Trio takes o’seas

'Toy,' 'World,' 'Days' soar; 'Witch,' 'Wild' set records

BVI’s foreign debutante “Toy Story 2” along with UIP’s “The World Is Not Enough” and “End of Days” dominated the overseas box office as the competition mostly ducked for cover, while “The Blair Witch Project” and “Wild Wild West” eyed important milestones.

In Japan, “Wild Wild West,” which bowed in second place behind stayer “The Sixth Sense,” was poised to become the 15th film to pass the $100 million marker overseas this year.

With a cume of $62.7 million, the worldwide tally of “The Blair Witch Project” (which Summit is handling overseas) pushed across the $200 million mark, as it spooked an excellent $238,038 from 25 screens in Denmark, a healthy $148,514 on 24 in South Africa and a hearty $600,000 on 77 Argentine screens.

“The World Is Not Enough” (cume: $50.7 million) staged eight No. 1 debuts, each of them the biggest Bond preems ever, toplined by a wow bow in France (home turf of co-star Sophie Marceau), where it was UIP’s best launch of the year and was 17% bigger than “The Mummy.”

The James Bond film nabbed a cool $2.3 million from 82 Swiss screens (43% higher than “Jurassic Park”); $1 million from 102 venues in Holland; and $977,151 from 66 cinemas in Belgium.

“World” also packed them in Finland, with $804,887 from 45 sites (that nation’s second biggest bow after “Independence Day”); $1.1 million from 61 copies in Norway (UIP’s best bow there this year); and $532,396 from 44 sites in Portugal (UIP’s best 1999 bow there).

Bond also shot $200,881 in its first day on 79 screens in Sweden

In one of the frame’s few head-to-head competitions, “End of Days” beat Bond in Spain, but neither actioner beat the mighty “Tarzan,” which is holding on to the top spot.

BVI’s “End of Days” (cume: $21.7 million) had five No. 1 bows. In Germany, “Days” repped Schwarzenegger’s second-biggest launch after “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

“End of Days” took $840,000 from 73 houses in Schwarzenegger’s homeland of Austria (equaling his previous record of “Terminator 2”) and $1.9 million from 337 Brazilian screens. In South Korea, “Days” nabbed $1.6 million from 73 houses for that nation’s biggest debut of the year, Schwarzenegger’s best perf and BVI’s second largest ever behind “Armageddon.”

“Toy Story 2” (cume: $3.9 million) got off to a fine foreign start with five No. 1 preems, grabbing the second-biggest animation bow ever Down Under

It set a record for animated-pic openings in Singapore, with $542,000 from 31 prints, while drawing $243,000 from 42 houses in Malaysia, doubling its predecessor in Argentina with $725,000 from 114 screens and nabbing $165,000 from 44 places in New Zealand.

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