'Jurassic III' outperforms 'World' in B.O. bow

Dinomania swept through the U.K., parts of Asia and Latin America at the weekend as “Jurassic Park III” flew higher than “The Lost World: Jurassic Park’s” bows in some cases and in others outran “The Mummy Returns.”

Joe Johnston’s adventure devoured $16.2 million from just 1,422 engagements in 10 territories — and that excludes three Latino markets where results were not available.

The flying dinos swallowed $6.5 million on 463 screens in the U.K., including sneaks — UIP’s seventh-biggest debut, 16% below “Lost World,” 3% ahead of “Mission: Impossible 2″ and 20% bigger than “Gladiator.”

Mexico’s $3.2 million haul on 320 (with previews) ranks as the second-highest ever there behind another creature feature, “Dinosaur.”

Argentina’s estimated $1 million on 75 came in 11% below “Lost World” but 34% up on “The Mummy” sequel, while Brazil’s $1.4 million on 274 beat “Lost World” by 7%.

South Korea’s $1.9 million on 86 topped the previous dinopic by 5% and repped UIP’s third-best bow.

The carnivores nabbed $891,000 on 28, with previews, in Singapore — the territory’s biggest non-holiday preem of all time — and $562,000 on 41, also with sneaks, in Malaysia — 15% better than “M: I-2.”

‘Pearl’ adds polish

Meanwhile “Pearl Harbor” captured $8.5 million over the weekend, elevating its cume to $168.7 million. Coming off a monster preem in Japan, Michael Bay’s WWII epic abated by an acceptable 32%, fetching $3.7 million, hoisting the nine-day tally to $17.5 million.

“Pearl Harbor” ranked third behind “Spirited Away,” animated fantasy from “Princess Mononoke” helmer Hayao Miyazaki, which materialized with a magical $13.1 million in three days on 321; and resilient holdover “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

In its fourth frame “A.I.” dropped by a mere 17% in the key cities and by 23% nationally (losing 30-40 screens in the provinces to “Spirited Away”), making $4.2 million; cume levitated to $48.3 million.

Doc does little

Japanese auds didn’t rush out for “Dr. Dolittle 2,” forking out a measly $581,000 in two days on 168 — no shock, since the original grossed a mediocre $12 million in Japan out of a foreign total of $149.2 million.

The Eddie Murphy vehicle had so-so starts in Belgium, Thailand, South Africa and Switzerland and tailed off by 21% in Brazil, minting a handy $1.5 million in 10 days. Laffer’s cume is a modest $17.9 million from 28 markets.

After pouching about $10.7 million from 24 territories, “Shrek” became the 10th hit to hit $100 million this year, spurred by Israel’s $411,000 opener on 31, Spain’s $3.2 million in 10 days (off 32%), South Korea’s estimated $6.5 million, France’s $9.6 million and Germany’s $9.3 million, all through its third lap, and the U.K.’s $24.2 million after its fourth.

DreamWorks’ toon climbed to $13.4 million Down Under, overtaking “The Lion King” to claim the all-time animated crown.

“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” isn’t far away from joining the $100 million club, jumping to approximately $84 million after stealing an estimated $8 million in 21 markets. Angelina Jolie starrer snared a terrif $955,000 on 32 in Hong Kong, $596,000 on 97 in Holland and $329,000 on 50 in Denmark.

Western spoof “Der schuh des manitu” galloped into its native Germany with a socko $4.7 million on 551, whipping fellow frosh “Evolution” ($1.9 million on 654) and “Cats & Dogs” (a surprisingly tame $814,000 on 542).

“Evolution” checked into France with a ho-hum $1.5 million on 559, contributing to a $6.9 million weekend tally in 36 markets, bringing the cume to $28.1 million.

“Spy Kids” took a pint-sized $580,000 on 541 in France; Miramax’s family pic has racked up $16.7 million in 21 territories.

Cyberthriller “Swordfish” logged on in Spain with a watery $712,000 on 272 and was sneaked in the U.K., ringing up an encouraging $516,000 on 250.

After scoring a phenom $58.4 million in the U.K. and a lusty $8 million in Spain, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” saw sexy figures in Sweden ($581,000 on 58), Norway ($465,000 on 49) and New Zealand ($207,000 on 13). Cume is $74.6 million from just seven countries.

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