U.K. B.O. sees 'State,' 'Prince,' 'Zorro,' 'Rush' rise

The Starship Enterprise beamed up sizzling debuts over the New Year’s weekend and got its foreign campaign off to a solid start in Germany, the U.K. and Australia.

UIP’s “Star Trek: Insurrection” wowed $5.7 million from 672 bases in a top spot German bow and $433,294 from 44 copies in Austria. In the U.K., “Star Trek” transported $4.5 million from 408 screens.

Also in the U.K., “Enemy of the State” rose 52%, “Prince of Egypt” (foreign cume: $67.3 million) hiked 83%, “Mask of Zorro” (cume: $123.2 million) increased 86% and “Rush Hour” (cume: $27.8 million) rose 48%.

Best of ‘Trek’

“Insurrection’s” top spot U.K. debut was about 16% greater than the bow of “Star Trek: First Contact,” which, as in Australia, is the best bow ever for the franchise.

Down Under, “Insurrection” benefited from a publicity tour by thesp Brent Spiner to exceed the previous installment by 8% with $1.3 million from 139 sites, beating $576,452 from 138 prints for Fox’s “Ever After” (cume: $14 million).

But fighting off the trekkies to retain top spot in its sophomore sesh was Warner’s “You’ve Got Mail” (cume: $10.2 million), which clicked a great $837,114 from 44 prints in South Korea to outperform “Sleepless in Seattle” by 76% in Seoul.

Brawny bows

Other foreign debutants included BVI’s “The Water Boy,” which splashed a top spot $239,000 from 34 New Zealand prints, UIP’s “Psycho,” which stabbed a good $192,373 from 20 Singapore screens, and New Line’s “Pleasantville,” which charmed a good $81,137 from seven Hong Kong sites.

UIP’s “Meet Joe Black” (cume: $14.3 million) was met with a less than spectacular $1.7 million from 363 French screens (behind stayers “Prince of Egypt” and “Mulan”), $315,426 from 54 prints in Belgium and $204,882 from 59 theaters in Argen-tina.

“Meet Joe Black’s” $193,630 from 51 South African sites and $458,866 from 161 Mexican houses came off second best to Fox’s “The Siege” (cume: $16.3 million), $819,873 from 227 Mexican screens and $237,526 from 74 South African houses.

The Brad Pitt starrer scored much healthier screen averages in Hong Kong, with $541,650 from 24 cinemas, in Switzerland with $189,419 from 15 prints and in Taiwan with $773,550 from 48 copies (ahead of $204,756 from 18 prints for CTSI’s “Stepmom”).

In Sweden, “Joe Black” took a so-so $115,792 from 30 sites, behind $369,362 from 51 houses for CTSI/Mandalay’s “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” (cume: $4.8 million), which spooked $128,258 from 42 Malaysian theaters.

State of ‘State’

BVI’s “Enemy of the State” (cume: $31.5 million) marshaled top spot bows in Thailand and Portugal (BVI’s second-best bow there behind “Ransom”), with $670,000 and $218,000 from 99 and 40 sites, respectively, while Polygram’s “Elizabeth” (cume: $19 million) royaled a good $80,736 from seven Greek houses.

BVI’s “Armageddon” rose 34% in Japan to retain top spot in its fourth lap. A local tally of $40 million makes it BVI’s top Nippon release, dethroning previous record holder “Pretty Woman,” while the foreign cume of $273.8 million has now passed Bruce Willis’ previous record of $265 million for “Die Hard 3.”

BVI’s “Mulan” had a great $9.7 million frame from continuing biz and as its cume hit $161.2 million, it became the seventh consecutive BVI animated pic to pass $150 million.

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