‘Hurricane’ KOs Oz

Top bow for Washington starrer; 'Toy 2' hits $200 mil

“The Hurricane” punched up its strongest offshore opening thus far in Australia and was quite sturdy in Brazil and South Korea last weekend while “The Green Mile” and “American Beauty” notched impressive debuts in minor territories.

Generally the major markets were forced to rely on holdovers as “Bicentennial Man” had blah bows in France, Belgium and Israel, “The Man on the Moon” didn’t draw many Jim Carrey fans in Spain or France, and domestic dud “Hanging Up” didn’t connect in Australia (earning $525,000 on 173) in its first foreign tryout.

“Toy Story 2” ascended to $200 million, powered by a $7.6 million frame, driven by Japan’s terrif $8.3 million in nine days (off 27%, but expect an uplift later this week as schools start spring break) and the U.K.’s extraordinary $64.2 million. Buzz and Woody have ruled the Blighty B.O. for six straight weeks, the longest reign of any film there since “Titanic’s” 12-week tenure.

A clever campaign by Oz distrib Roadshow, which played down the pugilistic angle and boosted awareness via charity previews, helped give “The Hurricane” a muscular $1 million opener on 174 rings. The Denzel Washington starrer scored $415,000 on 131 in Brazil (double “Courage Under Fire’s” entry) and a respectable $202,000 on 38 in South Korea. From a handful of markets, its cume is $6.3 million.

“The Green Mile” minted $8 million in 29 territories, propelling its cume to $50.5 million. The Tom Hanks starrer outperformed “The Truman Show” as it preemed in Turkey ($357,000 on 51, taking pole position), Uruguay and the Philippines, and beat “A Perfect World” in Singapore.

The resilient “American Beauty” climbed to about $122.5 million on the back of a $6 million frame in 27 markets, highlighted by Thailand’s $152,000 in 29 ‘burbs. Another pic that’s displaying more potency abroad than domestically, “The Beach” nabbed $4.5 million from 32 countries and its cume hit $71.7 million. The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer plunged by 49% after a very strong opening in Australia, coining $2.1 million in 11 days. The standout perfs are the U.K.’s $19.8 million and France’s $11.3 million.

“The Cider House Rules” is not matching its U.S. trajectory overseas, as evidenced by its meager $7.7 cume from 22 markets. Lasse Hallstrom’s drama fetched a modest $1 million on 284 in Germany and eased by just 3% in Italy for a fair $845,000 in 10 days.

Mark Miramax stablemate “The Talented Mr. Ripley” as another that’s proving less alluring abroad with a $30 million cume from 35 markets. The Matt Damon/Gwyneth Paltrow starrer launched in Italy with a so-so $829,000 on 211. “Magnolia” unspooled in Italy with a tepid $519,000 on 167 and platformed at one London screen, posting a reasonable $58,000.

“The Insider” delivered a middling $638,000 on 203 in France, placed third behind Gallic titles “Le gout des autres” in its third lap and rookie “Le libertin,” toplining Vincent Perez. Michael Mann’s pic made a lively $220,000 on 35 in Belgium and abated by 28% in the U.K. for a mediocre $1.6 million. Cume is $19 million.

“Bicentennial Man” has $21.4 million from 25 territories, with Australia’s $6.9 million as the high point, followed by Mexico’s $2.7 million.

“Double Jeopardy’s” tally topped $40.5 million, spurred by Spain’s solid $916,000 on 220 (23% ahead of “The General’s Daughter”) and fair preems in Poland and Finland.

“Three Kings” banked $3.6 million in 29 countries, elevating the cume to $36.8 million, helped by Belgium’s $276,000 on 33, 16% up on “The Siege” and 82% of “Payback.”

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