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O’seas hugs H’wood

'Sense,' Bond, 'Pie' get foreign B.O. boost

Scintillating debuts by “The Sixth Sense,” the James Bond caper, “American Pie,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Double Jeopardy” kept the home fires burning at cinemas overseas last weekend.

Further stoking biz, “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” had a propitious foreign preem in Australia, seducing $1.4 million from 134 boudoirs, an especially good result given topliner Rob Schneider was unknown Down Under.

Pocketing $7.8 million from holdovers, “Tarzan” jumped to $244 million abroad and became the third animated title ever to hit $400 million worldwide after “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”

“Sixth Sense” minted $6.7 million at 412 haunted houses in France, an all-time territory record for Buena Vista Intl., beating both “Armageddon” and “Lion King,” seizing 40% of the national B.O.

Good business ‘Sense’

The Bruce Willis vehicle also set BVI records entering Belgium ($1 million on 79) and Switzerland ($866,000 on 62) as its overseas cume rocketed to $224.4 million. Mark this as a sure bet to exceed $300 million. Through Sunday the global cume towered at $501.2 million.

“The World Is Not Enough” established new benchmarks for the Bond series in the Philippines ($1.4 million in six days on 160), Greece ($458,000 in three days on 36), Poland, Russia and Lebanon.

The Pierce Brosnan starrer harvested $10.5 million in 23 countries, elevating the cume to $164.4 million, led by the U.K.’s $41 million, Germany’s $27 million and France’s $18.7 million.

Sweet returns

German auds turned out en masse for “American Pie,” cooking up a tasty $5.1 million on 615 ovens, and its tally reached $77.1 million, with playdates to come in Japan, Holland, Argentina and a slew of smaller markets.

Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” scared up a rousing $4.5 million on 409, including previews, in the U.K., but dropped quite sharply in its second round in Oz, tallying $2.5 million, which indicates adverse word of mouth.

Bruce Beresford’s “Double Jeopardy” snared $1.7 million in four days on 187 in Australia, 30% higher than “The Jackal,” after reasonably good runs in Korea, Taiwan and Israel.

Having amassed a fab $5.4 million through its fifth weekend in Mexico, “Stuart Little” ventured into Korea, taking $543,000 on 30 (Columbia TriStar’s second-highest opener there after “Godzilla”), No. 2 behind local freshman “Lies.”

“Toy Story 2” grossed $2.6 million, including a sturdy $400,000 in six days on 69 in the Philippines, as its cume climbed to $37.7 million.

Out-of-pocket

“Pokemon” drew 467,000 people in its Brazil preem at 296 sites, ponying up $1.1 million, hailed by Warner Bros. as an all-time animated record in local currency and in dollars matching “Tarzan’s” entry.

That was WB’s second best bow in the territory in admissions behind “Batman.” The Japanese toon has collected $10 million in 11 foreign territories.

Domestic dud “Bringing Out the Dead” had mixed luck in its first major markets abroad, scoring a promising $627,000 on 96 in Italy (better than previous Nicolas Cage entries “Snake Eyes” and “8 MM”) and a mediocre $560,000 on 159 in Blighty.

“End of Days” earned $2.4 million from holdovers in BVI’s territories, for a cume of $73.8 million, plus an estimated $8 million from markets handled by Beacon’s distribs.

“Teaching Mrs. Tingle” clocked $1 million on 157 in Spain, its healthiest debut so far in a lousy foreign campaign which has generated $5.7 million from 20 markets.

Playing on the Imax circuit, “Fantasia/2000” eased by just 3% in its soph session on 21 screens in 14 countries, conjuring up a terrif $2 million in nine days.

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