‘Men’ shows muscle

'MIB2' feasts o'seas, 'Scooby,' 'Stuart' snack

“Men in Black II” muscled into 11 territories as a clear No. 1 last weekend, while “Scooby-Doo” charmed auds in Spain and Belgium and Sony’s mouse tale “Stuart Little 2” snacked quite well in the U.K. but took mere crumbs in Japan.

The frame’s pacesetter, “MIB2” raked in $24 million from about 4,000 prints in 28 markets, hoisting cume to $70.2 million. The Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones starrer seized $10.8 million on 1,165 screens in Germany (the market’s sixth biggest preem ever), $1.2 million on 123 in Austria, $1.3 million on 61 in Hong Kong and $772,000 on 43 in Singapore.

The sci-fi comedy also looked sharp in the Philippines ($561,000 on 94), Malaysia ($419,000 on 39) and Hungary ($357,000 on 32).

“Scooby-Doo” collared $1.2 million on 275 in Spain (10% better than “Lilo & Stitch’s” recent opening), $350,000 on 61 in Belgium, including sneaks, and $191,000 on 23 in Switzerland. Warner Bros.’ canine comedy fetched $3.9 million in the U.K. (easing by a reasonable 24%), bringing its 10-day tally to a terrif $14.6 million. “Scooby” also led the field in its second lap in France, picking up a solid $5.6 million in 12 days. The family pic sold nearly 1.6 million tickets at 2,457 screens in 20 countries, generating $9.1 million, elevating its total to a juicy $45.7 million.

‘Little’ draws

The “Little” sequel trapped $2 million on 473 in the U.K., 4% below the original, and just $828,000 on 414 in Japan — 66% of the predecessor’s bow, a surprising result considering Japan proved to be one of that pic’s strongest territories. In Holland, the creature feature devoured $211,000 on 112, on par with the first “Stuart.”

“Little” was dwarfed in Japan by “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” which fell by an acceptable 29% after its record launch, minting $5.6 million to propel the nine-day tally to $26.5 million; its cume ascended to $273 million, including China’s strapping $3.1 million in 10 days. Sony’s sequel also was squeezed in Japan by local kidpic “The Cat’s Revenge,” which clawed an estimated $800,000 on 44 screens in the nine key cities.

After grossing a fine $14.5 million in its native U.K. and a hearty $1.5 million in Holland, British laffer “Ali G Indahouse” landed in Oz with a jolly $891,000 on 153. That beat “Dirty Deeds,” the 1960s-set Oz saga of American Mafiosi butting heads with local crims, starring Bryan Brown, Toni Collette and John Goodman, which stole $723,000 on 183.

‘Spirit’ in Mexico

There was mixed luck for “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” which trotted off with $1.2 million on 350 in Mexico and a lame $581,000 on 287 in Spain. DreamWorks’ toon has corralled a meager $14.5 million in 23 markets, led by Germany’s $4.4 million through its fifth lap.

Continuing its charmed run abroad, “Lilo & Stitch” drew $450,000 on 64 in Korea (25% better than “Aladdin”) and $260,000 on 18 in Taiwan. Cume reached $40.6 million, with Oz, Japan, the U.K. and Scandinavia still ahead.

In its first foreign engagements, Cameron Diaz starrer “The Sweetest Thing” wooed a neat $1.1 million on 348 in Spain, a blah $750,000 on 380 in France and a top-ranked $262,000 on 49 in Thailand.

WB’s “Eight Legged Freaks” clicked in Thailand, weaving $257,000 on 82, level with “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

“Spider-Man’s” cume topped $361 million after pocketing $5.7 million on about 3,900 prints.

Domestic dud “Bad Company” eyed a fair $920,000 on 556 in depressed France (No. 1 in Paris), an OK $325,000 on 71 in Sweden and $288,000 on 57 in Belgium, but tanked Down Under with $410,000 on 168.

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