Asteroid still soars

Pic nears $200 mil o'seas; 'Lethal' breaks $100 mil

The top six U.S. hits pulled in a juicy $37.2 million overseas last weekend while “Lethal Weapon 4” became the ninth title of the year to cross the $100 million threshold.

Rounding out a busy frame, “The Mask of Zorro” had brisk bows in several markets and “A Perfect Murder” began its foreign campaign by posting a pretty good $325,000 from 45 prints in Argentina.

Still wearing the crown of international B.O. champ, “Armageddon” hauled in $12.8 million from 3,501 screens in 41 markets, and its cume vaulted to $187.1 million.

It’s probably 10 days away from busting through $200 million.

The Bruce Willis starrer charged into Italy with $2.6 million on 314 screens, including previews, the third-highest debut in history there behind “Independence Day” and “Titanic,” and in local currency more than 40% better than “The Rock’s” entry. Its $433,000 opening salvo on 46 in Greece set an industry record.

“Lethal Weapon 4” amassed $7 million from 3,021 screens in 34 countries, paced by France’s $18.2 million, Japan’s $12.5 million, Germany’s $12.5 million and Brazil’s $5.8 million. The cume stands at $103.3 million.

“The X-Files” unearthed $4.9 million on 2,203 prints in 24 territories from holdovers and potent preems in Sweden ($468,000 on 85), the Czech Republic, Uruguay and Iceland.

Fox’s sci-fier climbed to $57.7 million, highlighted by Germany’s $14.4 million, the U.K’s $11.1 million after its third orbit and Australia’s $4.2 million.

Harrison Ford’s star power helped propel “Six Days, Seven Nights” to $52.7 million after a $4.6 million weekend in 28 territories. The romantic drama checked into Israel in the top spot with $264,000 on 28 and has a fair $3.8 million after 12 days in France (falling 40%) and a strapping $3 million after 10 days in Brazil (up 13% on word of mouth).

“The Horse Whisperer” garnered $4.3 million in 12 territories, and its total reached $19.6 million. Robert Redford’s pic romped into France with a superb $2.3 million on 334 (double “The Bridges of Madison County’s” opener and more than triple that of “The English Patient”) and initialed in Sweden with a fine $363,000 on 53.

“Dr. Dolittle” advanced to $70.2 million after minting $3.6 million on 1,520 screens. The Eddie Murphy vehicle diagnosed a terrif $309,000 on 20 in Singapore and continued to draw crowds in the U.K., tallying $27.6 million.

“The Mask of Zorro” muscled up a pleasing $292,000 on 112 in Thailand, $219,500 on 43 in Venezuela and $148,000 on 44 in Central America. From just eight territories the cume is $3.4 million.

“Godzilla” moved up to $145.2 million after earning $2.7 million from holdovers and a dashing debut in Croatia.

“City of Angels” ascended to $69.5 million and took off in Turkey with $298,000 on 40, Warner Bros.’ second-best bow behind “The Devil’s Advocate” and the industry’s fifth highest.

“The Avengers” coined $3 million from holdovers and fair-to-good opening stanzas in Brazil ($486,000 on 120), Hong Kong ($240,000 on 19) and Holland ($207,000 on 80). The 20-territory cume is $17.2 million.

In its second offshore market, “Snake Eyes” tumbled by 44% in its soph session in South Korea for a decent $1.2 million thus far.

“Anastasia” plunged by 44% in its second lap in Japan, its last major market, taking a disappointing $2.1 million in 10 days. Cume is $76.5 million.

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