Scary Movie 2, the spoof sequel to last year's Scary Movie, started its international roll-out this week taking the top spot in France. First week admissions for the comedy, which is once again directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans and written by his siblings Shawn and Marlon who also star, attracted 945,404 cineastes at 681 screens for a strong average of 1,388 tickets sold per screen. This opening figure, equivalent to approximately $5.7m, was more than three times that of its nearest rival in the country for the past week, Shrek with 307,970 admissions.
The film paled next to the French opening of its predecessor however. The original Scary Movie, which opened October 25 2000 in the territory, opened to 1.4m admissions ($8.6m) from 670 sites and went on to rack up 3.76m admissions ($22.6m).
Unable to dethrone Shrek in Iceland on its opening weekend Scary Movie 2 took $42,609 from 5 screens to take second position in the chart. The film's next major bow is The Netherlands on August 9.
A late arrival in Poland, as it was in fellow Eastern European country Hungary, Hannibal scored the top spot with $338,981 from 80 screens, a strong average of $4,237. Distributed in Poland by Monolith, Ridley Scott's sequel to 1991 best picture Oscar winner The Silence Of The Lambs, has amassed more than $184m internationally and is just shy of $350m worldwide. The film, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore, is also still stalking the Hungarian chart in its seventh week, having taken $588,534 so far.
Shrek continued to prove itself a winner this week crossing the $100m mark internationally, with the animated hit now standing at over $116.5m. While in Germany local hit Der Schuh Des Manitu held the top spot in its second week and now totals $10.3m (DM 23.1m).