Spidey catches o'seas victory

$85.5 mil weekend pumps int'l gross to $386.4 mil

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

The boxoffice take was almost 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. Because the latest edition of Sony's smash superhero series played six days in some markets last frame, its opening gross registered a thunderous $231 million.

On a strictly three-day weekend basis, Sony said, "Spider-Man 3" grossed $80.9 for the weekend vs. $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 ever internationally.

The distributor said only four features have had better second-weekend gross holds: Warner Bros.' "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), Warners' "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 $628.5 million.

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: down 63% in Spain, 61% in Italy, 69% in Russia, 58% in China, 60% in the Philippines and 61% in Sweden.

The film's 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 two markets (Russia and the Ukraine), followed by the early May 23 bow in France of Buena Vista International's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," two days before its May 25 worldwide bow.

Finishing in the distant No. 2 spot for the 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. Its 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" outpaced the comparable gross returns of its predecessor.

"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 to $172 million. The film bows in the U.S. on Aug. 31.

At 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. The film's biggest market was Germany, where the suburban biker comedy placed No. 2 in the market with an estimated $1.3 million from 586 screens in its fourth weekend, down just 10% from the previous weekend.

The 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, the biggest of which was Germany, where the Will Ferrell figure-skating comedy glided to an estimated $375,000 from 243 sites. The film's 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 2," 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. The 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 offering with Hilary Swank, "The Reaping," managed an estimated $1.3 million at about 1,200 screens in 46 markets. Its overseas cume is $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 Entertainment's "Bridge to Terabithia," $37.5 million.
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