Weaver starrer mighty, 'Hercules' strong o'seas

In another rousing B.O. frame overseas, “Alien Resurrection” notched socko world preems in France and Switzerland, “Hercules” flexed its muscles in Europe and “The Peacemaker” collected tidy sums in Germany and Southeast Asia.

Racing neck-and-neck toward the $100 million milestone abroad are “The Full Monty,” which bagged $7.4 million over the weekend in 15 territories for a cume of $91.8 million, and “Air Force One,” which ascended to $93 million.

Also closing in on the century mark is “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which added $3.3 million to its coffers from 1,225 screens and reached $90.7 million. P.J. Hogan’s romantic comedy will join the $100 million club next month, propelled by bows in Germany, Italy and Korea.

‘Lost’ among stayers

Among the stayers, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” edged up to $371.4 million; “Men in Black” hit $280.7 million, with Japan slated for Dec. 6; and “Bean” topped $146 million.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Alien Resurrection” sold 975,000 tickets in five days in France, minting $5.7 million on 507 screens, and took in $255,000 in ditto on 20 in French-speaking Switzerland. The sci-fi adventure bows in the U.S. Nov. 26 and the following day in Germany, Holland and Malaysia.

After garnering a splendid $16 million through the sixth lap in the U.K., “Hercules” journeyed to Sweden for $746,000 on 138 and Denmark at $343,000 on 65, in both markets ahead of “Aladdin’s” entry. The animated pic ($60 million cume) rolls out this weekend in Germany, Holland and Spain.

‘Peacemaker’ robust

Mimi Leder’s “Peacemaker” charged into Germany for a robust $2.3 million on 462 and had potent preems in Singapore ($556,000 on 24), Indonesia ($346,000 in six days on 65), Austria, Finland and Argentina. The DreamWorks pic’s cume is $24.2 million, excluding Korea and Hong Kong, where second-weekend totals were not available. Among the highlights are Taiwan’s $1.6 million after nine days and Brazil’s $1.3 million in two weeks.

The never-say-die “Full Monty” regained pole position in its 12th round in the U.K., and with $59.8 million in the till now ranks as the second-highest earner ever in that market, ahead of “Independence Day” and behind “Jurassic Park.”

The British comedy had good-to-great launches in Belgium ($394,000 on 33), Sweden ($186,000 on 31), Mexico ($101,000 on 24), Holland and Israel. Impressive holdovers include Australia’s $8.6 million after the fifth weekend and France’s $7.5 million through the fourth.

‘Air Force’ sky high in Oz

Wolfgang Petersen’s “Air Force One” grabbed $818,000 from previews on 123 screens Down Under, including a smash $92,500 from five prints at Greater Union’s brand new 30-screener in Marion, South Australia. The megaplex pulled in $225,000 in its first four days. “Fire Down Below” and “A Life Less Ordinary” both were blah in Oz.

Ridley Scott’s “G.I. Jane” opened fire in the U.K. with a fair $1.4 million on 366 and Mexico at $755,000 on 227. Early in its run, the cume is $24.3 million, including $2.5 million through the third round in Spain (off 27%) and $1.6 million after the second in Brazil (slipping 16%).

David Fincher’s “The Game” had lively debuts in Belgium ($302,000 on 32) and Holland ($300,000 on 56). The Polygram pic has coined a respectable $4.6 million in 12 days in France (down 40%) after lackluster runs in the U.K. and Australia. The cume is $12.9 million from 10 markets.

U.K. ‘Face/Off’

“Face/Off” climbed to $105.5 million after easing by a reasonable 31% in the U.K. for $5.7 million in 10 days.

“L.A. Confidential” ($14.8 million cume) collared an OK $2.7 million from 838 screens in 25 markets. Warner stablemates “Contact” moved up to $65 million and “Conspiracy Theory” made it to $53.3 million.

In its first major territory engagements, Lee Tamahori’s “The Edge” snared a fine $387,000 on 94 in Brazil and a chilly $57,000 on 11 in Taiwan.

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