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In a see-saw contest with "Mr. Bean's Holiday," Warner Bros. International's super-violent "300" tipped back into the No. 1 spot internationally this Easter weekend, grossing an estimated $32 million from 6,500 screens in 61 markets, hiking its overseas total to $173 million.

"300" bested "Holiday" -- reclaiming the No. 1 position it held two weekends ago -- on the strength of huge results from several territories including Germany, where the Zack Snyder-directed epic about Spartan soldiers at the battle of Thermopylae opened to an estimated $6.3 million (including sneak previews).

In Australia, the weekend tally was an estimated $4.6 million from 337 screens that, according to WBI, "marks the industry's biggest April opening weekend of all time."

Third stanza weekends for "300" in key holdover markets included Spain (an estimated $2.4 million from 543 sites for a market total of $16 million); the U.K. ($1.98 million from 382 situations for a cume of $23.2 million); Italy ($1.3 million from 470 situations for a cume of $12.1 million); and France ($1.2 million from 464 screens for a cume of $10.8 million).

British comedian Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean blundered into the No. 2 spot with an estimated $30.1 million from 4,294 screens in 44 territories.

The latest in the comedy series takes the mishap-prone title character from London to the French Riviera, including the Festival de Cannes, finishing first in 10 of the 18 new territories it played while nailing down the top spots in such key holdover markets as the U.K. and Spain.

In its three weekends in release (the film bowed in Singapore and Malaysia in its first overseas weekend), "Holiday" has grossed $86.7 million. Distributor Universal International noted that today is a holiday in many countries "and we expect big results that day," pushing "Holiday" to the $100 million mark internationally by Tuesday.

Most notable among the new markets is Italy, where "Holiday" grabbed the top spot with an estimated $2.7 million from 339 screens or nearly $8,000 per screen and a 25% market share, Universal's biggest market opening weekend of the year.

In Mexico, it opened at No. 5 with an estimated $1.1 million from 275 locations, surpassing the entire market take of 1997's "Bean." In Brazil, "Holiday" bowed at No. 2 with $800,000 from 140 sites, behind "300" but 30% ahead of the opening of "Meet the Robinsons."

In the all-important U.K. market, "Holiday" ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive weekend with an estimated $5.7 million from 512 screens, collecting a hearty $11,133 per-screen average; the film's 10-day total stands at $27.4 million. In Spain, "Holiday" grabbed the top spot from "300" with an estimated $2.3 million from 280 sites for a 10-day total of $6.3 million.

In Australia, the second weekend take was an estimated $2.6 million from 257 locations, enough for a No. 2 market ranking and an 11-day cume of $6.9 million. The Germany results were particularly strong: "Holiday" raked in $4.6 million from 845 screens (a 26% market share), making its nine-day total $11.3 million.

"Holiday" has played most key foreign territories for the Easter break but has a dozen more markets to go over the coming months. The films bows in the U.S. on Aug. 31.

Finishing in the No. 3 spot was Buena Vista International's "Robinsons," which laughed all the way to an estimated $9.5 million from 3,900 screens in 36 markets, lifting its overseas cume to $25.7 (worldwide $77.9 million).

Openings for the Disney-generated 3-D animation title included Brazil (an estimated $850,000 from 260 screens), Hong Kong (No. 1 with $485,000 from 40 sites for a $12,125 per-screen average) and Singapore ($340,000 from 30 locations for a per-screen average of $11,333).

The biggest of the holdover markets for "Robinsons" are Spain (an estimated $1.6 million from 434 locations for a cume of $4.4 million), Mexico (No. 2 with $1.4 million from 600 screens for a cume of $5.2 million) and the U.K. ($1.1 million from 451 sites for a 10-day cume of $4.7 million). South Africa opens next weekend.

No. 4 this weekend was newcomer "The Reaping" from WBI, a horror thriller about biblical plagues afflicting a small town, which captured an estimated $7.1 million in its debut in 16 markets. The Stephen Hopkins-directed saga, which stars Hilary Swank, opened strongest in Spain, where it earned an estimated $2.3 million from 301 screens, and placed No. 5 this weekend domestically.

BVI's "Wild Hogs" bagged the No. 5 spot with an estimated $3.5 million on the weekend from 1,400 screens in 10 markets for an international cume to date of $18.5 million. The key opening was Mexico, where the suburban biker comedy drew an estimated $2.2 million from 600 screens to finish No. 1 in the market. Openings in the Benelux countries, the U.K., Scandinavia, Spain and Argentina are on tap this weekend.

The second-biggest of the fresh entries on the foreign circuit this weekend is 20th Century Fox International's "Sunshine," which grossed an estimated $3 million from 652 screens in a half dozen markets. In the U.K., the sci-fi thriller from director Danny Boyle elicited an estimated $1.9 million (including previews) from 409 screens.

In Taiwan, "Sunshine" finished No. 3 with an estimated $442,000 from 76 locations. In Hong Kong, the tally was $267,000 from 28 sites (more than $9,500 per screen). In Singapore, "Sunshine" finished No. 3 with $198,000 from 24 screens, while in Thailand it ranked No. 5 with $148,000 from 65 sites.

DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures International's "Blades of Glory," the comedy that finished first domestically this weekend, opened in the U.K. at No. 2, earning $2.1 million from 362 situations. The other international newcomer is "Are We Done Yet?," Sony Pictures Releasing International's comedy starring Ice Cube, which managed $745,000 from 425 screens in Mexico and Australia.

PPI's "Norbit" grossed an estimated $3 million from 1,876 sites in 45 territories. The overseas total for the Eddie Murphy comedy stands at $54 million.

Fox's perennial "Night at the Museum" continued at No. 1 in Japan with an estimated $1.8 million on the weekend at 522 screens. That pushes the Ben Stiller comedy's Japan market cume to $24.8 million. "Museum's" international tally stands at a whopping $315.3 million.

Other overseas cume updates: WBI's "Music and Lyrics," $78.2 million; Lionsgate International's "Saw III," $82.5 million; Universal's "The Holiday" (thanks to an estimated $1 million from 250 locations in its third Japan weekend), $136.7 million; PPI's "Shooter" (thanks to an estimated $1.2 million from 472 screens in eight markets), $3.3 million; Fox's "The Namesake," $700,000; Universal's "Hot Fuzz" (due to an estimated $1.3 million from 542 locations in six markets), $46 million; Fox's "Eragon" (thanks to an estimated $1.7 million bow in China at 364 screens), $170.2 million; Fox's "Epic Movie" (thanks to a $776,000 bow in France at 280 locations), $32.5 million; and Universal's "The Good Shepherd," $14.8 million (from Universal territories only).
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