‘Pie 2’ tempts Gaul

'Bridget,' 'Princess,' 'Fast' make their mark

“American Pie 2” came out of the oven piping hot in France and Belgium last weekend while a bunch of other new offerings ranged from underdone to warm.

The “Pie” sequel had Gallic auds in stitches, creaming off $5.6 million on 500 screens — almost half what the original earned in its entire run in France, and UIP’s biggest opening of the year there.

The laffer also top-scored in Belgium ($754,000 on 47), Portugal ($341,000 on 48, UIP’s third-highest bow and the market’s fifth-best of all time), the Philippines ($249,000 on 45) and Singapore ($137,000 on 12).

The frame’s pacesetter, the J.B. Rogers-helmed romp whipped up $15 million from 2,320 engagements in 17 markets, hoisting cume to $58.9 million, including Germany’s juicy $25.4 million and the U.K.’s $15.2 million in 10 days (still No. 1, falling by a reasonable 40% after a whammo debut).

‘Bridget’ bats eyes

“Bridget Jones’s Diary” wooed a lusty but not scorching $2.1 million on 260 in Italy and abated by a modest 31% in France, mustering a fab $8.1 million in 12 days. Its foreign total is a lofty $173.4 million.

Early in its overseas voyage, “The Princess Diaries” penned a princely $1 million on 238 in Mexico — a local record for a Disney-branded live action pic, outrunning “102 Dalmatians,” and even beating “Runaway Bride” by 17%.

The Rob Cohen-helmed “The Fast and the Furious” led the field in Germany without reaching top gear, stealing $2.6 million from 522, and was even more turbo-charged in Austria with $402,000 on 66 — 13% ahead of “Gone in 60 Seconds.” However, the actioner crashed in Japan, managing just $1 million in two days on 306; its cume is $41.5 million.

In its first offshore tryout, urban cop saga “Training Day” couldn’t get arrested in Japan, scraping up $430,000 on 160; that genre is usually problematic for Nippon auds.

‘Cats’ paws Japan

Creature feature “Cats & Dogs” fetched a nifty $1.4 million on 203 in Japan, 33% better than “Dr. Dolittle” and 7% up on “Stuart Little.” The kidpic chewed on $336,000 on 62 in Belgium, fractionally higher than “Chicken Run.” Its cume topped $84 million, with Italy the only remaining major market.

“Moulin Rouge” danced into Germany with a tepid $1.5 million on 404 and reigned in Spain, easing by just 23%, where it collared $2.9 million in 10 days — 20% more than the helmer’s “Romeo + Juliet” picked up there. Buoyed by a $6.6 million weekend in 31 markets, the tuner scaled $71.4 million.

Julia Roberts’ starrer “America’s Sweethearts” wooed a uniformly winsome $2.5 million on 450 in the U.K., $331,000 on 93 in Holland and $231,000 on 55 in Thailand. Romantic comedy dropped sharply in its soph sessions in Mexico and Brazil, drawing a nonetheless handy $2.2 million and $1.4 million, respectively. Estimated cume is $28 million, and with Japan, Italy, Belgium and France still ahead, it could wind with $80 million or so.

Entering one of its first major markets, “Jeepers Creepers” scared up a dandy $2.1 million on 307 in Blighty, a market with a pronounced thirst for horror.

Beginning its Euro campaign in the U.K., “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” notched a solid $2.1 million on 483, including sneaks, better than “Pocahontas” and slightly below “Mulan.”

Horror spoof “Scary Movie 2” took pole position with $771,000 on 250, amid soft trading Down Under and had a fair hold in Italy, where it sucked in $3.4 million in 10 days. Cume is $38.8 million in 30 territories.

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