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Collin Chou is joining Jackie Chan and Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom. Lionsgate is the lead distributor on the co-release with the Weinstein Co. Principle photography has started, with Rob Minkoff directing from a John Fusco original screenplay based on the Chinese legend of the Monkey King. Chou, who will play the Jade War Lord, recently wrapped Hong Kong-based Mandarin Films' Flash Point. His credits include The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded. Chou is repped by Global Artists Agency, Convergence Entertainment and Jackoway, Tyerman. »
Exceptionally strong No. 1 openings in 20 key markets on the weekend propelled 300 to its second consecutive stanza as the top boxoffice draw overseas, resulting in an estimated gross of $48 million from about 5,000 screens in 33 territories.
The super-violent military epic about Spartan warriors battling the Persian forces at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. dwarfed the competition in a generally bland weekend on the foreign circuit, more than doubling the combined gross of the second- through fifth-place titles.
Notable among the new territories was Russia, where "300" yielded an estimated $5.6 million from 432 situations, averaging $12,963 per screen. The film is on track to be "the biggest opening of all time" for Warner Bros., according to the distributor, "topping (2003's) 'The Matrix Revolutions' by 9%."
A France opening produced an estimated $5.6 million from 485 locations for a per-screen average of $11,546. In Italy, the tally was an estimated $5.3 million from 486 screens, while Mexico provided $2.6 million from 520 locations.
300's biggest holdover market was South Korea, where it continued to rank first with an estimated $3.4 million in the second weekend at 231 spots -- down just 29% from the opening frame -- for a market cume of $12 million.
In Greece, where "300" has performed well given its subject, the weekend tally dropped 52% from the previous stanza largely because of Saturday's Euro 2008 soccer qualifier between Greece and Turkey. Still, the gross came in at an estimated $1.3 million in the third weekend, raising the Greek market cume to $9.4 million.
The biggest of the new overseas entries for the week is Universal International's release of Mr. Bean's Holiday, which laughed all the way to No. 1 openings in Singapore and Malaysia, totaling an estimated $1.7 million from 92 screens.
The latest Rowan Atkinson comedy -- a co-production of Universal, Britain's Working Title Films and France's StudioCanal -- grossed an estimated $1.1 million from 43 spots for a $25,581 per-screen average in Singapore, making Holiday the No. »
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