‘Gates’ swing wide

WWII pic hit, miss o'seas; 'Miss' mainly hit

World War II saga “Enemy at the Gates” hit the foreign trenches this weekend, posting reasonably good results in the U.K. and France — but it corpsed in Germany (where it was lensed) and Austria.

Meanwhile, “Miss Congeniality” led the B.O. parade in Australia and two Asian markets, “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Chocolat” both had sweet debuts in Germany, and “What Women Want” conquered Spain.

Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Enemy” marched into Blighty with $1.4 million on 356 prints — not out of the ordinary, but enough to command top spot in a soft market.

The Jude Law-Joseph Fiennes starrer entered Germany in lowly seventh place, fetching an estimated $587,000 on 347, and had the same ranking in Austria with about $60,000 on 40.

The pic landed in Paris and suburbs at No. 3, selling 84,000 tickets at 51 screens, behind the freshman “The Exorcist” (director’s cut) and “Traffic’s” second stanza.

‘Miss’ a hit

Donald Petrie’s “Miss Congeniality” scored $2.1 million on 267 Down Under (distrib Roadshow/WB’s fourth-highest bow in history), $243,000 on 62 in Thailand (commanding 40% of the top 10 titles’ receipts) and $133,000 on 29 in Malaysia, including previews (36% better than “Erin Brockovich” and 31% ahead of “What Women Want”).

“The Exorcist’s” cume levitated to $49.2 million, powered by France’s lusty $2.8 million in five days on 440 (WB’s eighth-best opening in that market), Germany’s solid $1.8 million on 296, Switzerland’s $268,000 on 38 and Austria’s $242,000 on 31.

“The Emperor’s New Groove” nabbed $2.6 million on 661 in Germany (10% up on “Mulan”), positioned to capitalize on the school vacation starting next week, and $350,000 on 80 in Austria; its cume is $28.5 million, with many major markets ahead.

‘Chocolat’ treat

Lasse Hallstrom’s “Chocolat” whipped up $6.2 million from 1,400 screens abroad, bringing its cume to $25 million in 28 territories. German auds embraced the Judi Dench-Juliette Binoche starrer to the tune of $1.3 million on 155, while the Swiss ponied up a classy $243,000 on 33. Among its impressive tallies are the U.K.’s $4.8 million through its third weekend and Italy’s $4.4 million after its fourth.

Nancy Meyers’ “What Women Want” seduced $1.8 million on 241 in Spain, according to a B.O. service that tracks about 80% of the territory. After reigning in Germany for four weeks, the Mel Gibson-Helen Hunt starrer was narrowly dethroned by “Emperor’s New Groove,” minting $2.5 million, for a socko territory total of $30.7 million.

“Hannibal” swallowed $6.2 million from 3,013 engagements in 23 countries, hoisting its cume to $122.6 million. “Cast Away” hit $174.7 million, “Meet the Parents” reached $126 million and “102 Dalmatians” touched $97 million, spurred by Japan’s neat $4.8 million in nine days. The canine caper’s weekend drop in Japan was 39%, but it should surge this week with the school holidays.

Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” didn’t catch on in Italy, scamming $419,000 on 112, but bowed at No. 2 in South Korea with $228,000 on 38; cume is $38.9 million. Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” curried favor in India, ranking in top spot with $244,000 on 78; the cume in Columbia TriStar’s markets is $38.6 million, plus an estimated $24 million from Good Machine’s territories.

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