‘Green’ takes Japan

'Toy 2' still galloping o'seas toward $250 mil

While it didn’t win the Oscar pool, WB/UIP’s “The Green Mile” (cume: $67.2 million) staged a wow bow in Japan, marching into top spot with $4.3 million from 260 houses.

“The Green Mile,” which also marshaled $90,050 from 30 Thai theaters, pushed BVI’s “Toy Story 2” into second place in Japan. With a Nippon cume of $15.8 million in just three frames, “Toy 2” has already exceeded the entire takings of “A Bug’s Life” there. After animating $294,000 from 83 screens in South Africa, beating the original’s record as the nation’s best animation bow, “Toy 2’s” cume is $210.3 million. That makes it Disney’s fifth most popular animated pic in first release and puts it on course to pass $250 million.

Oscar’s golden child “American Beauty” (cume: $133.7 million) rose 27% in its ninth lap in top spot in Spain, where CTSI’s “Hanging Up” (cume: $2.1 million) bowed in the second spot with $761,990 from 200 prints, ahead of $700,610 from 202 for WB’s “Any Given Sunday” (cume: $3.3 million), which also nabbed a top spot $107,425 from 26 prints in Israel.

“American Beauty” rose 13% in its ninth frame in the U.K., where “Toy Story 2” retained the top spot in its eighth round. Also in the U.K., CTSI’s “Girl, Interrupted” (cume: $5.3 million) won $226,240 from 123 outings (as well as $199,360 from 59 Italian dates and $34,345 from six sites in Israel), while BVI/Beacon’s “The Hurricane” took $149,000 from 29 copies and New Line’s “Magnolia” (cume: $16.7 million) proved weak with $672,905 from 223.

“The Hurricane” (cume: $10.9 million) bowed in the No. 2 spot in France, with $700,000 from 260 cinemas, behind local stayer “Le gout des autres,” while Miramax’s “The Cider House Rules” (cume: $11.6 million) brewed a poor $280,000 from 229 (but rose 35% in Italy). UIP’s “Angela’s Ashes” (cume: $16.6 million) took a poor $281,470 from 199 sites in France and Belgium.

“Magnolia” was weak in Holland, Israel and Mexico, with $39,375, $20,455 and $71,015 from 10, seven and 30 prints, respectively, but was stronger in Denmark and Finland, with $41,215 and $19,995 from seven and four houses, respectively.

Another Oscar contender, Miramax’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (cume: $35.3 million), charmed a so-so $118,000 from 40 Danish dates, while BVI/Spyglass’ “The Insider” (cume: $22.9 million) saw no new bows, but should soon pass its $28.5 million domestic tally. Fox’s “Boys Don’t Cry” (cume: $2.8 million) had pleasing limited releases in Mexico, the Philippines and Belgium, with $64,420, $42,690 and $14,365 from 12, 12 and four screens, respectively.

WB’s “The Story of Us” (estimated cume: $15.5 million) romanced a so-so $1.6 million from 567 sites in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, behind local No. 1 “Otto Part V,” while UIP’s “Snow Falling on Cedars” (cume: $4 million) mustered a poor $286,095 from 133 prints in Germany and Austria.

CTSI’s “The End of the Affair” (cume: $10.1 million) romanced $215,840 from 51 Brazilian screens and $58,450 from 19 in Mexico. CTSI’s “Stuart Little” (cume: $41 million) squeaked a No. 1 $213,665 from 60 Polish prints and UIP’s “Double Jeopardy” (cume: $44.3 million) actioned $153,530 from 35 in Portugal.

With no serious competition, Miramax’s “Scream 3” (cume: $2.2 million) spooked a No. 1 gross of $1.5 million from 150 houses in Australia. CTSI’s “Bicentennial Man” (cume: $22.7 million) laffed $130,765 from 12 Taiwan theaters and BVI’s “Deuce Bigalow” (cume: $9.4 million) chortled a great $378,000 from 27 Singapore screens (double the island nation’s bows of “Big Daddy” and “There’s Something About Mary”).

“The Beach” (cume: $76.7 million) staged Fox’s second best bow ever in Russia, behind “Star Wars — Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” with $217,000 from 19 theaters. It grossed $224,675 on 55 screens in Turkey, $120,795 from 38 in Indonesia and $91,415 from 20 houses in Hungary.

After a $1.3 million weekend, the foreign cume of BVI/Spyglass’ “The Sixth Sense” is at $353.4 million, making it the seventh most popular international release of all time and the ninth most successful film ever with a global cume of $645 million.

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