O’seas opulent

'Armageddon,' 'Mask' join $100 mil club

The Obon vacation in Japan sent B.O. receipts skyward, highlighting another buoyant weekend at cinemas overseas, paced by “Armageddon,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” “The X-Files” and “Dr. Dolittle.”

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. opened “The Avengers” day-and-date with domestic in the U.K., notching a ho-hum $1.5 million on 349 screens, a distant third behind heady holdovers “Armageddon” and “Dr. Dolittle.” The Ralph Fiennes/Uma Thurman romp also bowed in Sweden with a tepid $125,000 on 50.

The $100 million-plus grossers club swelled to eight with the additions of “Armageddon” (now towering at $118.5 million) and “The Man in the Iron Mask” ($103.3 million).

Michael Bay’s apocalyptic saga reigned again as the B.O. champ abroad, pulling $16.5 million from 3,518 screens in 29 territories.

The Bruce Willis-headliner smashed the all-time opening record in Thailand with $1.6 million on 185, beating “Godzilla’s” previous high by 60%, and clocked the third-best preem ever in Argentina at $942,000 on 120.

Milking meteor

Demonstrating remarkable holding power in its sophomore session, Buena Vista Intl.’s juggernaut has pocketed $11.6 million in the U.K. (no change) , $11.6 million in France (off a respectable 30%) and $4.7 million in Brazil (down 25%). This meteor appears headed for north of $250 million.

“Lethal Weapon 4” climbed to $55.3 million after milking a strapping $12.5 million from 2,946 screens in 26 countries.

Richard Donner’s cop caper collared $3.5 million on 693 prints in Germany (Warner Bros.’ second-highest debut behind “The Bodyguard”), $508,600 on 50 in Norway (a WB record and the territory’s third-best this year after “Titanic” and local animated pic “Gurine”) and $401,500 on 73 in Austria (Warner’s second-biggest after “Disclosure”).

‘Lethal’ injection

The Mel Gibson/Danny Glover vehicle rang up $897,000 from muscular debuts in German-speaking Switzerland, Poland, Turkey and Hungary, and has a solid $7 million after its fourth lap in Japan (up 27%), $1.7 million through the second in Mexico and $2.9 million after the third in South Korea. The top territory to date is France’s $14.5 million.

“The X-Files” rang up $1.1 million on 292 in Mexico (Fox’s third-highest entry ever after “Titanic” and “Independence Day”), $324,000 on 63 in the Philippines and $209,000 on 36 in Finland.

The TV-inspired sci-fier experienced typical second weekend falls after strong launches in Germany (tallying $7.7 million thus far, falling 42%) and Spain ($3.4 million, plunging 52%).

All told, Fox’s film minted $5.6 million in 13 territories and the cume levitated to $23.4 million.

Stablemate “Dr. Dolittle” amassed $5.1 million in 17 markets and its total hit $47.2 million. Eddy Murphy’s comedy preemed in France with a fair $1.5 million on 485 and delivered a fine $488,000 on 68 in Belgium and a combined $300,000 from Israel and Portugal.

The standouts are the U.K.’s $16.8 million after the third round (easing just 9%) and Australia’s $9.5 million.

“Six Days, Seven Nights” fetched $4.6 million from 842 screens in 20 territories, sending its cume to $31.6 million.

The Harrison Ford/Anne Heche romance grossed a handsome $1.9 million on 232 in Spain (the eighth-highest bow in history), a moderate $431,000 on 50 in South Korea and $251,000 on 40 in the Philippines.

Quiet scream

In Japan, “Scream 2” posted an underwhelming $627,000 on 76, perhaps not surprising as the original “Scream” wound with a modest $2.9 million there after its release was delayed amid concerns over a violent murder. “Scream 2’s” cume is $59.2 million.

The Obon vacation put more gas in “Titanic’s” tanks as the superliner spurted by 57% in its 35th voyage in Japan, scoring $925,000 on 183 screens, for a whammo cume of $181.9 million. That brings the foreign total to $1.191 billion.

“The Man in the Iron Mask” retained pole position in Japan, collecting a juicy $6.6 million in nine days (shrinking by 19%), while “Deep Impact” surged by 38%, racking up $2.6 million in its ninth lap for $41.1 million thus far in that market and $170.5 million overseas.

B.O. size

Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla” ascended to $120.7 million after earning $3.7 million on 1,387 screens, including $25.6 million in Japan (up 16%) and $1.5 million after its second lap in India.

In Australia, two homegrown titles had their world preems. Anna Kokkinos’ gritty urban drama “Head On” made a fair $175,000 on 23 screens, and Stephan Elliott’s vulgar comedy “Welcome to Woop Woop” took a soft $140,000 on 96.

Strong word of mouth carried “Sliding Doors” to $5.5 million after its third weekend Down Under, off 24%.

After a $2.2 million weekend, “City of Angels” topped $59 million, fueled by Germany’s stellar $8.7 million and Spain’s $4 million.

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