Hanks cast aside B.O. competish

D'Works pic no. 1 in numerous territories, 'Vertical' scales coin

Hail “Cast Away” as the undisputed B.O. champ in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Spain and Australia (all in its second or third voyage) as well as Argentina over the weekend, while “Traffic” had a solid bow in Blighty.

“Vertical Limit” commanded pole position in Sweden and German-speaking Switzerland and entered Germany and Austria as a respectable No. 2. In an intriguing faceoff Down Under, “Bedazzled” outshone “The Family Man” and “Remember the Titans.”

DreamWorks/UIP’s “Cast Away,” with Tom Hanks making the best of it on a deserted island, salted away an estimated $2.9 million Thursday-Saturday in its third turn on 542 screens in Germany, $2 million in its soph session on 181 in Oz, $1.8 million for Friday-Saturday in its third on 391 in the U.K. and $917,000 in its second (also Friday-Saturday) on 194 in Spain.

“Cast Away” had a socko launch in Argentina, earning about $610,000 in two days on 66, ahead of “What Women Want,” which took $397,000 in its second go-round on 68.

Out of the ‘Groove’

“The Emperor’s New Groove” evidently isn’t seen as cool in Argentina, judging by its estimated $136,000 two-day tally on 66.

Martin Campbell’s “Vertical Limit” scored an estimated $1.3 million in three days on 482 screens tracked (out of a total of 590) in Germany, $235,000 in two days on 83 in Sweden, $203,000 in three days on 38 in Switzerland and $195,000 in ditto on 63 in Austria. Pic dipped by just 19% after a sturdy debut in the U.K., coining about $1.2 million on 403.

Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” hooked an estimated $1.1 million in two days on 240 in the U.K., where the miniseries that inspired the film was made.

In Australia, “Bedazzled” opened at No. 3, seducing an estimated $768,000 in four days on 164, behind “What Women Want,” which fetched around $1.1 million in its third lucrative frame on 206.

Nicolas Cage headliner “Family Man” raked in some $750,000 on 152, followed by “Remember the Titans,” which scored $627,000 on 148. Latter pic benefited from BVI’s rejigged foreign campaign (downplaying the football and racist elements) and an extensive screening program.

All in the ‘Family’

“Family Man” sauntered into Spain at No. 4, harvesting an estimated $456,000 in two days on 209, shaded by “Bedazzled’s” $461,000 in its second on 208.

The Brendan Fraser/Elizabeth Hurley starrer fell an acceptable 27% in Germany, stealing around $1.6 million in four days on 527, bringing the 11-day territory total to a healthy $4.3 million.

Mexican auds kept rolling up for “Men of Honor,” paying off with a strong $2.9 million after pic’s fourth weekend.

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