The start of the World Cup elimination rounds, hot weather acrossmuch of Europe and a lack of new wide releases contributed to a lacklusterweekend at the international box office.
Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI)'s Poseidon led the pack with an estimated $9.9mgross from approximately 4,000 prints in 49 countries, raising the commendableinternational tally to $84.7m.
The result was powered by two impressive number one debutsas the adventure saga took $2.6m from 371 prints in Russia, and $997,100 from291 in Brazil.
In two smaller debuts, Poseidon opened number one in Turkey on $255,500from 134, and was expected to finish number one in Belgium on $399,700 from 63.After two weekends Poseidon stands at $2.8m in France and held on to top place in Argentina on$673,100.
Warner Bros/Village Roadshow's romance The Lake House opened in the UK through WBPI on 343prints and ranked second on $1.5m. The first major international debut followslast weekend's North American launch.
Sony Pictures Releasing International's The Da Vinci Code took $9m gross on 5,850 screens in 84markets to raise its international running total to $496m. Combined with the$205.5m domestic tally the picture has amassed $701.5m worldwide.
Ron Howard's adventure has seen the biggest returns in Japan,where it remained number after six weekends and added $2.4m on 764 screens for$68m. After the same amount of time it ranks number one in Germany on a $44.2mtally, fourth in the UK on $53m, and third in Spain on $31m.
The Adam Sandler comedy Click opened day-and-date with North America inAustralia and New Zealand, taking $3.4m on a total 333 screens from bothmarkets.
Click openedtop in Australia on $3m, a very strong result that produced the biggest localcurrency opening yet for a Sandler comedy on Au$4.03m, some 22% bigger than TheWaterboy's Au$3.3m in 1998. New Zealand alsogenerated a number one debut on $365,000, setting another local currency recordfor Sandler as NZD581,000 beat by 6% NZD546,000 set by Mr Deeds in 2002.
Fox International reported a $4m weekend gross for The Omen on 1,836 screens in 45 territories that raised the international cumulative totalto $55m.
Another horror remake, Alex Aja's The Hills Have Eyes, opened in the director's home countryof France and took a disappointing $290,000 on 244 screens. Overall the picturestands at $16.3m from all its markets to date.
X-Men: The Last Stand is living up to its title following a strong campaign, adding $6mon 2,897 screens in 24 territories, elevating the tally to $192m. Garfield:A Tale Of Two Kitties grossed$1m on 444 screens in four territories and stands at $3m from the early stages.
Paramount's Mission: Impossible 3 took $1m from 1,200 sites through UIP; theaction sequel has reached $205.5m with China and Japan still to come.
Over The Hedge added $5.4m from 1,358 venues in 19 territories to raise the tallyto $25.1m including South Korea, where it has taken more than $5.6m and is nothandled by UIP.
The animated release opened in second place in Australia on $3mfrom 243 sites and must have taken a fraction less than SPRI's Click, given that the one-two pecking order infavour of Click wasnot contested by UIP last night. Over The Hedge opened number two in New Zealand on$262,000 from 65.
Buena VistaInternational had not reported weekend figures at time of writing.
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