Continuingto follow in the career footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger, action star VinDiesel has made the successful transition to comedy with BVI's The Pacifiertaking the number one spot on the international chart.
The film opened top in Germany, Austria, Switzerland,Hong Kong and Malaysia this week, held the lead in Australia in its fourth weekwith a 16% week-on-week rise and slipped only 17% to second in Spain.
Thefamily comedy recently passed $100m in North America and will hope to match thesuccess of Schwarzenegger's similarly themed Kindergarten Cop whichgrossed $110.5m internationally. This represented 55% of worldwide grosses.
Beating ThePacifier in Spain was UIP's The Interpreter which saw chart leadingdebuts in Spain, the UK, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Norway, Hungary and Finlandas well as strong launches in other territories including Australia. TheWorking Title produced film came in at second place on the international chart.The thriller launches in North America on Friday (Apr 22).
Frenchcomedy Brice de Nice remained the strongest non-US film on the table,achieving fifth place. It held the lead in France ahead of new releases MonPetit Doigt M'a Dit and French-South African-UK co-production Man To Man,both of which also feature on the international chart.
Thehighest new entry amongst non-US titles - in 17th place - was thelatest in the popular Japanese anime series Crayon Shinchan 13. The newfilm launched through Toho in Japan to take $2.04m over the weekend. The filmseries is based on the best-selling Manga series from Yoshito Usui and itssubsequent top-rated television series about the misadventures of a cheekyfive-year-old, Shinchan, a character who has been described as the Bart Simpsonof Japan.
Thelaunch was not enough to beat Toho stablemate Detective Conan: StrategyAbove Depths, itself the latest in a massively successful series. That filmslipped just 21% over its second weekend, although its higher screen countmeant Crayon Shinchan 13 boasted the stronger screen average.
See ScreenDaily.com's InternationalBox Office section for full chart.
The international table is compiled each week by LeonardKlady for Screen International.