‘Miss,’ ‘Women’ shine o’seas; weekend weak

'Snatch,' 'Horses' see lackluster perfs

In a spotty weekend overseas, “Miss Congeniality” easily won the B.O. sweepstakes in Australia while “Enemy at the Gates” took pole position in a depressed U.K. market and “What Women Want” wowed Spain.

The Mel Gibson starrer remarkably held sway in its fifth laps in Germany and Austria, fighting off freshmen “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “The Exorcist” director’s cut.

Among the frame’s underachievers, Sony’s con-man caper “Snatch,” directed by Guy Ritchie, fetched just $382,000 in two days on 199 screens in Italy and Billy Bob Thornton’s “All the Pretty Horses” took an embarrassing $44,000 Thursday-Saturday on 40 in Argentina.

In its first major market abroad, “Miss Congeniality” arrested an estimated $2.1 million in four days on 267 Down Under — distrib Roadshow/WB’s fourth-highest debut in history.

The Sandra Bullock starrer knocked some of the gloss off “Traffic,” which fell by 39%, tallying roughly $2.6 million in 11 days. Nonetheless, Steven Soderbergh’s gritty drama is tracking ahead of “The Green Mile” at the same stage of their rollouts.

“Dracula 2000” checked into Oz with a fairly bloodless $331,000 on 104.

Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Enemy at the Gates” marched into Blighty with an estimated $947,000 Friday-Saturday on 353 — no barn burner, but enough to take top spot. “Chocolat” ranked No. 2, whipping up $644,000 in its third outing on 232, followed by “Hannibal” ($629,000 in its fifth on 387) and “The Gift” ($588,000 in its third on 304).

Nancy Meyers’ “What Women Want” seduced an estimated $1.07 million in two days on 237 in Spain, where “Dude, Where’s My Car?” is connecting effectively with youths, pulling in $830,000 in its second lap on 225 (off 18%), bringing the 10-day haul to $2.1 million. “Before Night Falls” dawned in Spain with a fair $214,000 in two days on 92.

“Women” wooed an estimated $1.9 million Thursday-Saturday in Germany, beating “The Emperor’s New Groove,” which notched about $1.3 million on 612.

William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” delivered $1.2 million on 272. In Mexico, the chiller reigned in its second turn, coining a potent $934,000 Friday-Saturday on 215, well ahead of “Traffic,” which opened with $507,000 on 189.

In Argentina, “Traffic” led the field, raking in an estimated $269,000 in its third go-round on 59, ahead of “Exorcist” ($209,000 in its second on 44) and newbie “Proof of Life,” which captured a mediocre $166,000 in three days on 54.

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