Strong ‘Bond’ in U.K.

'Tomorrow' dominant No. 1; Anastasia hot o'seas

In one of the strongest trading weekends of the year at overseas wickets, James Bond conquered the U.K., “Anastasia” had bewitching foreign preems in two Latino territories, “Hercules” kept pulling youthful crowds in Europe, and “Men in Black” became the second blockbuster this year to top $300 million.

Rounding out the action, “The Jackal” had a killer opening in South Korea, “Flubber” soared skywards in Brazil and Singapore, and “The Full Monty” reached another milestone as its global cume hit $150 million ($121.6 million of that offshore).

In its world preem, the 18th Bond outing, “Tomorrow Never Dies,” minted a whopping $6.1 million in three days on 426 screens in the U.K., ahead of “Goldeneye’s” bow but marginally below “Mission: Impossible’s.” The Pierce Brosnan starrer grossed more than the combined totals of the other nine titles in the U.K. top 10, including “The Borrowers” (which eased by a reasonable 18% for $3.1 million in 10 days) and freshman “I Know What You Did Last Summer’s” moderate $1.1 million on 200. But “Borrowers” landed in Germany with a soft $355,000 on 355.

“Anastasia” captivated Mexico with $800,000 on 279, the third- biggest animated entry in history behind “The Lion King” and “Hercules,” and the best ever for an animated release in a non-holiday period. Fox’s film also claimed pole position in Colombia with $154,000 on 57.

“Hercules” ($103 million cume) coined a strapping $8.5 million on 2,900 screens in 24 markets. The stand-outs include France’s $11.5 million through the third frame (off just 10%), Germany’s $9.9 million in its fourth (down 20%) and Italy’s $3.9 million after widening from 102 to 165 prints.

Sony’s “Men in Black” reached $300 million (joining “The Lost World: Jurassic Park’s” $374.6 million), powered by Japan’s potent $11.1 million in nine days (slipping just 20%).

The Michael Caton-Jones-helmed “Jackal” gunned down $741,000 in two days on 35 in Korea and $278,000 in six days on 63 in Indonesia. Adding Singapore’s $651,000 in 11 days, the three-territory total is $1.6 million.

The Robin Williams starrer “Flubber” is shaping as a real zinger in Brazil ($683,000 on 231 screens) and Singapore ($378,000 on 30).

“The Full Monty” platformed at four theaters in Tokyo with an encouraging $47,000 in two days, and set house records at one cinema on opening day.

“Alien Resurrection” added $4.5 million to its coffers from 14 markets, elevating the cume to $46.7 million. The highlights include France’s $14 million through the fifth weekend and the U.K.’s $9.3 million after the third.

“Air Force One” ascended to $116.4 million, propelled by Japan’s $10.4 million after the third lap and Argentina’s $1 million in its soph session.

P.J. Hogan’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding” waltzed to $114 million after pocketing $4.7 million on 1,180 screens. Germany has delivered a tony $6.6 million through the second.

In Australia, “Spawn” ($16.5 million cume) arrived with a lively $786,000 on 120, sending “The Peacemaker” into a 39% tailspin for $2 million in 11 days, while rookies “Excess Baggage” and “Murder at 1600” perished. “Peacemaker’s” cume is $55 million.

The irrepressible “Bean” posted the second-highest debut in industry history in South Africa, scoring $539,000 in three days on 84. Foreign cume is $168 million, including a riotous $17.3 million in 24 days in Italy.

“The Devil’s Advocate” has nabbed $3 million in five territories after a pleasing preem in Belgium and a solid $1.2 million after the second lap in Taiwan.

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