'Planet' ranks high in Brazil, Korea, Argentina

“Rush Hour 2″ surprisingly came off second-best in a scrap with “Cats & Dogs” in the U.K. over the weekend while “Jurassic Park III” saw potent preems in Japan, Germany and Holland and “Planet of the Apes'” ruled in Latin America, South Korea and Sweden.

Falling well below its domestic entry, the “Rush Hour” sequel stole $2.2 million Friday-Saturday on 321 locations in Blighty, trailing “Cats & Dogs,” which took $3 million on 449.

One London-based industry insider said there hadn’t been a lot of pre-release heat for the Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan starrer, while Warner has waged a massive campaign for its family pic.

“Jurassic Park III” fetched an estimated $2 million Saturday-Sunday on 51 screens in Japan’s nine-key cities, on par with the bow of “The Mummy Returns.” By UIP’s reckoning, it ranked No. 1 in the keys, although other industry estimates had Toho’s toon “Spirited Away” slightly ahead, retaining pole position in its third weekend. UIP was forecasting a nationwide B.O. of about $5 million for the dino pic from 451 screens.

Joe Johnston’s adventure flew into Germany with an estimated $5.6 million in four days on 639 locations, in line with “The Mummy” sequel, and Holland at $600,000 in three days on 83, some 6% better than the Brendan Fraser vehicle. In Spain, pic dropped by about 40%, minting roughly $850,000 in its second weekend on 314.

The “Apes” remake posted an all-time opening record for 20th Century Fox in Mexico (beating “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace”) and the industry’s second best ever, snaring an estimated $3.2 million on 547.

‘Apes’ take Latin America

Tim Burton’s sci-fier whistled up $1.5 million on 366 in Brazil (hailed by Fox as a territory record), $1.2 million on 83 in Korea (the distrib’s second-highest), $1.1 million on 97 in Argentina (No. 3 of all time for Fox) and $900,000 on 75 in Sweden (its third biggest and the market’s best debut this year). Adding in opening weekends that smashed industry records in Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, the apes devoured more than $7.5 million in Latin America alone. But the primates took a 45% hit in their second weekend in Japan’s key cities, according to industry estimates.

“Pearl Harbor’s” foreign cume ascended to about $190 million, spurred in part by Japan’s estimated $2.3 million in its fourth lap, easing by 20% and elevating the territory total to $29.6 million.

‘Diary’ dear in Oz

After a respectable run in Mexico, “The Animal” ventured Down Under, its second major market, catching a sturdy $1 million in four days on 179. It came in at No. 2 behind “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” which penned a terrif $1.5 million in its second outing on 215 (off 24%), ringing up a terrif $5.4 million thus far.

The curtain went up on “Moulin Rouge” in Russia, its first European date, orchestrating a superb $315,000 on 77 — an all-time high for Fox there.

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