New moves internationally are largely quiet this week as Harry Potter continues his worldwide domination for Warner Bros International - building on the record international opening weekend of $236m.
As of Thursday evening, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince has tallyed $312.4m internationally for Warner. The new expansions this week are into Puerto Rico and Argentina, plus minor territories such as Croatia, Hungary, Lebanon and Bulgaria. The only major territory left to open will be Greece on August 25.
Fox International has animated hit Ice Age 3 standing at $458m internationally (already ahead of Ice Age 2) as it heads into another major territory, Japan, on July 25. Fox will also expand I Love You, Beth Cooper into South Africa; Miss March into France; Night At The Museum 2 into India; The Secret Life Of Bees into Venezuela; and Taken into Hong Kong.
Michael Mann’s Johnny Depp-starring Public Enemies, which had an international cume of more than $26.5m going into the weekend, will move into a slew of new territories for Universal Pictures International. Launches will include 300+ screens in Russia, 200 in Brazil, 50 in Ukraine, 60 in Sweden, 50 in Norway and other moves into the Asia Pacific region (Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia); the John Dillinger biopic will also shoot its way this week into Belgium, Panama, and the United Arab Emirates.
Also, Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits Of Control will open in Australia and UPI’s Fighting starring Channing Tatum moves into Bulgaria, East Africa, Finland, Iceland, and South Africa. The Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy The Proposal, already a hit in the US, moved into the romcom-friendly UK market as of July 22; its international cume for Disney ahead of the weekend was $52.9m. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International will let the guinea pigs of G-Force burrow into Chile; Up will open in Israel; and The Jonas Brothers Movie ready to rock Italy as of July 24.
Paramount Pictures International will expand horror project The Uninvited into Mexico on July 24, the same day Wandering Heart hits Brazil for Paramount Pictures Brasil. The latter is a film about musician Caetano Veloso, something of a national hero in Brazil. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen has now crossed the $400m mark and stands at $414m internationally going into the weekend.
Mandate International estimates that Sacha Baron Cohen-starring Bruno could pull in $1.8m this weekend from its international territories, which include new markets Lithuania, CIS and French- speaking Switzerland. That would bring Mandate’s territories to $9.4m cume.
Meanwhile, Bruno has crossed $40m as of Thursday in its Universal territories and Sony Pictures Releasing International opened it Wednesday in France.
SPRI also has Paul Blart: Mall Cop moving into Russia, Jack Black-starring Year One in Finland, and The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 in Spain and some smaller territories.