‘Powers’ towers o’seas

Spy spoof woos U.K., mouse sequel roars

New Line’s superspy “Austin Powers” socked the British B.O. over the weekend, while Mexican auds dined out on “Stuart Little 2” and South Koreans flocked to “Minority Report.” But, most of Europe dozed amid hot weather and a lack of compelling product.

“Austin Powers in Goldmember” boogied into Blighty with $8.6 million on 446 prints, including Thursday night sneaks. The U.K. was the standout market for the previous “Powers” installment, generating $41.3 million of its $104.9 million international booty. The challenge for New Line and its distribs this time out is to finesse the franchise in non-English-speaking territories.

The “Stuart” sequel swallowed $1.8 million on 487 screens in Mexico, a tasty $253,000 on 50 in Venezuela and a so-so $193,000 on 81 in Belgium. After mediocre bows, the mouse tale dipped by a reasonable 35% in the U.K., fetching a solid $6.1 million in 10 days, and by just 21% in Japan, where it’s caught $2.6 million in nine.

Something to ‘Report’

Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” in South Korea reaped nearly $3 million on 167, hailed by Fox as the market’s third-highest three-day debut behind “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Spider-Man.” The Tom Cruise starrer was overshadowed by “Stuart” in Mexico, taking a tepid $1.4 million on 456, but clicked in Colombia, picking up $245,000 on 60. Its cume climbed to $51.3 million.

“Men in Black II” racked up $14.5 million from 4,370 screens in 39 markets, propelling its cume to $100 million. The Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones starrer arrested a uniformly smart $861,000 on 90 in Denmark, $854,000 on 82 in Norway, $327,000 on 34 in Israel, $303,000 on 100 in South Africa and $290,000 on 55 in Finland. The sci-fi comedy tumbled by a worrying 58% after its gangbuster preem in Germany, taking $4.6 million, bringing the territory total to $19.6 million.

Japan’s $19.6 million through its fourth weekend is a disappointing result, paling beside “Star Wars: Episode II –Attack of the Clones,” which ruled in its third orbit, minting $4.3 million over the weekend (slipping by a mere 22%) and $35.9 million to date. “Clones'” cume ascended to $287 million.

“Scooby-Doo” jumped to $56.7 million after selling nearly 1 million tickets, to gross $5.4 million, in 21 territories. Warner Bros.’ canine caper collared $386,000 on 31 in Hong Kong, and through its third laps has mustered a lucrative $20 million in the U.K. and a handy $7.3 million in France, where it’s still No. 1. In its first offshore tryout, domestic dud “K-19: The Widowmaker” didn’t resonate in Hong Kong, making $289,000 on 23.

‘Sum’ adds up

“The Sum of All Fears” collected a none-too-thrilling $1.1 million on 457 in France and an OK $206,000 on 54 in Belgium. Early in its foreign campaign, the Ben Affleck starrer has commanded an impressive $4.1 million in Mexico, a fair $1.4 million in Taiwan and a paltry $1.1 million in Brazil.

Gallic laffer “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra” reigned in Spain, unearthing $1 million on 340; a monster hit at home and in Germany, pic has earned an estimated $90 million and is sure to surpass $100 million with some major markets ahead.

“Bad Company” checked into Spain at No. 2 with a decent $810,000 on 252, but plunged by 40% in its soph session in France, where it has taken a skimpy $1.8 million.

Cameron Diaz’s popularity helped ensure a top-ranked $613,000 entry on 164 Down Under for “The Sweetest Thing.” But the raunchy comedy collapsed by 49% in Spain, drawing $2.3 million in 10 days, and by 35% in France, where it has taken a miserly $1.5 million in 12 days.

John Woo’s iconic status in Taiwan paid off for “Windtalkers,” which rang up $685,000 in its opening salvo on 104, a clear No. 1.

Despite Germans’ well-known appetite for gross-out fare, “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” didn’t draw crowds, managing $1 million on 421, a distant second behind “MIBII.”

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