Overseas auds flock to 'Dr. T.' and Seagal's latest
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” had a socko soph session in its native U.K. and “Miss Congeniality” won plaudits in Mexico over the weekend while other major markets were marking time, awaiting the late spring/early summer onslaught of U.S. heavyweights.Among the frame’s sparse highlights, Steven Seagal’s comeback vehicle, “Exit Wounds,” had a promising offshore launch in Australia and Robert Altman’s “Dr. T and the Women” struck a chord with femmes in Spain and Argentina. The Renee Zellweger/Hugh Grant starrer “Bridget Jones’s Diary” racked up an estimated $4.4 million Friday-Saturday on 419 prints in the U.K., more than tripling the second lap of “Spy Kids,” which nonetheless collected a nifty $1.2 million on 401. “Rugrats in Paris” placed third in its third lap, rustling up approximately $940,000 on 447 in the U.K., where “The Tailor of Panama,” John Boorman’s spy thriller, spied a modest $264,000 on 112. Not missing out Sandra Bullock fans turned out for “Miss Congeniality” in Mexico, ringing up an estimated $702,000 Friday-Saturday on 204 runways, ahead of the third turn of “The Emperor’s New Groove” ($348,000 on 287) and the plummeting second lap of “The Mexican” ($295,000 on 201). Showing remarkable stamina and benefiting from lack of serious competition, “Miss Congeniality” reigned in its fourth go-round in Germany, nabbing roughly $1.4 million Thursday-Saturday on 513. French hit “The Crimson Rivers” crossed the border into Germany, taking a so-so $605,000 on 194. Vacationing kids flocked to “Rugrats” in its third weekend Down Under, forking out an estimated $1 million Thursday-Sunday on 222. In contrast to its poor showing in the U.S., “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” had a lively second round in Oz ($817,000 on 202), slipping just 9%, helped by lousy weather that made cinemagoing an attractive option over the weekend. “Exit Wounds” checked in with $555,000 on 135. After a miserable perf domestically for “Tomcats,” Columbia TriStar tested the foreign waters for the Revolution Studios pic in Oz, taking a mediocre (but not embarrassing) $434,000 on 145. What the “Dr.” ordered “Dr. T,” the romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Helen Hunt, wooed about $412,000 Friday-Saturday on 192 in Spain, behind local phenom “Torrente 2′s” fourth stanza ($861,000 on 254), and a chart-topping $222,000 in two days on 42 in Argentina. “Men of Honor” recorded one of its stronger bows to date in Spain amid a generally choppy foreign voyage, mustering an estimated $750,000 in three days on 240. “Thirteen Days” added to its string of soft debuts in Argentina ($135,000 on 45), where Warner Bros.’ “Red Planet” crash-landed ($76,000 on 47). Gallic auds are notorious for embracing films that are unloved in the rest of the world, but even they paid scant attention to “Finding Forrester,” which opened with an estimated $719,000 on 238.
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