Family titles Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and Shrek 2 continued to reign internationally this week.
Shrek 2 may haveexpanded its run into France and a handful of territories but HarryPotter's Japanese launch easily kept PrisonerOf Azkaban at the top of the internationalchart.
Both Potter and 20thCentury Fox's The Day After Tomorrowpassed the $300m mark internationally over the weekend joining Troy, the only title to have previously achieved the markthis year.
Notably while four (Potter, Shrek 2, The Day AfterTomorrow and Troy) of the five US summer blockbusters released so farthis year continue to make up the top four positions, the fifth, VanHelsing, is now nowhere to be seen. Thisweek saw the film, which has grossed just north of $140m internationally, slipoff the top 30 chart. The film will inevitably return, however, when itlaunches in Japan on Sep 4. Gaga Communications and Humax Pictures will handlethe film in Japan, one of the few territories where UIP will not distribute.
It was a strong weekend for Korean titles led by theJapanese launch of drama TaeGukGi (Brotherhood). The film, which has already earned a massive $55m from its SouthKorean run earlier this year, re-entered the international chart at ninth placeafter a $1.65m opening in Japan.
Meanwhile three further titles, new releases SomeoneSpecial and A Wacky Switch and holdover Dead Friend, were strong enough off Korea only playdates to earnplaces in the international top 30.
Debuts in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel and Croatiadoubled the international screen count of UIP teen comedy Mean Girls. The film saw a particularly good opening inAustralia where it garnered a $7,000 screen average as well as performing wellin its second week in the UK - slipping just 29% from its opening weekdespite the heavyweight Shrek 2previewing to the tune of $10m in the territory.
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