Stellar openings in three territories saw sci-fi spoof comedy (T)RaumschiffSurprise - Periode 1 gain second place on the international chart - thehighest placing a non-Hollywood film has achieved since Screen Internationallaunched its exclusive international chart at the end of March this year.
Going out through Constantin Film in Germany and Austria the latest hitfrom Michael "Bully" Herbig broke records for highest local film opening inGermany and highest ever opening in Austria. In Switzerland, where it wasreleased by Rialto, it recorded the best ever opening for a German title andhelped the market to a 46% rise on the previous week.
(T)Raumschiff's screen average dwarfed all others in theinternational chart, where only Spider-Man 2 ranked above it. Spider-Man2 was showing in 49 more territories.
Heavy second week drops for Spider-Man 2 in territories such asSpain (-59%), Belgium (-55%) and the UK (-50%) combined with falling grosses inlonger holdover territories may limit the length of time Columbia's sequel canhold the lead.
Up-and-coming blockbusters such as I, Robot are also looking totake its mantle.
The Will Smith starring film added seven new territories this week ledby a number one debut in Australia, taking $3.3m (A$4.6m). The film should leapup the international chart again next weekend when it opes in multipleterritories in Latin America, Asia and Europe including Mexico, South Korea,Hong Kong, France and Spain.
BVI's King Arthur also did well in eight new launches, includingJapan, jumping 107% to land fifth position.
Local successes for Korea's TrueRomance and Spanish comedy Isi + Disi: Amor A Lo Bestia saw strongentries off the back of their single territory openings.
Of the summer's big hitters, Troy has just passed $350m internationally,a mark that The Day After Tomorrow and Shrek 2 are baring down on.Meanwhile Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is eyeing $500minternationally. Spider-Man 2 should reach $300m internationally nextweekend.
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