U.S. blockbusters fan out across globe

The summer B.O. thermometer overseas went from warm to hot last week, spurred by “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Con Air” and “Volcano,” plus a beefy foreign preem by “Hercules.”

The mercury was set to shoot higher over the weekend as “Batman & Robin” motored into the U.K., Germany, Spain and Australia. The omens were bright as the Batpic’s first-day gross Down Under of an estimated $625,000 on 269 ranked as the fourth-highest in history behind “Independence Day,” “Batman Forever” and “Lost World.”

Meanwhile, Roger Donaldson’s “Dante’s Peak” ascended to $101.6 million — the seventh title to cross the $100 million threshold this year, joining “Ransom,” “Space Jam,” “101 Dalmatians,” “The English Patient,” “Jerry Maguire” and the “Star Wars” reissue.

It’s just a matter of counting the days before “Lost World” soars past that milestone after rapidly amassing $40.2 million in nine markets. Steven Spielberg’s epic smashed another industry record with a phenom $4.6 million in five days on 50 in Taiwan, nearly double the predecessor’s preem, and clocked $3 million in five days on 281 in Brazil and an unprecedented opening day haul of $93,000 on 39 in Venezuela.

“Volcano” flowed Down Under with a solid but not dazzling $1.2 million on 152, cooled somewhat by bumping against the dinosaurs and “Liar Liar,” which abated by 27% for a superb $8.4 million in 14 days. The comedy’s cume is $66.9 million.

“Volcano” has collected $12 million in four territories, highlighted by Korea’s stunning $5.3 million and Mexico’s $2.7 million in 13 days.

“Con Air” landed in Spain at No. 1 with $1.5 million in five days on 193. Simon West’s actioner wowed Singapore with $1 million on 37 (a BVI record, beating “The Rock”) and Denmark at $360,000 in six days on 60. The Nicolas Cage starrer had excellent holds in Germany (tallying $9 million in 14 days, down 19%) and the U.K. ($6.5 million in 13 days, dropping 14%). Its cume is $30.7 million in 16 markets.

‘Herc’ perky

Animated musical “Hercules” whistled up $558,000 in five days on 68 in Colombia, that territory’s fifth-highest preem ever, and $79,000 in six days at three theaters in Israel where it will expand soon to 40 screens. “Hercules” bowed over the weekend in Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and two other small markets.

In its last major date, “The Devil’s Own” delivered a reasonably good $1.6 million in six days on 222 in the U.K.; cume hit $91 million.

After stiffing in Oz, France and parts of Asia, “Private Parts” entered Blighty with a decent $1.3 million on 285, buoyed by Howard Stern’s visit.

Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element” jumped to an estimated $73 million, paced by France’s towering $34.9 million.

The “Star Wars” reissue reached $110.7 million, driven by Japan’s swell $10.6 million nearing the end of its fourth round (off 12%).

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