Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines gets its final international release this upcoming weekend when it opens in Italy on Sept 19 on a massive 500 screens.

A $6.7m opening gross from 723 prints for The Matrix Reloaded and $2.3m from 300 screens for X2 gives a flavour of the kind of reception genre epics have been getting in Italy this year and Schwarzenegger's return to action should do well.

T3 had amassed $262.3m at the international box office as of Sept 14, mostly through Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) as well as Toho in Japan and Maha in Korea.

CTFDI will also unleash Bad Boys II in Australia on Sept 18 on 277 prints and in Brazil on Sept 19 on 377.

The action sequel has grossed $20.8m to date and star Will Smith enjoys a good following in the Latin American market, where Men In Black II opened top in July and grossed $2.5m in its first week.

The distributor opens its serial killer thriller Identity, currently on a $15.5m running total, in Germany on Sept 18 on 473 prints, Austria on Sept 19 on 42 and Taiwan on Sept 20 on 38.

S.W.A.T., still in its early days on a $2.6m running total, goes out in several smaller markets this weekend, chiefly Hong Kong on Sept 18 on 35 and Thailand on Sept 19 on 90.

Buena Vista International has no major openings planned for Pirates Of The Caribbean. The film had a $238.1m running total as of Sept 16 and should continue to do decent business with smaller openings and holdovers.

UIP was due to release Paramount's The Italian Job in Belgium, France and the French-speaking part of Switzerland on Sept 17, the UK on Sept 18 and Taiwan on Sept 20.

It also releases Paramount's Rugrats Go Wild in Australia and New Zealand on Sept 18.

The distributor will be hoping to make a bigger splash than Rugrats In Paris did when it opened eighth in Australia in April 2001, grossing $241,217 from 270 theatres in its first weekend.

UIP opens Star Trek: Nemesis in Korea on Sept 19 and will face a stiff challenge from Fox International's 28 Days Later, which has taken $32m internationally and goes out the same day on 60 prints.

Fox's X2, which famously launched day-and-date in 93 territories in May and has amassed $191m in international ticket sales to date, gets its final release in China on Sept 19 on an unspecified number of prints.

China opening is one of the distributor's last openings of the year in the territory, where strict distribution rules limit the number of foreign releases.

Bend It Like Beckham opens in Mexico on Sept 19 on 50 prints and Fox International will be hoping to capitalise on football's popularity in that market to score a decent bow.

Fox has limited international rights to the title, which has grossed just over $100,000 for the company in the early stages of its release and will roll out over the rest of the year. Beckham's highest grossing international territories were the UK where it grossed $18.5m (£11.6m) for Redbus Film Distribution; Australia taking $8.5m (A$12.8m); and Germany with $3.2m (Euros 2.8m).

Le Divorce opens in the UK on Sept 19 on 75 prints and also has a long way to go, while Just Married opens in Italy on Sept 19 on 14 prints.

Brown Sugar is released in France on Sept 19 on 10 and will be hoping to elevate its $935,000 cumulative score past the $1m mark.