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Asteroid still soaring, 'StormRiders' storms

“Thank God the summer slump has passed,” said one happy German booker last week, reflecting widespread satisfaction among exhibs overseas. This encompassed U.S. blockbusters and foreign fare.

Reigning as the top title abroad last week was “Armageddon,” which pulled in a socko $20.2 million on 2,371 screens in 20 territories, hiking the cume to $69.5 million. It set opening records for Buena Vista Intl. in Mexico with $3.3 million in six days on 401 screens and Malaysia at $700,000 on 60.

BVI’s juggernaut in France hit $1.5 million on 635 screens Aug. 5, eased 8% in Germany for $23.9 in three weeks and 18% in Spain, notching $6.9 million in 20 days. South Korea has delivered $8.4 million.

Tops among the more local fare: Golden Harvest’s f/x-laden actioner “The StormRiders” continues on a tear, grabbing $4.5 million after three weeks in Hong Kong, $1 million after its second on just 50 screens in China, $793,000 in Malaysia and $646,000 after seven days on 27 screens plus three days of previews in Singapore.

‘Lethal Weapon’

The latest in the “Lethal Weapon” franchise commandeered $14.6 million from 1,691 screens in 16 countries, and its cume topped $28 million.

It nabbed $2.7 million in five days on 153 in Japan, $1.1 million on 105 in Sweden, $1.1 million in five days on 40 in South Korea, $836,000 in eight on 92 in the Philippines, and $344,000 in six on 73 in South Africa.

“Deep Impact’s” Japan impact earned $1.6 million in its seventh weekend on 207. The foreign cume is a lofty $163.2 million.

Nippon animated hit “Pocket Monsters” has trousered $22.7 million in 19 days in Japan, where “The Jackal” collected a solid $11.6 million in six weeks, sending its cume to $104.4 million.

“Godzilla” climbed to an estimated $105 million with more than $10.5 million on 2,236 screens in 23 territories.

Roland Emmerich’s extravaganza has amassed $22.5 million after 26 days in Japan (falling 17%); $21 million after 20 days in the U.K. (tumbling 51%); $9.6 million in Mexico; and $6.6 million in Brazil.

In the U.K., “Dr. Dolittle” rang up $8.4 million in six days on 379, including sneaks, for $34.6 million in 12 territories.

“Lost in Space” blasted off in Blighty with a stellar $7.5 million in six days on 513, including previews (a company record for distrib Entertainment).

New Line’s “Space” rocketed to $29.5 million, including a solid $2.8 million in Spain, $1.6 million in Brazil and $1.1 million in Hong Kong.

‘Sliding Doors’

Romantic comedy “Sliding Doors” had a charmed first week in Australia, bringing the cume with previews to a sublime $3.2 million.

Fox’s “X-Files” took a 56% second-week plunge Down Under but beamed into South Korea with a fine $775,000 in five days on 56 for $6.4 million from six markets.

“City of Angels” reached $51.5 million, buoyed by a $7 million frame on 1,461 screens in 24 countries. Warners’ romance bowed brightly in Norway and Denmark and has a hearty $6.2 million after two weeks in Germany and $2.8 million in 13 days in Spain.

“Titanic” is still earning tidy sums from seven markets and its cume hit $1.185 billion.

“The Horse Whisperer” galloped into New Zealand with a snappy $220,000 in six days on 34, and its 10-territory cume reached $9.8 million.

“Mulan” ascended to $31.8 million overseas.

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