Now that the World Cup is over, Hollywood's overseas distributors arelooking to dominate the entertainment arena once again this weekend with widereleases for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Superman Returns.
Pirates 2stands at $66.4m after barely one week in release in seven territories andBuena Vista International (BVI) executives anticipate a slew of number oneopenings as the adventure yarn sets sail in 28 territories.
The highlights should be the Philippines and Sweden on Jul 12,followed a day later by Russia, Singapore and the Netherlands.
Meanwhile Cars, which stands at $70m, opens in Hong Kong on Jul 13 and SouthAfrica on Jul 14.
Warner Bros Pictures International's Superman Returns is expected to fly high this weekendwith a string of major releases.
The Man of Steel was preparing for take-off in France, Spain andBelgium on Jul 12, followed by the UK, Mexico and Brazil on Jul 14. It stood atmore than $35.8m through the end of Jul 9.
Poseidon hadamassed more than $102.1m through Jul 9 and was set to open in Germany, thehome country of its director Wolfgang Petersen, on Jul 12.
Universal's The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift stands at $33.6m so far and UIPexecutives will be seeking to build on that when the action sequel roars out ofthe blocks in Germany on Jul 13 and Italy a day later.
The animated feature Over The Hedge has amassed more than $67.3m followinglast weekend's impressive performance and should maintain momentum throughstrong holds and the Taiwan debut on Jul 14. The tally includes South Korea,where the picture is not handled by UIP.
Sony Picture Releasing International (SPRI) was preparing to openthe comedy Little Manin its first international market of Australia on Jul 13, day-and-date with theNorth American launch.
Latest figures put The Da Vinci Code on $515.1m, while comedies RV and Click have grossed $10m and $9.3mrespectively, and Silent Hill has taken $30.3m through all distributors.
Horror title When A Stranger Calls pays a visit to South Korea on Jul 14and China a day later, while thriller Freedomland opens in Italy on Jul 14.
Fox International opens Cheaper By The Dozen 2 in Italy on Jul 14 and the comedy sequel stands at $46.1m. The Family Stone opens in Japan on Jul 15 and has amassed $31.8m to date.
Latest figures issued by New Line International put Final Destination 3 on $55m and Take The Lead on$25.6m.