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’60 Seconds’ nears $100 mil o’seas

Most of Europe putters along in first gear

A high-octane launch by “Gone in Sixty Seconds” energized Japan last weekend, “What Lies Beneath” stood up to be counted in Brazil, and “Hollow Man” registered well in a slew of markets, while biz in most of Europe puttered along in first gear.

Buena Vista Intl. hailed the $3.4 million hauled in by “Sixty Seconds” in two days on 258 screens as its third-highest live-action debut ever in Japan, behind “Armageddon” and “Air Force One.”

All told, the car-theft caper pic stole $7.1 million over the weekend, propelling its cume to $97.9 million; it’s a couple of days away from becoming the 12th hit to cross $100 million this calendar year.

Nicolas Cage vehicle finally dislodged “Mission: Impossible 2” from top spot after nine weeks at No. 1 in Japan, where it’s amassed a socko $84 million; the Tom Cruise starrer’s foreign cume is $298.5 million.

Submarine saga “U-571” surfaced in Japan in second place, taking a sturdy $853,000 on 33 in the nine key cities (nationwide figure wasn’t available), but pic was a distant fifth entering Paris.

After respectable runs in Southeast Asia, the Robert Zemeckis-helmed “What Lies Beneath” scored $1.5 million on 255 in Brazil, Fox’s fourth-biggest bow there and the industry’s seventh best of all time. The Harrison Ford/Michelle Pfeiffer starrer overshadowed “Shanghai Noon,” which lassoed a tame $220,000 on 70 in Brazil, where Jackie Chan isn’t a big draw; “Noon’s” cume is $32.8 million.

Visible results

“Hollow Man” commanded pole position in its preems in Argentina ($701,000 on 70), Hong Kong ($622,000 on 33), Turkey ($286,000 on 45), Malaysia ($196,000 on 39), Israel, Poland and South Africa, but had to settle for No. 2 in Sweden ($334,000 on 74).

Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fier unmasked $6 million over the weekend, hoisting cume to $17.5 million, highlighted by Spain’s strapping $5.2 million in 10 days (off 36%).

“Scary Movie” rang up a superb $3.6 million in three days on 426 in the U.K., plus about $600,000 from the prior weekend’s previews, and dipped by an acceptable 30% in Australia, where it’s nabbed $3.1 million in 11 days. After nine days in Japan, “Scary” has conjured up a so-so $2.5 million; cume is $17 million from 12 territories.

Guy Ritchie’s crime caper “Snatch” abated by 33% after a stellar bow in the U.K., snaring a terrif $9.8 million in 10 days.

“The Perfect Storm” reached $118.8 million, powered by Belgium’s $452,000 on 61 and Holland’s $416,000 from 95. Distrib said the overall market in Holland fell by 25% over the weekend, affected by very sunny weather.

“X-Men” catapulted to $85.6 million on the back of a $6.3 million frame, including lively but not exceptional launches in Denmark ($329,000 on 60) and Norway ($261,000 on 56); the superheroes plunged by 57% in Germany, taking a still-impressive $8.3 million in 11 days.

In its first major-market engagement, “Coyote Ugly” fetched a fair $1.2 million on 536 in Germany; it was relatively stronger across the border in Austria, coining $320,000 on 62.

Fox’s laffer “Big Momma’s House” landed Down Under with a fair $905,000 on 278; cume is $42.8 million.

Gaul into ‘Space’

“Space Cowboys” delivered a $1.3 million payload from 431 screens in France, ranking No. 1, a creditable result considering multiplex business was severely disrupted by strikes and road blockades.

The elderly astronauts eased by 20% in soft trading in Italy, where the B.O. in southern parts was impacted by floods, harvesting a solid $1 million in 10 days. “Me Myself & Irene” cycled into Italy with $773,000 on 275 — no great shakes, but enough to be No. 1. It stumbled, however, in South Korea with $162,000 on 65; cume is $34.5 million.

“Keeping the Faith” seduced an OK $425,000 on 150 in Mexico; cume is $15.7 million.

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