'Anna' less than regal o'seas

“The World Is Not Enough,” “Tarzan,” “End of Days” and “Pokemon” were the stars of the pre-Christmas overseas box office frame.

The early foreign returns on Fox’s “Anna and the King,” however, appear to be as lackluster as its $5.2 million weekend domestic bow.

Fox’s “Anna and the King” was less than regal in mustering less than $3 million in 14 ragged foreign preems. Best of the bunch was Spain’s $819,901 from 249 sites, plummeting to the U.K.’s $514,641 from 301 houses, Australia’s $363,878 from 147 prints, Argentina’s $185,100 from 65 copies, Chile’s $54,879 from 25 cinemas, Colombia’s $81,700 from 40 screens and Portugal’s $58,131 from 30 theaters.

But the Jodie Foster starrer did click with top spot bows in Malaysia (where it was filmed) and Singapore with $277,973 and $308,934 from 44 and 33 dates respectively.

With a cume of $180.5 million, “Tarzan” is poised to become BVI’s seventh animated pic to pass $200 million this decade. In an $11.8 million weekend, pic drew $1.6 million from 242 copies in Japan, where CTSI’s “Random Hearts” (cume: $26.8 million) landed just $399,000 from 104 ports, while New Line’s “Legend of the Pianist” (cume: $1.7 million) played an excellent $569,906 from 73 pianos.

After a $15.5 million weekend, UIP’s “The World Is Not Enough” is poised to become the 16th movie of 1999 to pass the century mark. Pic’s cume is at $98.3 million after a top spot bow in South Korea ($567,189 from 58 screens) and UIP’s second-biggest bow of 1999 in Hong Kong ($652,784 from 31), while pic also nabbed $251,927 from 54 venues in Indonesia and $46,024 from six in Croatia.

In its foreign preem, New Line’s “The Bachelor” mustered a lonely $208,125 from 132 pads in Spain, while “Stuart Little” posted CTSI’s third-largest bow in Mexico in its overseas bow, taking $332,000 on its first day on 323 screens and WB’s “Pokemon” grabbed top spot in Australia and New Zealand, with $1.3 million and $185,602 from 193 and 50 prints, respectively.

In a $5.8 million weekend, BVI’s “Toy Story 2” (cume: $13.5 million) posted Mexico’s third-biggest bow ever (behind “Godzilla” and “Tarzan”) with $2.7 million from 521 locales and Brazil and South Korea’s second-best animated bow (behind “Tarzan”) with $649,000 and $578,000 from 248 and 53 prints, respectively. Also in Brazil, CTSI’s “Joan of Arc” (cume: $6.4 million) nursed $228,000 from 74 houses.

In Europe, BVI’s “Inspector Gadget” (cume: $28.8 million) tricked a somewhat tepid $1.4 million from 448 houses in the U.K., where there was a 48% drop for BVI’s “End of Days,” which spooked a great $600,000 from 35 Hong Kong houses and opened second spot in France behind stayer “Tarzan.”

UIP’s “Mystery Man” had appalling forays in France, Spain and Singapore ($57,654, $11,862 and $61,076 from 129, 28 and 18 screens, respectively), while CTSI’s “Muppets From Space” didn’t raise many laughs in Germany or Spain, stringing just $131,000 and $50,000 from 295 and 61 screens, respectively. In Germany, where the best opener was local pic “Kaept’n Blaubaer,” UIP’s “The Out-of-Towners” (cume: $4.7 million) stiffed with $292,746 from 123 houses.

WB’s “Deep Blue Sea” (cume: $79.6 million) munched top spot in Spain with $1.2 million from 248 pools, where UIP’s “Bowfinger” (cume: $19.6 million) took a so-so $456,227 from 168 screens while stiffing in Sweden and Thailand.

UIP’s “The General’s Daughter” (cume: $40.6 million) marshaled a so-so $521,706 from 136 houses in Italy, behind local pics “Vacanze Di Natale 2000,” “Il Pesce Innamorato” and “Runaway Bride” in top spot.

UIP’s “Double Jeopardy” (cume: $2 million) wowed $173,617 from 28 venues in Israel, where Fox’s “The Fight Club” (cume has just passed domestic on $43.2 million) bruised $110,388 from 24 cellars.

UPI’s “Guesthouse Paradiso” greeted a poor $88,953 from 49 Dutch houses, but managed a better $66,304 from 14 sites in Belgium, where stablemate “Being John Malkovich” (cume: $1.8 million) laffed an excellent $57,589 from eight portals, while Summit’s “American Pie” (cume: $62.3 million) grossed a great $498,808 from 42 schools in Norway.

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