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Two smashing perfs

'Godzilla,' 'Deep' leave impact on o'seas B.O.

Monster perfs by “Godzilla” in Australia and Singapore together with smash bows by “Deep Impact” and very good international preems by “The Horse Whisperer” gave the early summer B.O. overseas a much-needed tonic last weekend.

But hot, sunny weather — the cinema’s enemy — and a scarcity of viable new releases depressed trading in many parts of Europe.

Sony’s big lizard wowed Australia with an estimated $2.3 million in previews in four days on 286 screens ahead of the Friday launch, as exhibs reported lots of SRO houses.

That ranks as Columbia TriStar’s second-highest initial weekend ever behind the opening of “Men in Black.”

Record in Singapore

Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla” set a company record in Singapore, chomping $754,000 on 40 screens for a total of $1 million, including the prior week-end’s sneaks. The opening itself was the fifth best in that territory behind “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Twister” and “Batman Forever.”

The epic fell by an acceptable 41% in its second frame in Malaysia, tallying $2 million, and abated by 37% in its third in Puerto Rico for $1.8 million thus far.

Paramount/DreamWorks’ “Deep Impact” snared $1.1 million in two days on 52 in Taiwan (UIP’s second-biggest bow behind “The Lost World”); $1.1 million in four days on 36 in Hong Kong (the No. 1 opening of this year); $959,000 in three days on 112 in Thailand, including previews; and $495,000 in four days on 35 in New Zealand.

Progressive totals include France’s fair $4 million in 12 days (tumbling by a worrying 47%), Belgium’s $1.1 million in 12 days (off 41%) and Norway’s solid $682,000 in 10 days. The estimated foreign cume is $76.1 million.

‘Whisperer’ shouts in Oz

Robert Redford’s “Horse Whisperer” galloped into Australia with a dandy $1.4 million in five days on 231, garnering good word-of-mouth and generally positive reviews. The Buena Vista Intl. release corralled a sturdy $306,000 on 100 in Brazil and a middling $90,000 on 19 in Israel.

Rookie “The Wedding Singer” added some fizz to a flat U.K weekend, dislodging holdover “Deep Impact” from top spot and raking in a jolly $1.6 million on 270.

New Line stablemate “Lost in Space” delivered a potent $596,000 in two days on 47 in South Korea (including previews) and a creditable $714,000 in 17 days in Thailand.

“I Know What You Did Last Summer” entered Korea with a feisty $331,000 on 24 screens and after a subdued start in Japan slid by just 6% for a respectable $660,000 in nine days on 63. Its cume is about $53 million.

‘Titanic’ stays afloat

The tireless “Titanic” pocketed $4.5 million from 2,103 screens in 26 territories and the cume hit $1.136 billion. Receipts in Japan topped $160 million after its 25th lap (remarkably, easing only 9%) and the score in China is $40.5 million.

“The Man in the Iron Mask” is headed for $100 million, standing Monday at $90.4 million after a solid $309,000 debut weekend on 36 in the Philippines.

Warner Bros.’ “City of Angels” materialized in Hong Kong with an O.K. $304,000 on 19 and in pole position in South Africa at $269,000 on 50. Early in its offshore campaign, the cume is $8.5 million.

Typifying sluggish biz in Europe, “Boogie Nights” stumbled in Germany, earning just $151,000 on 79 screens; its foreign cume is a tepid $13.8 million.

Domestic flop “Red Corner” isn’t redeeming itself abroad, taking a modest $564,000 in five days on 173 in France, $437,000 in three days on 149 in Italy, a soft $330,000 on three days on 126 in the U.K., and $167,000 in five days on 22 in Belgium. The cume is $11.4 million.

“The Replacement Killers” bombed in the U.K. and Italy (in the latter, it took a dismal $15,000 at 19 theaters) and its cume inched up to $16.1 million.

“Alien Resurrection” moved up to $109.2 million, “Good Will Hunting” reached $82.4 million, “Anastasia” peaked at $68 million, “Jackie Brown” touched $43.4 million, “Scream 2” got to $39.9 million and “U.S. Marshals” to $39 million.

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