WillSmith comedy Hitch ended Meet The Fockers' five week run at thetop of the international chart thanks to 19 territory launches includingGermany, Spain and Australia (see link below for full chart).
Mostcountries awarded Hitch with number one positions except for Spain, where rivalopener Hide And Seek slipped in ahead with an extra 14,000 admissionsdespite playing at 48 fewer screens.
Theweekend also saw two foreign language films making a major impact on the chart:Japanese WWII drama Lorelei: The Witch Of The Pacific Ocean and hitRussian title Turkish Gambit.
Thehighest new opener was Toho's Lorelei which beat out competitionfrom Shark Tale and fellow local opener Toei's One Piece 6 to topthe Japanese chart and finally dethrone The Phantom Of The Opera after afive week reign.
At128 minutes Lorelei tells the story of a World War II submarine carryinga secret weapon attempting to thwart a third atomic bombing of Japan and isbased on Harutoshi Fukui's novel Shuusen no Lorelei. Attention for the filmis high with memorabilia ranging from branded keyrings, posters and t-shirts tomodel submarines and branded cigarette lighters for sale through the film'splush official site. It is directed by Shinji Higuchi.
Afterthe phenomenal record breaking success of last year's Night Watchanother Russian title is making waves again on the international table. TurkishGambit (Turetskii Gambit) played well in its second weekend. Figures wereunavailable from the territory last week when it would have ranked 11th on the chart.
Basedon the novel by Boris Akunin, who adapted it for the film, it follows aprogressive young woman on her way to meet her fiance at the frontline of theRusso-Turkish war (1877-78) who crosses paths with a man returning from Turkishcaptivity when he rescues her from trouble.The film's ten day totals already put the film at $9.3m. This puts TurkishGambit on course to surpass Night Watch which had earned $7.7m inthe same period, although last year's hit played at some 80 less screens duringthe period.
NightWatch finished on over $16m and remains the highestgrossing film of all time in the territory ahead of The Lord Of The Rings:The Return Of The King ($14m) and Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines($12.4m). It will be released through 20th Century Fox in all major European territoriesin early summer with the UK set for June 3.
UKlaunches for Hotel Rwanda (which went out wide following a 17 screenplatform ion London's West End) and horror title Boogeyman throughEntertainment Film Distributors and UIP respectively helped these titles maketheir international chart debuts.
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The international table is compiled each week by LeonardKlady for Screen International.