With no major openings this weekend, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines will again be the one to watch as it prepares to pass $200m in international ticket sales.
The sci-fi sequel has been the dominant performer since its campaign began on Jul 2 and has an international running total of $194m from all Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) territories and a handful of others in Japan and Korea.
Following last weekend's superb $8m opening in France T3 is expected to hold well in major markets and should pass the box office milestone with ease. It also has the distinction of opening number one in every international market to date.
CTFDI has a varied release slate for the weekend. First up is the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care in Germany on Aug 14 on approximately 700 prints, and the same day in Austria on 80.
Murphy's Dr Dolittle 2 opened in second place on $2.1m over a four-day weekend in Germany in Aug 2001.
Elsewhere Tears Of The Sun will open in Australia on Aug 14 on 155 prints; Hollywood Homicide in Mexico on Aug 15 on 250 prints and, in its first international release, the US number one film S.W.A.T. goes out in Malaysia on Aug 14 on 40 prints.
UIP will open American Pie: The Wedding for Universal in the UK on Aug 15 on 600 prints in what should be a strong European debut for the comedy following a near-$700,000 haul from previews on Aug 10.
When American Pie 2 opened in Oct 2001 it grossed $8.9m from 420 sites including $1.2m in previews. To date American Pie: The Wedding has grossed $3.4m in Australia.
UIP is opening Paramount's police thriller Narc in its last territory Australia on Aug 14 on 25 prints, following openings in the UK, Japan and New Zealand earlier in the year.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life was due to open in Sweden on Aug 13 on 60 screens and Portugal on 65, Norway on Aug 15 on 70 and Taiwan on Aug 16 on 86. The action sequel has a $8.9m gross to date. UIP will also distribute this weekend in Indonesia, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, Finland and Panama. The action sequel has grossed $8.9m for UIP to date. It also opens in Germany through Concorde, its first international release not handled by UIP
At time of writing Buena Vista International was due to open Pirates Of The Caribbean in France on Aug 13, as well as Belgium and Venezuela the same day and Spain and Holland on Aug 14.
When BVI opened Shanghai Knights in France in July it grossed $486,326 in its first week. Pirates will be hoping to fare better than that in the family arena and currently has an international running total of $37m
BVI will also open Bruce Almighty in Argentina on Aug 14 and will be looking to build on the comedy's $166m cumulative international score.
Finding Nemo, which to date has grossed $58m, was due to open in the Philippines on Aug 13.
Fox International will roll out 28 Days Later in Mexico on Aug 15 on 150 prints. Its cumulative international total is $26.1m.
The distributor will also release The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen in its first wave of territories, starting with The Philippines on Aug 13 on 50 prints; Singapore on Aug 14 on 44 prints and South Korea the same day on 140 prints.
Down With Love will open in its first big market when it goes out in Australia on Aug 14 on 180 prints, followed by Thailand on Aug 15 on 31. The comedy Like Mike opens in Italy on Aug 14 on 10 prints.