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Lizard, 'Lethal' & 'Ryan' top strong frame

“Godzilla,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Lethal Weapon 4” led a busy weekend at the overseas box office, putting up solid battles against exceptionally good weather in Europe, while BVI’s “Armageddon” (foreign cume: $211 million) passed the $400 million mark worldwide.

Warner Bros’ “Lethal Weapon 4” (cume: $121.5 million) took a good $3.4 million from 390 U.K. prints (17% better than the bow of “Die Hard 3”), but failed to knock UIP sophomore “Saving Private Ryan” from the top spot.

“Ryan” (cume: $22.1 million) had a terrific weekend with seven great bows, lead by a top spot bow in Spain, with $1.5 million from 220 prints, easily outrunning fellow freshman “Jane Austen’s Mafia,” which nabbed $335,000 on 150.

“Ryan” wowed Hong Kong and Singapore, with $848,767 and $354,055 from 28 and 25 prints, respectively, and shot a cool $537,982 on 65 screens in Argentina. Other bows included Hungary and South Africa, with $95,889 and $148,229 from 22 and 59 prints, respectively.

Lizard matters

In a $16 million weekend, Columbia TriStar’s “Godzilla” stomped five top-spot Euro bows as its foreign tally slithered to nearly $181 million and looks a safe bet to pass $200 million by the end of the month.

Best perf was a $5.9 million bow in 615 theaters in France (for CTSI’s third biggest bow there after “Men in Black” and “Terminator 2”), crushing Polygram’s “I Want You,” which managed just $30,234 from 28 prints.

The big lizard set CTSI records in Belgium ($850,882 from 71 prints) and Italy, with $3.2 million from 436 screens for that nation’s third biggest bow behind “Independence Day” and local flick “Fuochi D’Artificio.”

Ditto in Norway and Turkey, with $461,097 and $366,086 from 61 and 65 copies, respectively.

“Godzilla” held top spot in its second lap in Germany and Austria, where UIP’s “Out of Sight” was best freshman with $1.5 million from 325 prints.

“Godzilla” also holds top spot in Cyprus, where Warner Bros’ “City of Angels” (which has just passed its domestic tally with a foreign cume of $86 million) came within 11% of the Lizard with $26,093 from three houses.

Fox’s “There’s Something About Mary” (six-nation cume: $7.5 million) worked its charms on Latin America and Asia, toplined by deposing sophomore “Ryan” from the top spot in Brazil, with $929,892 from 155 houses (where Jean Claude Van Damme’s “Knock Off” kicked $604,866 from 172 screens). “Mary” also laffed $73,835 from 30 sites in Colombia (where “Snake Eyes” took $84,000 from 32 prints) and $73,403 from 16 Chilean cinemas, while sniggering an excellent $288,061 from 25 screens in Singapore.

CTSI’s “The Mask of Zorro” (cume: $8.3 million) stabbed top spot bows in Mexico and the Philippines, with $1.2 million and $692,054 from 422 and 95 houses respectively and was CTSI’s second biggest bow ever behind “Godzilla” in both markets.

New Line’s “Rush Hour” had a fine foreign preem in Malaysia, taking top spot with $261,521 from 35 cinemas, while nabbing $129,930 from previews on 30 Singaporean screens.

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