Variety reports that, judging by the world premieres in foreign markets over the weekend, the future looks good for Warner Bros.' Constantine and fairly grim for New Line's Son of the Mask:
Capitalizing on the usually lucrative Chinese New Year period, "Constantine" captured a projected $11.3 million from five Asian markets. The "Mask" sequel uncovered an estimated $1.2 million in the U.K., ranking sixth, behind frosh kidpics "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" and "The Magic Roundabout" and the soph session of "Racing Stripes," among others.
"Constantine," starring Keanu Reeves as a supernatural detective, spooked an estimated $5.5 million in six days in South Korea (repping Warner's third-biggest preem in the capital Seoul, behind the previous two "Matrix" editions); $1.56 million in five days in Hong Kong (the distrib's fourth best bow and the 10th highest for a non-Chinese pic); and $2.6 million in five days in Taiwan (setting a Warner record in Taipei).
Pic nabbed approximately $966,000 in Singapore, accounting for nearly 50% of the top five titles' B.O., and $571,000 in Malaysia.
Both movies will be released in North America this Friday.
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