Action roils o’seas

'Jurassic,' 'Batman,' 'Black' stir foreign B.O.

In a torrid weekend for U.S. actioners overseas, UIP’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” stole the show to join the blockbuster club at the foreign box office with a 19-territory Latin American and Far East cume of $100.9 million, after a socko bow in Japan.

The dinopic’s monster Nippon bow shattered the record books with $10.8 million from 284 screens over two days, beating previous recordholder “Independence Day” by 20% and marking the first time a weekend preem in Japan has surpassed $10 million.

‘Empire’ crumbles

“Lost World’s” Nippon launch, which sent sophomore “The Empire Strikes Back” (cume: $51.6 million) tumbling by 33% after an OK bow, was 38% ahead of its prequel. Another $100 million is not impossible given that the pic will start its European invasion July 18 in the U.K.

Another star of the frame was WB’s “Batman & Robin” (cume: $54 million), which posted an excellent top spot bow in Taiwan, snagging $1.8 million from 41 prints to beat “Batman Forever” by 65%.

The George Clooney starrer recorded the second-biggest bow of all time in the Philippines with $1.4 million from 76 prints (120% ahead of its prequel), posted the biggest bow of the year in Argentina with $822,878 from 61 screens, and gave WB its best opening weekend ever in Venezuela with $195,508 from 36 sites (200% ahead of “Batman Forever”).

In Portugal, pic nabbed $163,104 from 42 prints to beat “Batman Forever” by 26% and give WB its best bow ever in that market (ahead of miserable outings by Polygram’s “The Eighth Day” and “Jude”).

Ditto in Panama, where the batpic stole $61,495 from 14 cinemas and was 42% ahead of “Batman Forever,” while in Chile, pic came in second behind the sophomore “Lost World,” with $126,149 from 15 screens, and was 9% behind the opening results of its prequel.

In France, where the Bastille Day holiday meant no final tallies were available, pic was estimated to have taken $3 million from 542 screens, a 12% rise on its prequel.

Fox’s “Speed 2: Cruise Control” (cume: $10.6 million) zoomed past sweltering weather and into the top spot in Germany with $2.4 million from 609 screens (accounting for 45% of top 20 biz). Pic also was tops in Austria, with $318,506 from 70 prints, and South Africa, with $356,033 from 79 screens for Fox’s second-largest bow there (ahead of a tepid $20,075 from 10 prints for Polygram’s “Gridlock’d”). In South Korea, aquatic actioner splashed down with Fox’s second-largest bow ever — $1.1 million from 52 screens.

In the ‘Black’

CTSI’s “Men in Black” (cume: $7.8 million) had a fab weekend, hunting $1.8 million from 234 screens in Spain, a great result given that cinemas were closed in the north of the country owing to a recent political assassination and ensuing unrest there.

Alien sleuth pic wowed Brazil with a $1.4 million top spot bow on 160 screens (the second-best bow after “Streetfighter”), and Colombia with $356,042 from five prints, posting CTSI’s best bow there, which was the territory’s third biggest after “101 Dalmatians” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Pic stormed into the top place in Norway and Sweden, with $394,226 and $720,131 from 41 and 72 prints, respectively, while posting CTSI’s best bow in South Korea with $637,628 from 17 prints.

‘Air’ travels

BVI’s “Con Air” (cume: $56.5 million) flew high, grabbing $3.5 million over the weekend, including top-ranking bows in Belgium and Malaysia, with $405,000 and $339,000 from 66 and 50 prints, respectively, while taking a great $950,000 from its third lap in South Korea, despite the competish of freshmen “Speed 2” and “Men in Black.”

Polygram’s “Bean” (two-territory cume: $8.6 million) laffed to an excellent $697,004 from 105 screens in Holland (ahead of a miserable $7,000 from 13 prints for CTSI’s “Fly Away Home”), while dipping just 4% after an excellent bow the week before in Oz, where stablemate “Twin Town” was soft with just $32,671 from 10 prints.

CTSI’s “Anaconda” (cume: $17.5 million) slithered a good $913,388 from 193 theaters in Mexico, $141,528 from 50 Polish prints, $61,732 from 20 Finnish cinemas and $92,000 from 17 Swiss screens. Fox’s “Volcano” (four-market cume: $15.4 million) sweltered $237,573 from 35 sites.

BVI’s “Hercules” (cume: $13 million) tooned in to $305,000 from 29 theaters in Hong Kong, that market’s biggest animation bow after “The Lion King.”

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