Spider-Man 2 smashed through $100m during its secondinternational weekend as it grossed an estimated $53m on 6,754 screens in 50territories for a $115.7m running total.
The arachnid spun superbopenings through Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) inJapan, Germany and Scandinavia and enjoyed several strong holds including aremarkable performance in Brazil.
It opened in Japan on $12.6mon 700 screens for the 11th biggest opening ever. The result was 15% betterthan the original and established a firm foundation for an eventual $100m grossas schools prepare to break up for holidays until the end of August.
Spider-Man 2 grossed $9.4m on 1,164 in Germany, where schools arein recess until the end of August, and $1.8m on 118 in Sweden.
In other parts ofScandinavia, the picture exceeded Spider-Man - by 80% in Denmark as it grossed $1.4m on 97 forthe ninth biggest ever bow, while Norway produced $1.4m on 84 and the sixthbiggest ever bow. Finland yielded $610,000 on 50 in the biggest opening of theyear there.
Elsewhere, Greece produced$1.3m on 85 for the fifth biggest ever bow, Switzerland produced $1.6m on 133for the ninth biggest ever opening, and South Africa yielded $845,000 on 102for the second biggest ever three-day bow.
Strong holds played asignificant role in this weekend's story. Spider-Man 2 scored the biggest ever second weekend of all time inBrazil on $2.5m for a superb $7.7m cumulative score.
If estimates hold up thiswill also be the second biggest weekend of all time in local currency in theterritory, behind last weekend's opening.
CTFDI executives said hugesupport for the Spider-Man brandand the widest ever release are key factors in Brazil's performance.
Australia raised its totalby $3.2m to $11.5m after a 36% drop, while South Korea fell 32% on $2.7m for$10.2m.
Spider-Man 2 has already passed the lifetime gross of theoriginal in local currency in Russia (after six days), the Philippines (sevendays) and Thailand (11 days). It opens next weekend in the UK, France andSpain.