Full steam ahead

Ship pic keeps chugging; others go slow

Playing on 5,698 screens in 48 territories, Fox Intl./Paramount’s phenom “Titanic” minted $45 million last weekend — propelling its foreign cume to $583 million, streaking past the previous all-time B.O. champ “Jurassic Park’s” $563 million.

In the process, James Cameron’s epic hit $1.01 billion, becoming the first film in history to top $1 billion worldwide.

The romantic epic now looks capable of zooming as high as $750 million outside North America.

It was the seventh consecutive frame in which it’s pulled in more than $40 million; probably helped by the absence of strong new competition, “Titanic’s” take improved in a bunch of major territories.

A hit in Euope, too

In France, the blockbuster nabbed $6.7 million (up 6%) for $74.3 million to date, rivaled for top market by Germany, where an $5.8 million weekend (rising 8%) pushed the score to $73.2 million.

Japan towers at $71 million after a $2.9 million weekend (spiking up 14%), the U.K. stands at $65.7 million (the third-highest grosser ever there, behind “The Full Monty” and “Jurassic Park”), Italy has $44.7 million, Spain is at $29 million and Brazil at an incredible $25.7 million.

In Australia, with $25.7 million in the till, the Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet starrer just cruised past “Babe” to rank as the second-biggest title behind “Crocodile Dundee.”

‘Amistad’ disappoints

Down below decks, the frame was marked by some mixed blessings for Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” a fairly jaunty take-off for “Face/Off” in Japan and less than stellar foreign preems by “Jackie Brown” and “Great Expectations.”

“Amistad” grossed a healthy $1.2 million in five days on 287 in France, a mediocre $945,000 in three days on 220 in the U.K., a soft $557,000 in four days on 207 in Germany, and a so-so $623,000 in two days on 121 in Japan. In Australia, Spielberg’s epic abated by 22% for a lackluster $541,000 in 11 days.

In its last major engagement, John Woo’s ” Face/Off” entered Japan with $2.1 million on 181, bigger than “Con Air’s” opener and on a par with “The Rock.” The cume is $120.7 million.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” launched in Spain with $523,000 on 124, while “Great Expectations” clocked $352,000 on 89 in Italy.

Spain ‘Gets’ it

“As Good As It Gets” delivered a jolly $996,000 on 176 in Spain and $146,000 on 28 in New Zealand. All told, Jim Brooks’ comedy scooped up $6.5 million on 1,529 screens in 19 markets, cuming $26.1 million. Best perfs to date are Australia’s $6.6 million, Germany’s $6.2 million, Italy’s $3 million and France’s $2.5 million in 12 days (falling 29%).

Frank Oz’s “In & Out” sashayed into France with a lively $2 million on 220 and Belgium at $202,000 on 27.

“Alien Resurrection” had robust bows in Hong Kong ($916,000 on 31), South Africa and Portugal, and its cume climbed to $80.9 million.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Starship Troopers” collected a sturdy $845,000 on 134 in Brazil and an unexceptional $534,000 on 180 in Italy; the cume is $54.7 million.

Ridley Scott’s “G.I. Jane” landed in Germany with a solid $1.1 million on 255 and Belgium at $291,000 on 33; its estimated foreign total is $45.3 million.

‘Brisk ‘Hunting’

Early in its foreign roll-out, Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting” opened briskly in Belgium, Finland and Iceland, and had good soph sessions in Germany ($1.8 million to date) and Brazil ($1.1 million).

“Red Corner” posted respectable debuts Down Under ($447,000 on 129) and Taiwan ($338,000 on 49). Jim Sheridan’s “The Boxer” took a moderate $236,000 on 76 in Italy and plunged by a worrying 40% in Spain for $1.1 million in 10 days.

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