses.
Distributor Buena Vista International (BVI), which opened the third Pirates film in 102 territories last week, said the international total for At World's End had reached $291.5m (85% of the lifetime international take for the first Pirates film) by the end of Wednesday. The global total was at $462.3m.
Pirates 3 opens on Friday (June 1) in India and then has just one more significant territory - China - to go.
BVI's latest tallies for the film in major territories are: $43.6m in the UK, $28m in Germany, $24m in France, $22.6m in Japan, $20.7m in Korea, $18.6m in Russia, $15.5m in Spain, $12.2m in Australia, and $12m each in Mexico and Italy.
Spider-Man 3, the nearest rival for At World's End in the international arena, has no new openings this weekend. Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) said the film's international total had reached $510m by the end of Wednesday.
Other distributors are mostly letting At World's End run its course this weekend, though there are a few new openings in territories such as Mexico, Brazil and Japan.
Fox International opens 28 Weeks Later in three new markets. The zombie thriller hits Russia (with 150 prints) on Thursday (May 31), then Mexico (300 prints) and Brazil (64 prints) on Friday. The sequel to 28 Days Later has so far amassed $14m from the international marketplace.
Fox is also launching two films nearing the ends of their international runs in Japan on Saturday (June 2). Notes On A Scandal (with $30.4m from international to date) opens with 23 prints and Epic Movie (with $46m in the bank from international) with just three.
Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) opens Zodiac in two of the same territories as 28 Weeks Later.
The David Fincher thriller arrives in Germany (with 150 prints) and Holland on Thursday, and in Mexico (with 150 prints) and Brazil (with 60 prints) on Friday (June 1).
The film's international total as of Tuesday (May 29) was $17.9m.
Shrek The Third, from Paramount Pictures International (PPI) and DreamWorks Animation, arrives at 30 locations in India on Friday and opens in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand the day before. With its entry into major markets still to come, the sequel has so far taken $23.5m from a handful of smaller international territories.
PPI opens Shooter at 213 locations in Japan on Friday, looking to bump up the action thriller's international total to date of $42.9m.
The distributor's Black Snake Moan slithered into France (with 20 prints) and Belgium on Wednesday (May 30), the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, and Spain (with eight prints) on Friday. The film has so far grossed $192,813 internationally.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) launches Accepted in Germany on Thursday and The Hitcher in the UK on Friday. Mr Bean's Holiday, which had taken in $170.3m internationally up to May 27, opens in Taiwan on Saturday (June 2).
Other openings this weekend include SPRI's Ghost Rider (international total to date $109m) with 350 prints in China; Fox's The Namesake (international total to date $4m) with 50 prints in Italy on Friday; the same distributor's Deck The Halls (international total to date $11.9m) with 60 prints in France, its last major market; and PPI's Blades of Glory, which opens in Egypt and Lebanon and has now reached $16.3m internationally.