Summer sizzles o’seas

Lizard passes $90 mil, meteor burns up B.O.

Leading the charge in another sublime summer session overseas, “Godzilla,” “Armageddon,” “Lethal Weapon 4” and “City of Angels” collectively minted more than $56 million last week.

Toss in “The X-Files’ ” nifty debuts in Australia, South Africa and Holland, “Mulan’s” charmed B.O. run and Hong Kong action-adventure “The Stormriders’ ” potent launches in China and Malaysia, and many exhibs were in clover.

“Godzilla” hauled in about $19 million from holdovers in 23 territories, propelling the foreign cume to an estimated $90 million.

Expect the big lizard to hit $100 million this week, but figuring out where the epic is likely to finish abroad won’t be clear until the fall, when it invades continental Europe.

In Japan, Roland Emmerich’s opus held fairly well in its third lap after a 50% fall in its second weekend, amassing $18.5 million in 19 days. The U.K. has delivered a strapping $17.4 million in 13 days, followed by Australia’s $8 million and Mexico’s $7 million.Mimi Leder’s “Deep Impact” is showing terrific legs in Japan, scooping up $29.8 million in 27 days; the DreamWorks/Paramount pic’s cume towers at $158.8 million.

“Armageddon” raked in $17.7 million from 1,947 screens in 15 markets for Buena Vista Intl., spurring its cume to $47.6 million. This meteor seems headed for well north of $200 million abroad.

Michael Bay’s sci-fier posted the second-highest bow in industry history in Taiwan (behind “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”), notching $1.6 million in six days on 18 screens, and shattered BVI records in Norway ($720,000 in six days on 50; the fifth-highest entry of all time) and Poland ($760,000 in six days on 71, more than double “The Rock’s” launch).

In South Korea, “Armageddon” has stashed away $7.5 million in 25 days after becoming the fastest film in history to sell 1 million tickets in just 10 days.

“Lethal Weapon 4” set a Warner Bros. opening record in France and collared $7.5 million in eight days on 634 prints.

All told, the Mel Gibson/Danny Glover vehicle arrested about $12 million from 1,158 screens in nine countries; the cume is $13.3 million.

“City of Angels” divined about $7.6 million from 1,419 screens in 20 territories, paced by very good debuts in Germany ($3.1 million on 344), Spain ($1.4 million in six days on 154) and Argentina ($396,000 on 30).

“Angels” conjured up $1.1 million from its debuts in Austria, German-speaking Switzerland and Portugal, and the cume levitated to a creditable $42.6 million.

“The X-Files” drew plenty of fans of the TV series Down Under, clocking $2.2 million on 247, 20th Century Fox Intl.’s fifth-best opener ever, just behind the “Star Wars” reissue.

Terrif word of mouth and the continuing school vacation in South Korea spurred “Mulan” to $2.1 million in 11 days. Released in 16 markets, Disney’s pic has captured $27.9 million.

Wes Craven’s “Scream 2” hit $55.1 million, driven by France’s frightfully good $9.5 million in three weeks.

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