O’seas B.O. hopping

Action pix, 'Hercules' make for busy frame

The action was fast and furious at the overseas B.O. last weekend, triggered by “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Con Air” and “Volcano,” plus a muscular foreign preem by “Hercules.”

“Business is really starting to heat up,” noted one U.S. studio international maven, who predicts competition will reach fever pitch in the next few weeks as “Batman & Robin” and “Speed 2: Cruise Control” start rolling out.

“Lost World’s” cume rocketed to $35.2 million in eight markets as the dino-epic smashed another industry record with a socko $2.7 million in two days on 50 in Taiwan, nearly double the predecessor’s preem; it also clocked $2.6 million in two days on 268 in Brazil and $636,000 in seven days on 40 in Colombia.

Showing better staying power overseas thus far than domestically, Steven Spielberg’s adventure has amassed $6.5 million in nine days on 42 in South Korea (off 12%) and $3.7 million in 10 days on 133 in Thailand (down 33%). Australia has harvested a phenom $12.1 million through the fourth frame (slipping 29%).

“Volcano” debuted Down Under with a fine $926,000 on 152, tempered by competition from the dinosaurs and “Liar Liar,” which abated by 29% for a superb $7.6 million in 11 days. The Jim Carrey comedy’s cume is $64.2 million, including a mild $2.2 million after nine days in Japan (off 20%) and an excellent $520,000 in 10 days in Israel.

“Volcano” has collected $10.5 million in a handful of territories, highlighted by Korea’s $5.3 million and Mexico’s $2.6 million after the sophomore sesh, falling 19%. “Dante’s Peak” ascended to $98.3 million.

“Con Air” landed in Spain at No. 1 with $1.2 million on 193, in Singapore at $783,000 on 37 (a BVI opening record in that market, beating “The Rock”) and Denmark at $228,000 on 60. The Nic Cage starrer had very good second weekend holds in Germany (tallying $8.1 million, down 13%) and the U.K. ($6.3 million, dropping 14%). All told, BVI’s actioner scooped up $8 million at the weekend, propelling the cume to $27.3 million.

“Hercules’ flexes

Animated musical “Hercules” tuned up $300,000 on 68 in Colombia — that territory’s fifth-highest preem in history — and $52,000 at three theaters in Israel, where it will gradually expand to 40 screens. “Hercules” bows this weekend in Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and two other small markets.

In its last major date, “The Devil’s Own” delivered a solid $1.1 million on 222 in the U.K., elevating the cume to $90.5 million. In Blighty, “The Chamber” corpsed while Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” was exposed for a fair $948,000 on 285.

“The Fifth Element” soared to an estimated $72 million, paced by France’s towering $34.5 million, the U.K.’s $6 million after the third weekend (slipping 20%), Australia’s $5.6 million, Brazil’s $4.6 million and Spain’s $4.1 million.

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