Dinosaur Walks Over The International Box Office
With nods in Brazil and Hong Kong, Disneys DINOSAUR roams atop the box office charts. In Brazil, the special effects spectacle landed $2.65 million in its debut. Whereas in Hong Kong, the blue-green beasts stomped out an amazing $1.29 million on only 43 screens! The prehistoric pic adds another name to the long time three way battle between MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2, GLADIATOR and GONE IN 60 SECONDS for international box office glory. Back in Brazil, M:I 2 fell to second with a gross of $1.89 million, bringing its Brazilian cume to $5.63 million. Moreover, GLADIATOR tumbled from #2 to #4 with a gross of $360,700, raising its Brazilian cume to $7.29 million. In Hong Kong, MISSION fell to 4th place, with a gross of $165,427, advancing its cume to $4.46 million. GLADIATOR also slipped a spot to #9 in Hong Kong. DreamWorks darling grossed another $2,936, bringing its cume to $1.16 million. However in Australia, GONE IN 60 SECONDS beat out all three to finish in first place. The car-chase cavalcade grossed another $2.02 million, raising its cume to $5.51 million. DINOSAUR settled in second with a gross of $1.82 million, bringing its Australian cume to $6.59 million. Slipping into the fray at third place, THE PERFECT STORM waved in an additional $1.68 million, advancing its cume Down Under to $3.87 million. Likewise in 4th, FLINTSTONES VIVA ROCK VEGAS added heat to the fight with a gross of $1.23 million, bringing its Australian cume to $2.94 million. M:I surfaced in 7th place with a gross of $667,454, advancing its Australian cume to $12.3 million. Finally in eighth, GLADIATOR added another $424,613 to its Down Under cume of $17.24 million. 60 SECONDS even beat out the premiere of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 in Sweden. SECONDS finished first with a gross of $535,973, bringing its Swedish cume to $1.68 million. In second, M:I 2 ended up with $470,093. Slipping to third in Sweden, GLADIATOR grossed $280,691, advancing its Swedish cume to $3.74 million. The only top finish to report for GLADITOR came in France. The Russell Crowe flick grossed an additional $4.97 million, raising its French cume to $19.15 million. Elsewhere, MISSION remained the top champion. In Germany, M:I 2 finished in first with a purse of $4.87 million, bringing its German cume to $14.82 million. Whereas, GLADITOR fell to 5th in Germany, with a gross of $602,601, raising its cume to $19.54 million. In Italy, MISSION made another #1 finish, with a take of $1.57 million, bringing its Italian cume to $5.26 million. GLADITOR came in third in the boot-shaped country, with a gross of $158,272, advancing its Italian cume to $8.24 million. In Japan, M:I 2 finished in first place, adding $346,916 to its Japanese cume of $4.52 million. POKEMON 3 opened in Japan, finishing in second. The Pikachu-vehicle grossed $972,643. GLADIATOR, on the other hand, slipped to third, with a take of $346,916, bringing its cume to $4.28 million. In a move to counter program POKEMON, Toei released TOEI ANIME FAIR, which features DIGIMON. The toon landed in fifth with a gross of $254,110. Elsewhere on the animation front, STUART LITTLE out boxed GLADITOR to finish #1 in Spain. The LITTLE laugher grossed $1.65 million, bringing its Spanish cume to $3.78 million. GLADIATOR slipped to second with a gross of $1.02 million, advancing its Spanish cume to $13.04 million. Both making their debuts in Spain, SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT took home $235,896 in 4th and THE TIGGER MOVIE grossed $227,485 in 5th. Tigger and his pal Roo also finished in 9th place in Germany with a gross of $450,079, bringing its cume to $2.82 million. In the U.K., CHICKEN RUN was beaks above all the rest of the competition. The royal roost race brought in another $3.83 million, raising its British cume to $20.68 million. Falling to second, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 grossed $3.72 million, raising its British cume to $14.18 million. Making its U.K. premiere, THE PATRIOT finished in third. In a case of masochism for how unevenly the British are portrayed in the film, the U.S. Revolutionary War flick grossed $1.54 million. GLADITOR slipped a slot to 4th, with a gross of $686,486, raising its cume to $41.53 million. Making an early British nod before it hits the States, THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD landed in 5th place, with a gross of $648,005. Finally, STUART LITTLE placed in 7th, with a gross of $261,101, advancing its British cume to $1.64 million. The final toon appearances come from Sweden and Brazil.