Universal's Van Helsing passed $100m at the internationalbox office on May 19 and should do more solid business this upcomingweekend, where the one to watch will be Warner Bros' Troy.
Wolfgang Petersen's star-studded epic has amassed $66m in internationalticket sales following last weekend's simultaneous release in 47 markets andexecutives can expect a big boost with a handful of key openings.
The picture opens in the UK, Italy, Korea and Russia on May 21 andJapan and Taiwan on May 22.
The global popularity of Brad Pitt - let alone other ensemble castmembers including Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom - should ensure strong bowseverywhere.
Meanwhile Van Helsing was due to open in Indonesia throughUIP on May 19 and opens in Venezuela on May 21. The picture's $101minternational running total combines UIP and non-UIP markets.
Dreamworks' Shrek 2, fresh from its record mid-week openingday in the US, goes out through UIP in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore andThailand on May 21.
Early releases in Asia are designed to thwart the pirates byexposing the picture in theatres. Openings will follow in Latin America andAustralia in June and throughout Europe in July and August.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre goes out inSpain on May 21.
Miramax's Kill Bill Vol 2 opens through Buena VistaInternational in Mexico on May 21 and executives expect a decent follow-up tothe first instalment, which opened in fourth place in November 2003 on justover $610,000 from 250 theatres.
Kill Bill Vol 2 has grossed $34.9m at the internationalbox office to date.
Touchstone's The Ladykillers gets its first major openings in Spain onMay 21 and Japan a day later. The Coen Brothers' last release in Spain, IntolerableCruelty, opened top in October last year on $2.4m from 235 theatres.