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‘Minority’ reports big opening in Germany

'Signs' continues boffo biz as cume closes on $112 mil

Tom Cruise showed his majority appeal for “Minority Report” over the weekend with openings that led in Germany, France and Spain.

Fox reported $6.7 million at 780 engagements in Germany and at least $5 million at 700 locations in France, where the sci-fier accounted for 35% of all B.O. revenue. In Spain, “Report” debuted with $3.2 million at 370 playdates — the best numbers for any Cruise pic.

“Minority Report” also opened in first place in Belgium with $814,000 at 75 engagements and in Switzerland with $405,000 at 80 playdates. Holdover business was solid in Italy, with $2.2 million at 400 locations to lift the 10-day cume to $6.2 million.

The frame also saw continued impressive performance from another sci-fi hit as “Signs” amassed $10.1 million to push its overseas total to nearly $112 million. Earlier in the week, the Mel Gibson starrer became the year’s 13th pic to cross the $100 million mark in foreign take with Buena Vista Intl. now expecting the final overseas cume to approach $200 million.

“Signs” led for the third consecutive frame in Japan with $2.3 million as it topped the opening of “The Road to Perdition” with a 20% weekend-to-weekend decline. Its Japanese cume has reached $18.3 million.

‘Signs’ still strong

European holds were impressive. The U.K. performance for “Signs” remained solid with $2.2 million, down 28%, as the cume hit $21 million. In Germany, the fourth weekend grossed $1.6 million, down 30%, to boost the total to $13.5 million, and in Spain, the third weekend take was $1.4 million, off 35%, to push the cume to $8.7 million.

BVI also reported a $2.3 million U.K. opening for “Lilo & Stitch” at 280 playdates for its third highest debut for its traditional animated offerings, trailing “Tarzan” and “The Lion King.” Distrib has high hopes for strong performance during upcoming holidays in that market.

Australian grosses increased 10% in the third frame to $1.1 million, giving “Lilo” $5.5 million in Oz overall. Foreign cume for “Lilo” has hit $74 million, with its Japanese bow slated for March.

Sony’s “XXX” debuted with $2 million in Korea at 133 playdates, $1.5 million at 500 Mexican engagements and $175,000 in Venezuela. The Korean take was the largest among American offerings and topped earlier openings for “Signs” and “Star Wars Episode 2”; the Mexico debut led that market and topped prior debuts from “Tomb Raider” and “Minority Report.”

Diesel pic in high gear

The Vin Diesel vehicle posted solid holds in Australia, where it declined 16%, and in New Zealand with a 29% drop. “XXX” remained at first in its fourth weekend in South Africa and its second in Thailand as it totaled $5.4 million at 1,750 engagements to push its overseas cume to $24.2 million.

“XXX” will open in France on Wednesday and in Spain, Germany, the U.K. and Switzerland the following week.

UIP’s “The Bourne Identity” showed decent legs in a pair of territories with the German take for its second frame at $1.5 million at 500 engagements, down 30%, for a 10-day cume of $5 million. Soph session Australian grosses for the Matt Damon starrer declined only 20% to $1.3 million.

UIP also posted impressive debuts for “The Tuxedo” in Malaysia with $450,000 at 50 engagements and a one-day Taiwanese gross of $300,000 at 17 playdates in Taipei on Saturday. The Malaysian figure topped The $390,000 openings for “The World Is Not Enough” and $370,000 for “Tomb Raider”; the Taiwanese number exceeded comparable totals for a pair of previous Jackie Chan starrers, “The Accidental Spy” and “Shanghai Noon,” by 119% and 23% respectively.

Sony’s “Stuart Little 2” continued to show respectable overseas performance with $2.7 million at 2,300 engagements, pushing the foreign cume to $73.2 million as the distrib aims at a final number north of $90 million.

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