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Arnold rules foreign B.O.

'Days' sets record in Taiwan, 'Tarzan' hits $200 mil o'seas

In a patchy holiday frame at the overseas box office, “End of Days,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “Tarzan” were the stars, while “Bicentennial Man” and “Stuart Little” got their foreign campaigns off to a fine start.

While many majors’ offices were closed and data is incomplete, “End of Days” opened huge in Australia, with an estimated $2.3 million.

Sony’s “Bicentennial Man” opened in second place in Oz with $1.3 million from 220 screens, ahead of “Bowfinger” (estimated at $1.1 million) and “Snow Falling on Cedars.”

Unseasonably cool and cloudy weather made for busy weekend biz Down Under, but that didn’t save “Muppets From Space” from a soft run. The weather did give BVI’s “Inspector Gadget” its best perf of the frame with $1.3 million from 241 prints, compared with a soft $313,000 from 101 Italian sites and poor showings in Poland ($22,500), Denmark ($13,000) and India ($9,000).

Sony’s “Stuart Little” sneaked No. 1 bows in South Africa (ahead of “Runaway Bride” with $216,715 on 80 prints), Singapore ($325,924 on 20) and Malaysia ($164,785 from 38). Pic had a great holdover from last week’s foreign bow in Mexico, where it holds second place behind “Toy Story 2.” “Pokemon” bowed with an estimated $552,968 from 386, while “The World Is Not Enough” scored an estimated $735,165, becoming 1999’s 16th film to pass the $100 million mark.

BVI’s “End of Days” (overseas cume: $56.8 million) set records for an Arnold Schwarzenegger release with the largest December bow ever in Taiwan, $780,000 from 18 prints. It also debuted at the top in Japan (with a key-cities estimated figure of $2 million), at the expense of holdover “Tarzan” (overseas cume: $202.5 million), which became Disney’s seventh toon to pass $200 million overseas. The jungle guy retained the top spot in France.

Despite a ban by the Thai government, Fox’s “Anna and the King” (overseas cume: $7.7 million) improved on its initially poor overseas form in Asia. In addition to continuing perky biz in Singapore and Malaysia (where pic lensed), “Anna” grossed $705,604 and $432,453 from 27 and 17 palaces in Hong Kong and Taiwan, respectively.

Sony’s “Blue Streak” (overseas cume: $31.8 million) debuted in third place behind “The World Is Not Enough” and “Tarzan” in both Belgium ($309,881 from 39 cinemas) and the U.K. (with a first-day figure of $442,160 from 286 screens).

In Germany, stayer “The World Is Not Enough” remained in the top spot ahead of fellow holdovers “Tarzan” and “End of Days.”

BVI’s “Toy Story 2” (overseas cume: $23.5 million) laffed Colombia’s second-largest animated bow ever behind “A Bug’s Life,” with $321,000 from 72 houses. Sony’s “Joan of Arc” (overseas cume: $10 million) nursed $36,000 from 30 copies in Norway, and Fox’s “Fight Club” (overseas cume: $47.6 million) boxed $194,083 from 39 Swedish screens.

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