‘Brock’ rocks o’seas

'Little' still on a roll; Gauls like to 'Scream'

“Erin Brockovich” and “Stuart Little” continued their march overseas last weekend while “Scream 3” thrilled Gallic auds and “The Beach” drew only a moderate number of Leonardo DiCaprio admirers in Japan.

Columbia TriStar Intl. estimated that “Erin Brockovich” fetched $12.5 million over the weekend, propelling cume to $44.1 million. The Julia Roberts starrer wowed Brazil, taking top spot with $955,000 on 263 prints, and held very well in its soph sessions in Australia ($4.8 million in 11 days, up 12%), Italy ($2.2 million in 10 days, abating by 27%) and Mexico ($2 million to date, off 17%). Steven Soderbergh’s pic has garnered $9.8 million apiece in the U.K. and Germany and $4.8 million in Spain, all through the third lap.

“Stuart Little” scampered into Germany with a fair $1.2 million on 700 screens and rose by 5% in its third round in Oz, where cume is a terrif $8.4 million. But the mouse tale is running out of legs in Italy with $2.4 million after its third. All told, “Stuart” bit off $7.8 million over the weekend and cume reached $72.5 million, Col TriStar calculated.

Miramax’s French distrib estimated that “Scream 3” stabbed $5.7 million in five days on 618 screens, selling 1.1 million tickets. But its performance is only ordinary in Japan, taking nearly $4 million after the fourth frame.

In its last major market, “The Beach” minted $2.5 million on 241 screens in Japan, below what Fox Intl. was hoping for based on DiCaprio’s vast following there. Japanese auds may have been influenced by the negative reviews and publicity that pummeled the pic in the U.S. and other markets.

But Danny Boyle’s meller has more than doubled its paltry $39.6 million domestic result overseas, racking up $86.5 million. Nearly 25% of that tally was generated in the U.K., where cume is $21.1 million. France has contributed a healthy $8.5 million, Mexico posted $3.4 million and Oz a so-so $3.3 million.

Early in its foreign campaign, “Romeo Must Die” grabbed $417,000 from 27 screens in Singapore, the biggest bow of the year to date and Warner’s fifth biggest of all time. Those stats look even more impressive considering that the B.O. in Singapore is tracking 28% below last year.

The Jet Li starrer stole $656,000 from 54 screens in Taiwan, capturing 50% of the top five titles’ biz in Taipei. “Romeo” pocketed a pleasing $340,000 in four days on 20 in Hong Kong and a sturdy $196,000 in two days on 69 in Manila plus a Wednesday sneak (all cinemas there were closed last Thursday and Friday).

In Malaysia, the actioner dropped by 69% but managed to maintain the No. 1 slot in its second weekend, cuming $525,000.

“The Tigger Movie” shot up by 45% in its second lap in the U.K. for a total of $3.3 million and eased by just 6% after a splendid preem in Mexico, tallying $2.9 million.

In Japan, “Toy Story 2” has just overtaken “The Lion King” to rank as Disney’s second-most popular animated hit, behind only “Aladdin.” Pic raked in $30.2 million through its seventh frame; foreign cume is $232.5 million.

Nearing the end of its four-month season at 20 Imax screens in 14 countries, “Fantasia/2000” has conjured up a hearty $13.4 million.

B.O. data was sketchy or non-existent as some 80% of the U.S. majors’ offices abroad were closed Monday for the Easter vacation.

Hence Warner Bros. Intl. had no figures on “Pokemon: The First Movie,” which probably was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the school holidays in Europe and Australia.

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