Brings in as much as 50% of total biz

While “Titanic” steamed through its fourth — and record-breaking — weekend in the U.S., James Cameron’s epic was making even bigger waves abroad, pulling in an awesome $31.3 million on 2,965 screens in 21 territories.

The romantic drama gave 20th Century Fox Intl. its second-biggest debuts — behind the phenom “Independence Day” — in a bunch of territories, led by France’s $8.1 million on 554 screens (devouring 42% of the entire Paris B.O.), Germany’s $7.8 million on 686 (a 50% market share) and Spain’s $2.8 million on 265.

Fox said the pic was No. 1 in all 21 territories and reported SRO biz at many locations; the emotional fervor was so great in Paris, one 16-year-old patron fainted during the screening.

“Titanic” posted equally dazzling bows in Belgium ($1.2 million on 86), Switzerland ($992,000 on 56), Austria ($957,000 on 103) and Indonesia ($347,000 on 85). The cume rocketed to $88.3 million and will surge past $100 million later this week.

Among its standout perfs are Japan’s $27.7 million, Australia’s $12.3 million, Hong Kong’s $6.2 million, Taiwan’s $5.5 million and Mexico’s $5.3 million in 11 days after an unprecedented first week.

Rounding out a memorable weekend overseas, “Tomorrow Never Dies” minted $10.9 million and its cume soared to $134.6 million; “The Jackal” terrorized the U.K. and Australia; and “Spice World” had a jaunty preem Down Under.

The new 007 set opening records for the Bond franchise in Greece ($336,000 on 18, also an all-time high for UIP), Poland ($173,000 on 41) and Yugoslavia ($72,000 on 11). The big earners are the U.K.’s $27.9 million, Germany’s $26.2 million, France’s $20.2 million and Australia and Spain, both at $6.4 million.

“The Jackal” killed the opposition in the U.K., nabbing $2.3 million on 288, and in Oz came in at No. 2 behind “Titanic” with $1.4 million on 112. The cume from nine territories is $24.6 million, led by Brazil’s $4.7 million after two weeks and Mexico’s $2.7 million in 17 days.

The Spice Girls’ visit Down Under generated huge publicity and a sturdy $604,000 in four days on 113. The pic’s cume in 10 territories handled by Polygram is $22.8 million, including an excellent $12.9 million in 17 days in the U.K., a mediocre $2.8 million in 19 days in France and a fair $2.3 million in 11 days in Germany (off 36%). “Mouse Hunt” eased by just 20% in Oz, tallying a lively $3 million in 11 days.

There’s still plenty of juice left in holdovers “Men in Black,” which climbed to $326.6 million, propelled by Japan’s $31.6 million through the sixth lap; “Hercules,” which reached $146 million; and “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which hit $148.2 million, driven chiefly by Italy’s $10.3 million after the fourth weekend.

“George of the Jungle” swung into Brazil with $1 million on 122 and its cume rose to $44.7 million. Buena Vista Intl. stablemate “Starship Troopers” invaded Holland with $553,000 on 70 — BVI’s third-highest live-action bow there behind “Ransom” and “Die Hard With a Vengeance.” However, the sci-fi actioner tumbled by 41% in the U.K. (rattled by “The Jackal”) for $7.1 million in 10 days; cume in 13 territories is $17.6 million.

“Seven Years in Tibet” is proving to be a real stayer with $79.8 million in the till, highlighted by Germany’s $14.5 million, France’s $14 million, Japan’s $12 million, Italy’s $9.5 million and Spain’s $8 million.

“Alien Resurrection” moved up to $61.8 million after snaring $801,000 on 51 in South Korea, a company record for Fox Intl. Warner’s “Devil’s Advocate” notched fair-to-good bows in South Africa, Denmark and Thailand and harvested $4.5 million in 19 markets, bringing the total to $20.6 million. It unspools this weekend in the U.K., France, Holland and Switzerland.

Polygram’s “Bean” tickled Argentina to the tune of $302,000 on 59; cume is $172.9 million. Stablemate “The Game” edged up to $37.7 million after a snappy start in Greece and a poor outing in Malaysia.

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