Plentiful harvest

'Truman,' 'Ryan,' help autumn B.O. o'seas

The buoyant fall season abroad went up a couple of notches last weekend as “The Truman Show” had high-rating foreign preems, “Saving Private Ryan” conquered Japan and “Godzilla” closed in on $200 million.

Adding juice to the frame, “There’s Something About Mary” captivated Britain, “Rush Hour” stormed through Asia and “The Horse Whisperer” was a crowd-pleaser in Germany.

In the testosterone stakes, “Lethal Weapon 4” cruised past its $125 million domestic cume to $128.2 million, while “Armageddon” surged to $218.3 million after earning $4.5 million from holdovers.

Peter Weir’s “Truman Show” snared $1.94 million in three days on 173 screens in Italy and $1.89 million in four days on 241 in Australia; in the latter, distrib UIP’s eighth-best opener ever and the territory’s fourth-highest this year after “Deep Impact,” “Armageddon” and “Dr. Dolittle.”

In both markets, the allegorical pic succeeded in drawing Jim Carrey’s hardcore fans as well as upmarket auds who usually are attracted to Weir’s films.

Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic pulled $3.4 million in two days on 243 in Japan and $240,000 on 40 in Finland. Demonstrating formidable holding power in Europe, the Tom Hanks starrer has fetched $16 million after 17 days in the U.K. (easing 17%), $3.8 million in 10 days in Spain (off by a negligible 1%), $1.8 million after 11 days in Hong Kong and $1.3 million after ditto in the Netherlands (slipping 4%).

All told, “Private Ryan” marshaled $10.8 million from 1,486 screens in 12 territories, elevating the cume to $39.8 million.

‘Godzilla’ chomps on

“Godzilla” climbed to $198.5 million (a day or two away from topping $200 million) after devouring $11.8 million from 3,376 screens in 32 markets.

The big lizard smashed Columbia TriStar opening records in Sweden with $834,000 on 126 (beating “Men in Black” by 18%) and Portugal at $280,500 on 62 (eclipsing the same title by 49%).

Roland Emmerich’s opus held relatively well in its second laps in France for $10.6 million (down 36%) and in Italy at $6.9 million (sliding 33%).

“There’s Something About Mary” bowed in the U.K. with $3.4 million on 315, not a record-breaker but ahead of like-minded comedies “Dumb and Dumber” and “Ace Ventura.” The Farrelly brothers’ laffer grossed a merry $431,000 on 55 in Argentina (20th Century Fox’s seventh-highest preem there), a pretty good $360,000 on 49 in South Korea and a fine $272,000 on 36 in Norway.

A $6 million weekend in 10 markets pushed the cume to $14.7 million, highlighted by Australia’s $6.1 million through the fourth round and Brazil’s $1.9 million in its soph sesh (shrinking by just 13%).

The Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker caper “Rush Hour” minted a uniformly beefy $691,000 in two days on 50 in Taiwan, $520,000 in four days on 30 in Singapore, $393,000 in three days on 110 in Thailand and $308,000 in six days on 35 in Malaysia.

New Line stablemate “Lost in Space” beamed into Germany and Austria with a lively $1.9 million on 578 screens and its cume hit $44.4 million. The U.K. is the standout at $17.3 million, followed by Australia’s $6 million, Spain’s $3.2 million and South Korea’s $2.7 million.

‘Horse’ gallops in Europe

After barely reaching a canter in Asia, “The Horse Whisperer” is earning its spurs in Europe. Robert Redford’s romantic drama coined a strapping $3.5 million on 499 in Germany (the industry’s fourth-highest launch this year behind “Armageddon,” “Godzilla” and the latest “Lethal Weapon”), a moderate $237,000 on 42 in Austria and $135,000 on 40 in Denmark.

The Buena Vista Intl. release corralled $6.5 million in 29 markets and advanced to $37.8 million, led by France’s $9.8 million after its fourth lap (remarkably jumping 11%) and Australia’s $5.7 million.

“Mulan” delivered a fairly promising $1 million on 189 in Japan, 25% up on “Pocahontas’ ” entry and 75% better than “Hercules,” neither of which was big there. The cume is $43.5 million ahead of its Oct. 16 bow in the U.K. and its November rollout in the rest of Europe.

“The Mask of Zorro” raked in $1.9 million on 684 screens from holdovers and fair debuts in South Africa and Israel; the cume is $12 million from 13 countries, including a dashing $3.3 million after its second turn in Mexico (off 25%).

“Dr. Dolittle” climbed to $84.6 million and clocked an OK $178,000 on 39 in Denmark and $174,000 on 40 in New Zealand. Italy has contributed a terrif $5.3 million and Spain has $4.9 million after its third outing.

Acceptable ‘Avengers’

“The Avengers” had respectable bows in Spain ($825,000 on 149) and Mexico ($349,000 on 225) and its cume topped $23 million from 21 markets.

Richard Donner’s “Lethal Weapon 4” nabbed $4.1 million in 34 countries and fell by an acceptable 29% in the U.K., amassing $6.8 million in 10 days, and by 36% in its third in Australia, tallying $4.4 million.

“City of Angels” ascended to $87.5 million, paced by Japan’s stellar $9.2 million in its third flight and Italy’s $2.5 million. “Species 2” took an underwhelming $327,000 in five days on 80 in Japan, consistent with its dismal foreign campaign which has yielded $14.3 million to date.

“The X-Files” movie moved up to $68.3 million from holdovers and decent debuts in five markets including Hong Kong and Russia; it’s yet to unspool in France and Japan.

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