‘Pearl,’ ‘A.I.’ break records in Japan

Spielberg pic is topping records of notable blockbusters

Sneak previews of ”Pearl Harbor” in Japan rang up $1.6 million on 425 screens — a BVI record — auguring well for its nationwide rollout this Saturday.

But the most impressive perf in Japan was the notable hold exhibited by ”A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” Pic slipped by a mere 19% in its soph session in Japan, conjuring up an estimated $6.7 million Saturday through Sunday on 526 screens, selling 522,360 tickets.

Warner Bros. Sunday hailed that as an industry record, surpassing the second weekends of ”Mission: Impossible 2” by 24% and ”Jurassic Park” and ”Star Wars: Episode 1– The Phantom Menace” by 25%.

WB execs in L.A. did not have figures for last Friday, but said ”A.I.’s” eight-day total already had surpassed the nine-day scores of ”MI:2,” “Jurassic Park” and ”Independence Day.”

‘Pearl’s foreign cume at $130 mil

“Pearl Harbor” racked up about $12.5 million from five markets and holdovers, hoisting its foreign cume to $130 million, BVI estimated Sunday.

Michael Bay’s pic fetched approximately $1.7 million in three days on 290 in Spain, and while that was 18% up on ”Armageddon’s” bow, it isn’t in the gangbusters category.

”Pearl” delivered relatively stronger figures in Sweden ($850,000 on 105, 55% better than ”Armageddon,” ranking among the territory’s top 5 debuts of all time), Norway ($550,000 on 65, beating the Bruce Willis starrer by 50%) and Portugal ($175,000 on 65, 30% ahead). Poland’s $425,000 on 100 was on par with ”Armageddon.”

”Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” claimed pole position in the U.K. with a good but not out-of-the-box $3.8 million estimate Friday through Saturday on 443 locations, including Thursday night previews.

‘Atlantis’ booms in Mexico

Shrugging off its indifferent perf domestically, ”Atlantis: The Lost Empire” captivated Mexico with an estimated $2 million in three days on 400, on par with ”A Bug’s Life,” almost doubling ”Mulan” and ”Hercules” but below ”Dinosaur” and ”Tarzan. ”Atlantis” surprisingly outshone ”Tomb Raider’s” $862,000 debut in two days on 254. However the Angelina Jolie starrer kicked butt in Argentina, nabbing roughly $322,000 on 71.

”Shrek” opened at No. 1 in Germany with an unexceptional $1.3 million Thursday through Saturday on 617, just ahead of the second lap of ”Tomb Raider” ($1.2 million on 667) and held remarkably well in its second in the U.K., elevating the nine-day tally there to $10.8 million.

”Dr. Dolittle 2” had to settle for third place in Australia, whistling up about $1 million in four days on 271 plus $417,000 in sneaks.

‘Shrek’ streaks through Oz

The pacesetter ”Shrek” eased by a trifling 5% in Oz, boosted by school vacations, amassing a terrif $9.2 million through its third weekend, while ”Swordfish” dipped by a reasonable 26%, fetching a smart $3.5 million in 11 days.

Baz Luhrmann’s ”Moulin Rouge” danced into Singapore with a high-kicking $420,000 estimate in four days on 25.

Ivan Reitman’s ”Evolution” topped the chart in depressed Italy with $260,000 Friday through Saturday on 298 prints, but could only manage third spot in Holland ($110,000 in three days on 75), behind ”Pearl Harbor” and the fifth outing of ”Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

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