'Spidey 3' leads overseas again

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"Spider-Man 3" was overwhelmingly the No. 1 overseas attraction again this weekend, recording an estimated $85.5 million from 16,200 screens in 105 markets, raising its international gross total to $386.4 million.

The boxoffice take was nearly 52% less than "Spider-Man 3's" record $176.6 million opening surge last stanza over periods from two to five days, which are considered "conventional" debuts overseas. Since the latest edition of the Sony's smash superhero series played six days in some markets last frame, its opening gross registered a thunderous $231 million.

On a strictly 3-day weekend basis, says Sony, "Spider-Man 3" grossed $80.9 this weekend versus $158.3 last frame representing a 48.9% dip.

Noting the falloff this round, Sony described "Spider-Man 3's" gross action as a "pleasant hold," the fifth biggest second-weekend hold internationally ever.

The distributor says only four features have had better second weekend gross holds: Warner Bros. "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), Warner's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005), 20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: The Meltdown" (2006) and last year's "The Da Vinci Code" from Sony.

Worldwide, "Spider-Man 3" has grossed a total of $628.5 million to date.

With no opening territories, it played the same number of territories as last frame but at 500 fewer screens. In the U.K. and Japan, the falloff from last round was 52% while the drop was steeper in other territories: 63% down in Spain, 61% in Italy, 69% in Russia, 58% in China, 60% in the Philippines and 61% in Sweden.

Biggest markets in gross dollar volume are the U.K. (an estimated $11.2 million from 1,088 screens for a market cume of $48.8 million), France ($8.1 million from 972 sites for a cume of $38.3 million), Korea ($5.9 million from 708 screens for a cume of $26.4 million), Mexico ($5.8 million from 930 situations for a cume of $23.2 million), Germany ($5.2 million from 1,161 screens for a cume of $21 million) and Japan ($4.8 million from 806 sites for a cume of $36.2 million).

The summer blockbuster season continues this week with the Thursday opening of DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures International's "Shrek The Third" in just two markets (Russia and the Ukraine) followed by the early, May 23 bow in France of Buena Vista Int'l.'s "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" followed by its May 25 worldwide bow.

Finishing in the distant No. 2 spot this weekend was Fox/Fox Atomic's "28 Weeks Later," which bowed in 11 markets day-and-date with its No. 2 opening domestically. The sequel to 2002's "28 Days Later" grossed an estimated $4.7 million from 800 screens. Worldwide tally so far stands at $14.7 million.

The big overseas driver was the U.K. where the sci-fi/horror title, about a virus loosed in Britain, grabbed the No. 2 market spot with an estimated $3.1 million from 401 screens. In both the U.K. and Australia, another key new market, "28 Weeks Later" outpaced the comparable gross returns of predecessor "28 Days Later."

"Mr. Bean's Holiday" from Universal International, placed No. 3 with an estimated $3.5 million from 2,800 screens in 48 markets, lifting the Rowan Atkinson comedy's seven-week international gross total to $172 million. (It bows in the U.S. on Aug. 31.)

No. 4 was BVI's "Wild Hogs," which grabbed an estimated $3.4 million from 2,700 situations in 36 markets, for an overseas cume of $70.5 million. Biggest market was Germany where the suburban biker comedy placed No. 2 in the market with an estimated $1.3 from 586 screens in its fourth weekend, down just 10% from the prior weekend.

Fifth spot went to the Mark Wahlberg action vehicle, "Shooter," from PPI, which targeted an estimated $2.1 million from 1,705 sites in 60 territories, lifting its overseas gross total to $39 million.

PPI also broadened its international release of "Blades of Glory" with openings in 14 territories. Biggest was Germany where the Will Farrell Olympic figure-skating comedy glided to an estimated $375,000 from 243 sites. Overall weekend take was an estimated $1.8 million from 907 screens in 17 markets, hiking the international gross total to $13 million.

Fox's "The Hills Have Eyes II," which has been playing internationally since March, hiked its overseas gross total to $9.5 million with an estimated $1.8 million weekend playing at 750 screens in seven markets. Biggest of three new markets was Russia where the weekend tally was an estimated $714,000 from 189 screens, enough to place either No. 2 or No. 3 in the market, according to Fox.

WBI's horror item with Hilary Swank, "The Reaping," managed an estimated $1.3 million on the weekend at about 1,200 screens in 46 markets. Overseas cume stands at $33.6 million.

Other overseas cume updates: Universal International's "Hot Fuzz," $49.4 million; WBI's "300," $230 million; Universal's "Curse of the Golden Flower," $3.1 million (Universal territories only); BVI's "Meet The Robinsons," $49.6 million; and Disney/Summit Ent.'s "Bridge to Terabithia," $37.5 million.
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