With upcoming international releases thin on the ground in the major territories this weekend, several films stand to consolidate their running totals.
The French release of international hit Johnny English is cause for interest. The comedy, which has taken $117.3m to date internationally for UIP, was unable to repeat that success in North America last weekend, when it took a disappointing $9.1m from 2,236 theatres.
France is the only international territory where Johnny English is not handled by UIP and goes out this week on 563 screens for Mars Distribution. In comparison star Rowan Atkinson's 1997 smash, Bean, took 1.3m admissions in its opening week in France from 510 screens. If Johnny English can replicate Bean's French success then it stands to net about $8m (Euro 7.5m) over the course of its debut week.
UIP will handle Australian/UK co-production Ned Kelly in New Zealand from Thursday July 24. The drama, which stars Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom, has already taken $5m in Australia for the company. There are no major openings for The Hulk this weekend.
Going into its third weekend Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines will be released by Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) on approximately 450 prints in Mexico.
The sci-fi sequel is riding high after last weekend's $18.2m international haul helped it pass $55m (including Japan, where Toho-Towa has the rights).
Elsewhere the film was due to open July 23 in Switzerland on approximately 107 prints and will bow July 25 in India on an unusually large 200 prints. The Netherlands will receive T3 on July 24, where it plays 115 screens. It also opens this weekend in Denmark.
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is not opening in any major territory this weekend.
Fox International will roll out Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde in its first major markets. The comedy opened in Germany July 24 on 550 screens, where the original film claimed an opening weekend of $2.1m (DM4.6m) from 402 screens in November 2001. Mexico launches the comedy sequel on July 25 at 200 screens and Taiwan on Saturday at 60.
Fox also has MGM's teen comedy Agent Cody Banks, which opens in the UK on July 25 on 375 screens, and horror story 28 Days Later, which is enjoying an impressive worldwide run and opens in Brazil on Saturday on 85 screens.
Meanwhile Warner Bros will launch teen comedy What A Girl Wants on 110 screens in France and 40 in The Netherlands.