‘Dragon’ shows fire during Blighty bow

'XXX,' 'Signs,' 'Stitch' also help boost o'seas coin

“Red Dragon” captivated the Brits over the weekend while Gauls went joyriding with Vin Diesel, and a fair number of Aussies took the “Road to Perdition.”

Meanwhile, holdovers “Signs,” “Lilo & Stitch” and “Minority Report” kept pay windows busy in a variety of markets.

In its offshore preem, “Silence of the Lambs” prequel “Red Dragon” devoured an estimated $3.7 million Friday-Saturday on 450 locations in Blighty, including previews, a clear No. 1. As in the U.S., that was less than “Hannibal,” the third film in the series starring Anthony Hopkins as everyone’s favorite cannibal. But UIP prez Andrew Cripps hailed the opening as “very solid” and comparable to the bows of “Armageddon” and “Ransom.”

Diesel vehicle “XXX” revved up an estimated $2.4 million on 626 screens in France, on par with “Vertical Limit,” but trailing “Minority Report,” which fell by about 30% in its soph session, minting roughly $3 million.

Sony/Revolution Studios’ actioner dipped by just 12% in South Korea, pocketing a muscular $3.7 million in nine days, and by 34% in Mexico, where it’s mustered $3.2 million in 10 days.

Estimated weekend haul of $6.5 million from 2,200 engagements in 34 territories propelled its cume to $35 million.

“Perdition” was the market leader Down Under, clocking a solid $803,000 on 244 screens.

‘Signs’ still strong

Mel Gibson starrer “Signs” harvested an estimated $6 million for the weekend and its cume topped $120 million, with France and Italy on the horizon. Among the suspenser’s standout results are Japan’s $21 million (where it reigned for the fourth consecutive weekend) and the U.K.’s $22.5 million.

“Lilo & Stitch” surged by 20% in its second sojourn in the U.K., whistling up an estimated $2.8 million Friday-Sunday, elevating its market tally to an impressive $5.7 million. Disney’s toon banked approximately $4.3 million at the weekend, hoisting cume to $80 million, with Japan ahead.

“Minority” retained pole position in Spain, trapping an estimated $2.3 million (off 25%), for a terrif $6.6 million in 10 days. The Tom Cruise starrer eased by 24% in its second turn in Germany, earning $3.6 million, upping its market score to a socko $11.3 million.

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