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'Spider-Man' nets gains amid Cup-crazed auds

The World Cup final soccer telecast deflated cinema attendance in nearly every foreign market on Sunday, detracting from otherwise buoyant bows by “Spider-Man,” “Minority Report,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “Scooby-Doo” and “Ice Age.”

The preponderance of kid-friendly films coincides with school vacations that are under way or starting next weekend in most of Europe and countries such as Mexico and Australia.

Sony’s webslinger captured $23 million from about 7,500 prints in 60 territories, propelling the cume to $298.5 million. The Sam Raimi-helmed blockbuster notched the fifth highest bows of all time in Belgium (spinning $1.07 million on 96 prints), Norway ($1 million on 78) and Denmark ($997,000 on 91).

Spidey’s $397,000 opener on 35 in Israel was the market’s second highest ever behind “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” while Finland’s $399,000 on 55 ranked among the industry’s top 10. Pic eased by 26% after its record preem in Spain, minting a stellar $11.4 million in 10 days, and corralled a fine $1.9 million in eight days in Sweden.

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Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” foresaw $1.5 million on 137 in Taiwan (a Fox record, beating “Independence Day”), $356,000 on 110 in the Philippines and $289,000 on 60 in New Zealand. The sci-fier abated by just 19% Down Under, raking in a handy but not startling $3.4 million in 11 days.

“Lilo & Stitch” drew $2.3 million on 345 in Mexico and $400,000 on 250 in Brazil, the second highest bow for a conventionally produced toon in both territories behind “Tarzan.” The alien/Hawaiian gal saga fetched $200,000 on 68 in Belgium (on par with “A Bug’s Life”) and $215,000 on 112 in Holland (outpacing “Monsters, Inc.,” but trailing the second lap of “Scooby-Doo”). It slipped by a mere 11% in Italy, collecting a solid $1.5 million in 10 days.

However “Lilo’s” $2.3 million bow on 560 in France (inflated by $1.5 million in previews) was outshone by “Ice Age’s $2.2 million entry on 651. The Fox pic’s cume climbed to $141 million, with Japan, Spain and Korea on the horizon.

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“Scooby-Doo” scuttled into Italy with a lively $729,000 on 260, ranked second, and was top dog in South Africa, nabbing $180,000 on 75, Warner Bros.’ fourth biggest debut there. The canine caper collared $286,000 on 44 in New Zealand (Warner’s third best) and fell by a reasonable 26% in Oz, unearthing $4.2 million in 11 days. In Holland, the family laffer improved by 7%, scoring a juicy $826,000 to date.

“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” rustled up an OK $670,000 on 199 Down Under, including sneaks, and retreated by just 19% in Germany, bringing in a promising $1.8 million in 11 days.

Domestic flop “Bad Company” is starting to show some heft overseas, typified by its strapping $405,000 launch on 91 in Holland, rated by BVI as 30% better than “The Rock” and almost double that of “Black Hawk Down.”

Promos help ‘Windtalkers’

Another U.S. dud, “Windtalkers” whistled up a fine $343,000 on 37 in Hong Kong (hyped by promo visits from helmer John Woo and topliner Nicolas Cage) but tanked in Italy, managing roughly $497,000 on 297.

In Spain, the Mel Gibson starrer “We Were Soldiers’ ” lousy $400,000 bow on 204 had the indignity of being beaten by the no-names of “Super Troopers,” which rode in with $473,000 on 200.

The Sandra Bullock vehicle “Murder by Numbers” stole a so-so $748,000 on 408 in Germany (No. 2 in a depressed market) and a fair $1.1 million on 324 in Blighty (also placed second in a territory which was pre-occupied with the World Cup).

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