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‘Others,’ ‘A.I.,’ ‘Rush’ top overseas traffic

Domestics lead in foreign markets

Nicole Kidman’s star power in the U.K. and Spain, Steven Spielberg’s mystique in Latin America and Singapore and Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker’s antics in Taiwan and Greece ensured chart-topping entries in those markets last weekend.

But attendance sagged in many territories as most of the summer’s domestic hits are virtually played out abroad, or, like “Planet of the Apes” and “Jurassic Park III,” are emulating their U.S. trajectories by opening big then fading fast.

Baz Lurhmann’s “Moulin Rouge,” toplining Kidman and Ewan McGregor, rang up a terrif $3.4 million, including previews, on 300 screens in Blighty, its first major Euro market. The Fox tuner’s cume topped $29 million, highlighted by Australia’s $13.8 million and Mexico’s $2 million and Brazil’s $1.2 million, both through third stanzas.

In the U.K., “Moulin” spooked “Scary Movie 2,” which rustled up a moderate $2.2 million on 407, with sneaks. Dimension’s horror spoof has pocketed a fair $20.1 million from 21 territories.

Reign in Spain

“The Others,” the chiller starring Kidman and lensed in Spain, dominated that market, reeling in an estimated $3.3 million.Helmer Alejandro Amenabar’s hit is the second-highest grossing pic ever to open in Spain, besting this year’s local bow “Torrente 2.” The 1999 bow of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” holds the record with $3.78 million.

“A.I. Artificial Intelligence” levitated to $96.5 million and in a week or so will rank as the 16th hit to cross $100 million this year. Spielberg’s sci-fier conjured up $1.3 million on 330 in Brazil (in admissions, an all-time WB territory record), $436,000 on 71 in Argentina (on par with “Saving Private Ryan”), $437,000 on 42 in Singapore (Warner’s second-biggest debut there this year) and $244,000 on 50 in Venezuela (the distrib’s fifth-best ever).

The “Rush Hour” sequel nabbed $1 million in two days on 58 in Taiwan, $289,000 on 46 in Greece (in ticket sales, trouncing the predecessor and in three days nearly equaling the lifetime total for “Shanghai Noon”) and a comparatively ho-hum $383,000 in five days on 26 in Belgium. New Line’s romp sank by 50% in France, capturing $5.6 million in 12 days, and has minted a superb $14.9 million after its sixth turn in the U.K.

Aping U.S.

The frame’s top earner, “Planet of the Apes” drummed up $11 million from 4,138 engagements in 34 markets, hoisting cume to $143.7 million. Tim Burton’s pic experienced typical second weekend drops, tumbling by 50% in Germany (where it’s scored a nonetheless impressive $9.2 million) and by 52% in Spain after an industry record preem (tallying $8 million).

“Jurassic Park III” skidded by 44% in Australia, collecting $3.4 million to date, and by 47% in Italy, where the cume is similar. Dino pic’s foreign total reached $160.3 million.

In its offshore debut, Universal/UIP actioner “The Fast and the Furious” mustered an unexceptional $798,000 on 249 in Mexico, 6% behind “The Mexican” and 15% shy of “The World Is Not Enough.” Antonio Banderas/Angelina Jolie headliner “Original Sin” reaped a mild $704,000 on 250 in Mexico and bombed in Thailand.

“A Knight’s Tale” rode into Germany with a reasonable $1.9 million on 497 and fetched $1 million on 246 in Spain and $254,000 on 50 in Austria. Heath Ledger starrer is proving more magnetic in the U.K., easing by 26%, coining $5.1 million in 10 days.

“Bridget Jones’s Diary” wooed $345,000 on 24 in Hong Kong, 60% better than “Shakespeare in Love,” and actually improved by 2% in its third round in Germany, retaining pole position and boosting the market total to a lusty $9.3 million. Cume climbed to $123.4 million, with Japan, France, Italy and a few smaller markets still ahead.

DreamWorks/UIP’s “Shrek” raked in a neat $436,000 on 110 in Sweden and was even more potent in Denmark, drawing $416,000 on 65 — 45% bigger than “Dinosaur” and just 5% below “Toy Story 2.” Cume hit $166.4 million.

The war isn’t over yet for “Pearl Harbor,” which moved up to $239.5 million, fueled by Japan’s $53 million and China’s $10.5 million.

(John Hopewell contributed to this report.)

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