While The Passion Of The Christ continued to lead the international box office over the Easter weekend (and crossed the $150m mark), it was Pathe's Two Brothers that really impressed.
The French film was released in just three territories (France, Belgium and French-speaking Switzerland) but stormed the chart with a $8.2m gross that saw it land third place in the international chart.
Jean-Jacques Arnaud's film about two tiger cubs separated at birth and put into captivity before being reunited later in life as enemies proved a hit in each country. A good start was important for the film which, behind Oliver Stone's Alexander is the most expensive French production to date at approximately Euros 60m.
The US is the next territory to open the film on June 25, through Universal. Annaud's animal-themed film The Bear grossed $31.8m in the territory in 1989. A-Film will launch it in the Netherlands either on June 24 or July 8, while Pathe Distribution has just moved its UK release forward a week to July 23.
Featuring Guy Pearce the film was released through Pathe in France, Monopole Pathe in Switzerland and Alternative Films in Belgium. Pathe handles international sales.
Continuing the animal theme Disney's Brother Bear also crossed the $150m mark at the international box office this week after adding another $5m at the weekend.
Also passing a landmark was Scary Movie 3 which crossed $100m internationally after a boost from the Spanish launch.
Less successful however was The Cat In The Hat which, like The Grinch before it, is proving less popular internationally than it did in the US where the works of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr Seuss) are better known.
The family title launched in several territories, including Germany, Spain and New Zealand, but failed to make much impact. It added 792 screens this week compared to last week but still saw a 23% drop.
Working Title's Shaun Of The Dead placed 14th off its UK/Ireland launch, while Thai hit Ong-Bak re-entered the chart at 13 after releasing in France.
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