‘Ryan’ wins o’seas

''Godzilla,' 'Armageddon,' 'Lethal' going strong

It was D-Day revisited as “Saving Private Ryan” had triumphant victories in its first foreign sorties last week, while “Armageddon” rocketed past $200 million abroad and “Godzilla” took giant strides in Europe.

Steven Spielberg’s harrowing World War II pic amassed $12 million from seven territories, paced by the U.K., where it was the seventh-biggest opener ever for distrib UIP, easily beating previous Tom Hanks vehicles “Forrest Gump” and “Apollo 13.”

Spielberg’s drama notched UIP’s third-highest bow of all time in Mexico with $1.8 million in six days on 290 screens (behind “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Deep Impact”), and Brazil at $1.5 million in five days on 236 (trailing only “Lost World” and “Mission: Impossible”).

“Godzilla” conquered Germany, devouring $9.5 million on a massive 972 screens, 38% below Columbia TriStar’s record debutante “Men in Black,” and the industry’s seventh-highest preem.

“Armageddon” minted $12.1 million and raced past its domestic B.O. to $203.6 million: the first blockbuster released this year to crack $200 million. Michael Bay’s sci-fier is running hot in Italy with $7.1 million in 12 days.

“Lethal Weapon 4” charged into Australia as the third-highest opener for Warner Bros. behind “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin.” The Mel Gibson/Danny Glover caper collared $8 million in 37 countries — the cume hit $114.2 million.

Eddie Murphy’s “Dr. Dolittle” gave 20th Century Fox its fourth-best debut in Spain, bagging $2.3 million in six days on 233. The comedy has $77.5 million from 19 markets.

Oz loves ‘Mary’

In its first major market Down Under, “There’s Something About Mary” is showing similar holding power as in the U.S., abating by only 7% in its second week. “Mulan” ($41.4 million cume) slipped by 8% in its soph session in Oz ahead of the school vacation, which began over the weekend in two states.

Polygram’s London gangland saga “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels” was off by just 12% in the U.K., despite Spielberg’s invasion, stealing a juicy $8.6 million in 20 days.

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