‘Monty’ tops in U.K., ‘Powers’ in 2nd

Despite a 24% drop in the U.K. box office on the weekend of Princess Diana’s funeral, when big boys like “Conspiracy Theory,” “Men In Black” and “Bean” dipped an average of 49%, Fox’s boisterous Brit striptease comedy “The Full Monty” retained top spot in its sophomore sesh and nabbed takings equal to its debut frame.

“Monty’s” (U.K. cume: $7.4 million) second-lap takings of $2.5 million easily overshadowed the estimated $1.6 million earned in the second-spot bow of “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” in 391 theaters, while the foreign preem of Miramax’s “Mrs. Brown” took $371,941 from 149 houses.

B.O. down in Oz

Box office dipped 27% in Oz, where the only major preems were Mike Leigh’s “Career Girls” ($55,814 from 17 prints) and “Two Days in the Valley” ($18,582 from eight sites).

Nevertheless, BVI’s “Air Force One” sprang into the second week of its foreign roll-out in fine style, bombarding $1.7 million from 222 screens in Spain (where Miramax’s “Sling Blade” took $32,414 from 19 screens) in a top-spot preem for Spain’s sixth-biggest bow of all time and Harrison Ford’s best outing there.

“Air Force” staged Israel’s third-best bow ever (behind “Independence Day” and “Men in Black”) with $295,000 from 29 sites for BVI’s and Ford’s best outings there. After an OK drop of 15% in its second lap in Brazil, pic’s four-territory cume is $4 million.

‘Face/Off’ on in Argentina

BVI’s “Face/Off” (cume: $29 million) sleuthed 25% of the weekend box office in Argentina, where it bowed top spot with $395,000 from 48 sites, while staying tops in Oz. Stablemate “Con Air” looks set to become BVI’s third pic (after “Ransom” and “101 Dalmatians”) to join the blockbuster club next week. After nabbing $212,000 from 31 Greek theaters, cume is $97.4 million.

In other foreign debuts, WB’s “Contact” staged an OK foreign preem to take $88,000 from 25 screens in Colombia, ahead of its first major test this weekend in Japan, Miramax’s “Mimic” lured an OK $52,238 from 21 prints in Holland, while UIP’s “Kull the Conqueror” clubbed $78,411 from 18 theaters in Singapore.

“The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (cume: $286.8 million) crushed Italy, taking $2.8 million from 409 screens and 65% of the weekend box office, making it UIP’s largest bow there behind the prequel. But distribs believe results were dented by the summer’s worst heat wave, which affected stayers “Batman” (cume: $116.6 million) and “Con Air,” although WB’s “Addicted to Love” (cume: $20.7 million) bowed a good $300,581 (including previews) from 37 cinemas.

Dinopic also staged UIP’s biggest bows ever in Poland and Finland, with $551,082 and $532,501 from 82 and 45 prints respectively.

Polygram’s “Bean” (cume: $79 million) had a fab week, posting the year’s biggest bows in Denmark and Norway, with $376,790 and $397,415 from 40 screens in each market. Disaster spoof also wowed Sweden, Portugal and Thailand, with $702,287, $95,942 and $246,006 from 64, 20 and 68 prints respectively.

“Men In Black” (cume: $154 million) invaded $863,621 from 63 Swiss screens, staged the biggest bow ever in Hungary with $204,718 from 28 sites, and posted Sony’s largest preem ever in Chile with $190,232 from 15 prints, while retaining top spot in its fifth laps in France and Belgium.

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