Euro monster mash

'Godzilla' stomps on Continent in hot sesh

In another frenetic frame overseas, “Godzilla” invaded continental Europe with potent results last weekend, “Armageddon” had scintillating debuts in three far-flung markets and “Six Days, Seven Nights” bowed handsomely in France and Brazil.

“Snake Eyes” underlined Nicolas Cage’s marquee value internationally with a muscular entry in South Korea, while “There’s Something About Mary” was sneaked successfully in Australia and “The X-Files” continued to draw devotees of the TV cult series and nonaficionados.

It wasn’t all wine and roses abroad as the Sandra Bullock starrer “Hope Floats” struggled in its first offshore engagements and “Anastasia” proved less-than-bewitching in Japan.

“Armageddon” led the field again, grabbing $12.2 million on 2,618 screens in 30 territories, propelling the cume to $162.9 million.

The Bruce Willis starrer had testosterone-pumping bows in the Philippines ($1.1 million on 45 screens, the second-highest opening ever behind “Godzilla,” and in local currency more than tripling “The Rock’s” launch); New Zealand ($391,000 on 40, a Buena Vista Intl. record, beating “Ransom” by 50%); and South Africa ($290,000 on 85, an all-time high for BVI, topping “The Lion King”).

In Australia, Michael Bay’s pic abated by 36% after a record first week for BVI, collecting a solid but not spectacular $4.3 million. The top dogs are Germany’s $31.9 million, France’s $19.6 million and an estimated $19.2 million in the U.K.

“Godzilla” minted $5.6 million from 1,549 screens in 24 territories, sending the foreign cume past the domestic haul to $138 million.

Roland Emmerich’s opus scored $3 million on 302 screens in Spain, the second-highest bow in history there behind “Independence Day” and a record for Columbia TriStar Intl., overtaking “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

The big lizard chomped a whammo $634,000 on 80 in Poland, a pleasing $150,000 on 19 in Hungary and $72,000 on 19 in Yugoslavia. “Godzilla’s” top earner is Japan’s $33.1 million followed by the U.K.’s $24.8 million.

“Lethal Weapon 4” vaulted to $91.6 million after collaring $9.2 million on 3,222 screens in 38 countries and it should hit the ton next weekend.

In its soph session, Richard Donner’s romp widened to 245 screens in Italy, raking in a fine $2.4 million to date, and it withstood “Godzilla’s” assault pretty well in Spain, falling by 35% for $3 million in 10 days.

Germany has contributed a rousing $10.2 million through the third lap and Taiwan has ponied up $3.5 million after the second.

“Snake Eyes” pulled in $537,000 on 37 screens in South Korea (21% below “Face/Off’s” preem) and fell by 31% in its second round in Sweden for a fair $800,000 thus far.

“There’s Something About Mary” rang up a merry $448,000 from three days of sneaks on 140 screens Down Under, generating excellent word of mouth ahead of its nationwide release Thursday.

“The X-Files” spooked $5 million from 2,423 screens in 21 territories and its total reached $46.8 million. Fox’s TV-inspired pic had chart-topping entries in Argentina with $698,000 on 77 (the distrib’s third-best bow) and Taiwan ($387,000 on 18).

In the U.K., which had a public holiday Monday, Fox estimated “X-Files” dropped by a typical 45% for a tidy $6.4 million in 10 days.

“Six Days, Seven Nights” conquered France with $2.1 million on 362, 4% better than “Air Force One’s” lift-off, and delivered a wow $1.2 million on 200 in Brazil (a record for a Harrison Ford vehicle and the second-best entry for BVI behind “Die Hard With a Vengeance”) and $190,000 on 38 in Portugal.

Ivan Reitman’s romantic drama ascended to $45.6 million after earning $5.7 million in 19 territories, with Spain chipping in a splendid $7 million through its third lap.

Robert Redford’s “The Horse Whisperer” galloped into the U.K. with an estimated $1.5 million on 340, 25% below “The English Patient’s” opener but more than double that of “Up Close and Personal” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”

From just 12 markets, Redford’s drama has cumed $13.5 million.

After chalking up a mediocre $580,000 in four weeks in Taiwan, “The Mask of Zorro” debuted in Hong Kong with an OK $231,000 on 22 and $160,000 on 28 in Singapore. Columbia TriStar reported “Zorro” was No. 1 in both markets, indicating both are in a trough at the moment.

“The Avengers” checked into Germany in fifth position, clocking an unimpressive $1.2 million on 455 prints, but looked a bit sharper in Belgium ($321,000 on 49) and Austria ($194,000 on 57).

After 12 days in France, the British spy caper has taken a decent $5.8 million. Early in its run, the foreign total is $12.5 million.

“Anastasia” had a lukewarm reception in Japan, often a problematic market for Western animation, fetching $879,000 on 149 screens. Fox’s family outing has cumed $74.9 million.

As a femme-angled pic, “Hope Floats” faces an uphill battle in some territories, typified by its slim $112,000 entry on 49 screens in Italy and soft results after three weeks in Singapore. Its second round tally of $216,000 in South Africa is marginally healthier.

“Dr. Dolittle” climbed to $62.2 million after a $3.1 million weekend on 1,505 screens in 21 countries. Eddie Murphy’s comedy called into Italy with a jolly $1 million on 197.

Warner’s consistent performer “City of Angels” levitated to $66.6 million, highlighted by Germany’s $12 million and Spain’s $4.9 million.

“Titanic” edged closer to the magical $1.2 billion mark, pocketing $834,000 last weekend in five markets, bringing its cume to $1.197 billion. Japan’s total is a dizzying $185.3 million.

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