Warner Bros International's Pokemon: The First Movie had a record-breaking opening weekend in 11 international markets last weekend, grossing $14.6m and landing at number one in five markets - Germany, the UK, Spain, Israel and Finland. It also moved up to the number one position in Belgium, rising 59% from its first weekend and dropped 28% in its second weekend in France.
Pokemon, a Japanese animated movie based on characters created by Satoshi Tajiri, opened domestically on Nov 10, 1999, to an astonishing $31m gross. It went on to take $84.8m in North America. The film's international gross now totals $35.6m, according to Warner Bros president of international theatrical distribution Edward E Frumkes.
Opening before the Easter holiday throughout Europe, its grosses over the weekend were as follows: