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'Toy 2' topples Japan competish at box office

In a surprisingly patchy frame for several Oscar-nominated films at the overseas box office, the star was BVI’s “Toy Story 2,” which blew all competish aside in Japan to bow with a top spot $5.1 million from 364 prints.

It was the biggest bow ever for a U.S. animated pic there, pushing aside Disney stablemate “The Lion King.” With a foreign cume of $191.8 million, pic’s on course to become the first release of 2000 to pass the double-century mark, having passed the original’s worldwide tally by more than 20%. Worldwide cume of $433.3 million should reach $500 million.

BVI/Spyglass’ “The Sixth Sense” neared $350 million overseas with a $348.3 million cume, making it the eighth-most popular film ever overseas.

Spooks and spikes

Among the frame’s foreign debutants, Miramax’s “Scream 3” spooked a good $208,000 from 20 Singapore screens, while WB’s “Any Given Sunday” was the best freshman among a generally underperforming bunch in Germany and Austria, where Mandalay/UIP’s “Sleepy Hollow” (cume: $80.9 million) retained top spot.

Fox’s “The Beach” (cume: $66.6 million) bowed in the top spot in Australia, ahead of Sony’s “The End of the Affair” (cume: $7.8 million) and a poor showing for New Line’s “Magnolia” (cume: $6.9 million). “The Beach” also took pole position in Thailand and Israel.

Miramax’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (cume: $25.3 million) had an underwhelming start in France, while earning a good $500,000 and $125,000 from 42 and 18 sites in Belgium and Singapore, respectively.

‘Green’ scene

In Italy, UIP/WB’s “The Green Mile” (cume: $41.1 million) bowed in second position, behind stayer “The Bone Collector” (cume: $61.1 million), but ahead of Miramax’s “The Cider House Rules” (cume: $5.1 million). “Green Mile” also took $198,010 from 39 Dutch screens and bowed in the top spot in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“The Whole Nine Yards” was the best freshman in Spain, ahead of a lackluster turn for Sony’s “Girl, Interrupted” (cume: $2.6 million), which also nabbed $253,406 from 100 theaters in Mexico, where WB’s “Three Kings” (cume: $33 million) grabbed $497,875 from 250 locales, while bowing first in Finland, with $103,430 from 16 theaters, and taking $279,335 from 25 in Norway and $207,830 from 40 in Sweden.

Blighty blahs

BVI/Spyglass’ “The Insider” (cume: $15.2 million) was best of a soft bunch of freshmen in the U.K. Pic also earned $135,000 from 27 houses in Korea, $48,000 from 15 in Norway and a poor $17,000 from 10 in Denmark, where Fox’s “Anna and the King” (cume: $69.8 million) mustered $85,950 from 30 palaces.

UIP’s “American Beauty” (cume: $115.5 million) bowed at No. 1 in Slovenia with $58,080 from four while taking $52,320 from 14 in Indonesia.

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