O'seas buggy over BVI pic; 'Bean,' 'Hercules' brawny

A thunderous foreign preem by “Starship Troopers,” “Bean” blitzing Italy and “Hercules’ ” beefy bows in three European markets highlighted another boisterous weekend at cinemas overseas.

Adding luster to the frame, Fox’s phenom “The Full Monty” became the 17th title to cross $100 million abroad this year after minting $6.5 million in 16 territories for a cume of $101.9 million. The standout totals include $63 million in the U.K. (No. 1 in its lucky 13th lap, easing just 11%), Australia’s $10 million, France’s $8.9 million and Spain’s $7 million.

Distributed in foreign markets by Buena Vista Intl., “Starship Troopers” took no prisoners when it launched in Singapore with $625,000 on 35 screens (25% up on “The Rock’s” entry and on par with “Con Air” and “Face/Off”) and Malaysia at $443,000 on 52 (BVI’s second-biggest opening of all time, trailing only “Air Force One”).

Omens bright

The omens couldn’t be brighter for Paul Verhoeven’s futuristic adventure, which invades Korea Nov. 29 and has January dates in a bunch of European markets.

Polygram’s “Bean” swept Italy with $3 million on 165 prints for a scintillating $18,622 screen average. That was the second-highest debut in Italy this year behind local blockbuster “Fireworks,” beating “Men in Black” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” by nearly 40%, according to Warner Bros. Intl., which has Italo rights. The Rowan Atkinson starrer pocketed a total of $4.7 million on 1,283 screens at the weekend and the cume climbed to $148.8 million.

“Hercules” conquered Germany, ringing up $2.7 million on 574 screens, BVI’s third-biggest animated entry in history behind “The Lion King” and “The Jungle Book’s” 1993 reissue. Platforming in Spain before the school vacation, which starts in two weeks, “Herc” hauled in a handsome $830,000 on 78; and in Holland it took $300,000 on 131 — No. 1 in a soft market. All told, the animated pic garnered $6.1 million on 1,486 screens in 11 markets for a cume of $67 million.

“Air Force One” fetched a fair $1.3 million on 240 in Australia (adding the previous weekend’s previews, the total is $2.1 million) and a bountiful $344,000 on 29 in Greece (BVI’s second-highest bow ever behind “Ransom.”) The foreign cume is $97.2 million and destined to surpass the ton after debuting in Japan this Saturday.

In France, “Alien Resurrection” tumbled by 45% after a socko first week, making $3.1 million on 506 for $9.7 million in 12 days; in the same time frame in French-speaking Switzerland the tally is $432,000.

“Conspiracy Theory” ($57 million cume) notched one of its livelier preems to date in Spain with $1.2 million on 190, only 3% below “Batman & Robin’s” entry on 205.

Polygram’s “The Game” played off in Germany with a so-so $1.7 million on 365, including previews, and had fair-to-good launches in Hong Kong, Austria and Israel. David Fincher’s thriller has accumulated $17.4 million in 10 markets.

Ridley Scott’s “G.I. Jane” has amassed an estimated $30 million, including $2.6 million after 10 days in the U.K. (falling a precipitous 44%) and $1.8 million through the second in Mexico.

“Seven Years in Tibet” got a critical drubbing and a subdued $849,000 on 213 in the U.K, but Brad Pitt’s Austrian mountain climber is connecting much better in Germany with $4.2 million after the second weekend, off just 6%.

“George of the Jungle” surprised everyone, including BVI, by bagging $944,000 on 220 in its first Latino engagement in Mexico, the distrib’s second-best live action bow there behind “Air Force One.” The comedy has cumed $19.5 million, a click in Australia ($5.7 million) and Southeast Asia but soft in France and Taiwan.

It seems Italo auds don’t like snakes, at least when they appear in the form of “Anaconda,” which took just $389,000 on 103 in its last major market. That’s a rare blemish in a foreign journey that has generated $68.6 million.

“My Best Friend’s Wedding” gobbled up $295,000 on 31 in Turkey, an all-time industry record, beating “Independence Day,” according to Columbia TriStar, and its cume rose to $95.2 million. Stablemate “Men in Black” towers at $282.6 million.

“Spawn” ($11.9 million cume) landed in Taiwan with a potent $550,000 in two days on 38, but typically plunged by 40% in Spain for $1.6 million in 10 days.

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