Sweltering weather belted the B.O. in Europe last weekend, although “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Men in Black” stood up pretty well, and the latter earned the distinction of becoming the 12th title this year to surpass $100 million overseas.

“Speed 2: Cruise Control” had potent preems in Japan and Mexico, while Hong Kong audiences warmly greeted native son John Woo’s “Face/Off.”

“The Lost World’s” cume soared to $239.5 million, highlighted by Japan’s $63.2 million, the U.K.’s $37.1 million, Australia’s $15.6 million and Taiwan’s $15.3 million.

Seven Spielberg’s epic eased by a reasonable 29% in Germany, collecting a socko $18 million in 11 days, now on a massive 819 screens. The dino pic fell by 42% in Austria, tallying $2.4 million, and by 44% in German-speaking Switzerland for $1.1 million, both in 10 days.

“Men in Black” gunned down $12.4 million at the weekend, propelling the total to $109.6 million. In France, the sci-fi comedy plunged by 48%, a heavier-than-expected erosion blamed on the heat wave, scoring $13.8 million in 12 days. The stand-out cumes include the U.K.’s $35.5 million through the third weekend (off 25%), Brazil’s $8.1 million and Spain’s $7.5 million.

The “Speed” sequel seized pole position in Japan with $4.5 million in two days on 167 and bowed big in Mexico ($1 million on 300) and Argentina ($640,000 on 61). But in the U.K. it took a mediocre $1.4 million on 414. The actioner minted $9.9 million at the weekend and raced to $55.3 million, overtaking domestic.

“Face/Off” snared $1.1 million on 34 in Hong Kong, that territory’s sixth-highest opening ever, after a big promotion where 5,000 people attended an outdoor screening with Woo on hand. The BVI release nabbed $385,000 on 65 in Holland — No. 1 in a soft market — and $206,000 on 31 in New Zealand, where it was topped by “My Best Friend’s Wedding’s” terrif $249,000 on 34 in its offshore preem. “Face/Off” has garnered a robust $3.1 million in nine days in South Korea and $2.5 million after the third round in Brazil.

Polygram’s comedy “Bean” has quickly amassed $36 million from nine markets, including $8.8 million in 10 days in the U.K. (down 27%), $5.2 million in 25 days in Spain, $4.9 million in Holland and $13.2 million Down Under.

“Con Air” winged to $84.5 million and set a BVI live-action opening record in the Philippines with $830,000 on 75.

BVI’s first co-prod with Argentina, “Ashes from Paradise,” improved by 23% in its second weekend in that territory for an excellent $1.3 million thus far, and will debut in Brazil in mid-September.

Clint Eastwood’s “Absolute Power” (estimated cume $32 million) opened in Oz with a so-so $571,000 on 140, trailing “Conspiracy Theory,” which fell by 38% for a reasonable $2.8 million in 11 days. The Mel Gibson/Julia Roberts starrer launched in Taiwan with a fine $919,000 on 37, despite a weekend typhoon.

“Batman & Robin” advanced to $106.5 million and checked into Indonesia with an OK $253,000 on 78.

Among the frame’s casualties, “Anaconda” ($41.9 million cume) rolled over and died in Holland, and Germany will be an early graveyard for “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” after its $118,000 bow on 145, and “Everyone Says I Love You’s” flat $432,000 on 204. Woody Allen’s musical has cumed $24.8 million abroad, highlighted by France’s $9.7 million, Italy’s $3.5 million and Spain’s $2.1 million.

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