Millenial milestones

'Sixth' passing double century in New Year

While many major distributors steered clear of big releases over the weekend that welcomed the new century, several films passed or approached significant milestones.

With a cume of nearly $194 million, BVI/Spyglass’ “The Sixth Sense” should hit $200 million this weekend, after spooking nearly $5 million from 625 venues in a top-spot bow in Germany and Austria. “Sixth” also dazzled $438,000 from 79 sites in South Africa (Bruce Willis’ best bow there ever and that nation’s fifth best preem in history), where Miramax’s “Dogma” (cume: $2.1 million) earned a so-so $42,000 from 15 altars.

“End of Days” has done gangbuster biz in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and France; its foreign tally has passed $150 million. Fox’s “Fight Club” reached a $50 million cume.

And, after a $12.2 million weekend, BVI’s “Tarzan” was the star holdover. Pic is running as BVI’s second most popular film ever, behind “The Lion King,” in top markets including France ($36.1 million), Spain ($16.9 million) and Japan ($10.7 million).

In Australia, unseasonably cool weather made for a great foreign preem for “Sleepy Hollow,” which chopped $1.3 million from 198, while sophomores “End of Days,” “Bicentennial Man,” “Bowfinger,” “Snow Falling on Cedars,” “Being John Malkovich” and “Holy Smoke” did great biz.

Sony’s “Random Hearts” landed in first place in Argentina, with $237,370 from 41 cinemas, while stablemates “Blue Streak” (cume: $34.6 million) took a flat $55,953 from 40 Polish prints and “Joan of Arc” (cume: $11 million) led $178,806 from 16 Taiwanese theaters and $152,008 from 33 Greek screens.

BVI’s Imax film “Fantasia 2000” amassed $842,000 from 21 screens in 14 markets, including France, Germany, Japan, Holland, Spain, Britain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico and Thailand, making it the fastest-grossing Imax film in history.

Sony’s “Stuart Little” (cume: $5.3 million) snuck grandly into its fifth market, nabbing $359,622 from 43 locals in a top spot bow in Puerto Rico. It continues to do great biz in Mexico, ahead of “Pokemon,” while Miramax’s “Holy Smoke” (cume: $1.5 million) chanted $100,000 from eight ashrams in Sweden.

UIP’s “The World Is Not Enough” (cume: $146.6 million) actioned $33,893 from eight theaters in Trinidad and $441,975 from 45 cinemas in New Zealand (where Sony’s “Bicentennial Man” machined $137,959 from 39 prints). UIP stablemate “Bowfinger” (cume: $25.3 million) laffed $184,592 and $124,681 from 36 and 46 prints in Belgium and Taiwan, respectively.

Summit’s “Blair Witch Project” (cume: $78.9 million) spooked an excellent $240,328 from 30 tents in Portugal and $39,743 from eight campsites in Hungary, while stablemate “American Pie” (cume: $68.4 million) laffed a good $59,792 from nine prints in the Middle East.

Fox’s “Anna and the King” (cume: $15.3 million) did some brisk business at last, including $698,926 from 59 screens in South Korea, where Sony’s “The Bone Collector” (three market cume: $5.3 million) spooked a great $526,951 from 33 theaters. “Anna” also royaled $559,050 and $109,930 from 241 and 29 palaces in Mexico and Indonesia, respectively.

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