'Pearl' elevates cume to $168.7 mil

Dinomania swept the U.K., parts of Asia and Latin America over 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 Latin 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 nonholiday preem of all time — and $562,000 on 41, also with sneaks, in Malaysia — 15% better than “M: I2.”

‘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,” an animated fantasy pic 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 a mere 17% in the key cities and 23% nationally (losing 30-40 screens in the provinces to “Spirited Away”), making $4.2 million; cume’s at $48.3 million.

‘Dr.’ 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 the territory 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 reach $100 million this year, spurred by Israel’s $411,000 opener on 31; and 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-size $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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