‘Mexican’ heats up Oz; o’seas soft

'Exit Wounds' not so lethal abroad

Fans of Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt turned out in force for “The Mexican” in Australia but in lesser numbers in the U.K. over the weekend, while “Along Came a Spider” spun an underwhelming offshore launch in Mexico.

Steven Seagal/DMX combo “Exit Wounds” isn’t proving to be as potent overseas as at home, judging by the actioner’s mediocre bows in Blighty and Spain.

Gore Verbinski’s “The Mexican” ransomed an estimated $909,000 Thursday-Sunday on 205 screens in Oz, ranking No. 1 ahead of the fourth lap of “Rugrats in Paris” ($514,000 on 217; $3.9 million cume) and the third of “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” ($370,000 on 201; $3.1 million cume).

The kidnap caper debuted last Tuesday to capitalize on the school vacation and a public holiday Wednesday; seven-day tally is roughly $1.4 million.

“The Mexican” nabbed about $1.07 million Friday-Saturday on 387 in the U.K., trailing local heroine “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” which penned a hot $3.6 million on 421.

Crime saga “Along Came a Spider” earned an estimated $234,000 in two days on 181 in Mexico, placing third behind the lively soph session of “Miss Congeniality” ($521,000 on 200) and uninspiring rookie “15 Minutes” ($255,000 on 193).

“Exit Wounds” splattered $504,000 in two days on 241 in the U.K., $194,000 Friday-Saturday on 209 in Spain and $264,000 in its second lap on 204 in Australia.

Overall it was a soft frame in many major markets, as “Miss Congeniality” remained atop the B.O. in Germany for the fifth straight weekend, crowning $844,000 on 505. The secret service romp wasn’t threatened by Miramax’s “Dracula 2000,” which sucked up about $479,000 on 339. It’s been a fairly bloodless foreign sojourn for the vampire pic thus far; cume late last week was a mere $5.8 million from 16 territories.

In Germany, John Boorman’s “The Tailor of Panama” opened in ninth spot, taking a modest $164,000 on 47 of the 61 screens that reported.

In Spain, local laffer “Torrente 2” reigned for the fifth consecutive weekend, raking in an estimated $449,000 on 241, ahead of the second round of “Men of Honor” ($203,000 on 201).

“Miss Congeniality” commanded pole position in Argentina, fetching $191,000 in two days on 53, ahead of fellow frosh “Snatch” ($149,000 on 40, faring best in upscale theaters), and the second house call by “Dr. T and the Women” ($123,000 on 43).

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