Comic fantasy is second $100 million pic for Fox

“Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps,” “Scary Movie” and “Space Cowboys” were among the films to breathe some fire into the foreign box office over the weekend, while “X-Men” evolved into Fox’s second film of 2000, after “The Beach,” to pass the century mark overseas.

After $6.7 million weekend, “X-Men” has a cume of $106.1 million, more than half of which comes from Europe. The Hugh Jackman starrer drew a top-ranking $2 million from 302 dates in Spain and $3.6 million from 267 books in Japan, while Bulgaria bowed with a great $42,665 from 10.

UIP’s “Nutty Professor 2: The Klump” (cume: $21.2 million) grabbed top spot in the U.K. with $2.5 million from 412 classrooms (ahead of a great second lap for stablemate “Billy Elliot,” which rose 13%), as well as earning a good $414,550 from 89 schools in Holland. Pic was so-so in Finland ($75,250 from 26), Poland ($97,240 from 40) and Malaysia ($78,970 from 28) but weak in South Korea ($55,200 from 39).

Top fright

Miramax’s “Scary Movie” (cume: $42.2 million) spoofed to the top spot in Germany with $4.4 million from 648 stabs (which was 16.5% and 76% better than the German preems of “Scream 3″ and “Scream 2,” respectively), ahead of $650,000 from 416 for BVI’s “The Kid” (cume: $15.1 million) and UIP’s “The Road to El Dorado” (cume: $12.5 million), which spluttered a weak $625,795 from 397 exits.

“Scary Movie” also took the top spot in Austria, ahead of “The Kid’s” $93,000 from 41 and $77,780 from 39 routes for “The Road to El Dorado,” and $132,090 from 66 ghosts in Turkey. “Scary Movie” scared up $1.4 million ($1.9 million including previews) from 279 houses in Brazil, ahead of “The Kid’s” $255,000 from 101.

WB’s “Perfect Storm” (foreign cume: $137.8 million) held onto top spot in Italy, ahead of local pic “Faccia Di Pacasso” and UIP/Summit’s “U-571″ (cume: $37.5 million) surfacing with $666,190 from 164 subs. “U-571″ also sank $652,495 from 239 ports in Mexico, ahead of poor reception, with $230120 from 150 radios, for New Line’s “Frequency” (cume: $13.9 million) and a weak $333,920 from 150 for UIP’s “Road Trip” (cume: $27.5 million), which was better in New Zealand with $152,375 from 33.

Tops in France

WB acquisition “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” climbed into the top spot in France (and a 25% Paris marketshare), with $2 million from 338 screens, ahead of a good $32,165 from six spaceships for UIP’s “Galaxy Quest” (cume: $19.1 million).

In a $6.1 million weekend, Fox’s “What Lies Beneath” (cume: $30 million) thrilled top spot bows in the Philippines ($202,480 from 63 houses), South Africa ($157,290 from 60), Peru ($69,580 from 28) and Central America ($62,975 from 23) and also sleuthed $445,890 from 71 thrills in Argentina.

BVI’s “Dinosaur” (cume: $74.2 million) drew Thailand’s largest ever bow for an animated film (beating “Tarzan’s” Thai bow by 20%) with $440,000 from 87 toons, in that nation’s third best bow this year after “X-Men” and “Mission Impossible 2.” With Europe still to come, pic will easily become BVI’s fourth $100 million grosser this year.

Space’ Oz-dyssey

WB’s “Space Cowboys” (cume: $13.3 million) lifted $216,620 and $61,120 from 34 and 30 ships in Belgium and Portugal, respectively, and landed top spot in Oz ($834,535 from 198), ahead of the world preem for Fox’s “Bootmen,” which tapped $371,380 from 151 dance floors and $137,922 from 76 fields for Miramax’s “Reindeer Games” (foreign cume: $5.7 million), $106,210 from 109 vows for UIP’s “Love, Honour & Obey” and a great $53,400 from just 11 venues for CTSI’s “The Emperor & the Assassin.”

In a $2.9 million weekend, BVI’s “Coyote Ugly” (cume: $14.5 million) nabbed $170,000 from 35 Dutch dates and an OK $70,000 from 25 Greek screens and $50,000 from 16 Taiwan theaters, while UIP’s “Shaft” was good in Portugal ($121,710 from 40), OK in Taiwan ($174,730 from 47) and weak in Indonesia ($57,880 from 20). Fox’s “Me, Myself & Irene” (cume: $46.6 million) laffed a very good $141,525 from 22 personalities in Hungary, beating the bow there of “There’s Something About Mary,” while stablemate “Big Momma’s House” (cume: $51 million) laffed a great $12,890 from two dates in Estonia.

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