‘Trek’ transports coin in strong o’seas sesh

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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