Fox's action pic garnered $104 mil cume

After two huge openings, Fox’s “X-Men” passed the century mark overseas, and now has a cume of $104 million, based on initial estimates of foreign weekend box office data.

The Hugh Jackman starrer drew an estimated $3.7 million from 267 comics in Japan and a top ranking $1.9 million from 260 outings in Spain, ahead of “Under Suspicion’s” $188,050 from 107 prints.

Other big performer of the frame was Miramax’s “Scary Movie,” which, continuing a spookily good run, spoofed a top-ranked $3.2 million from 592 rights in Germany, ahead of soft bows for BVI’s “The Kid” ($434,335 from 75 theaters) and UIP’s “Boys and Girls” ($419,355 from 270 venues). “Scary Movie” also slew pole position in Austria, with $356,945 from 73, ahead of a tepid $55,775 from 39 for BVI’s “The Kid” and a poor $36,245 from 39 exits for UIP’s “The Road to El Dorado.”

After last frame’s huge bow, UIP’s “Billy Elliot” retained premier ranking in the U.K., ahead of the preem of “Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps,” with $1.7 million from 414 laffs.

WB’s “Space Cowboys” blasted into pole position Down Under, with 612,150 from 162 launchpads, ahead of the world preem of Fox’s “Bootmen” with $279,400 from 145 dance-floors. In Argentina, Fox’s “What Lies Beneath” was on top with $345,070 from 58 houses.

Local pic “Crimson Rivers” (Les Rivieres Pourpres) swam to the top of the chart in France with an estimated $3.7 million. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (foreign cume: $8.1 million) held up well and has passed $6 million there.

Tradesters are reporting increasing difficulty in predicting cinemagoing patterns in France, owing to the new discount cinema passes there.

With a cume of $129.9 million, BVI’s “Gone in Sixty Seconds” has just passed previous top Nicolas Cage starrer “Con Air” and, with a Japanese cume of $13.5 million after four laps, might soon pass “Face/Off’s” $135 million.

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