‘Signs’ shines brightly in Japan, Brazil, Spain

'Austin Powers' parties Down Under

Mel Gibson’s star shone brightly over the weekend as “Signs” dominated the B.O. in Japan, Brazil and parts of Europe. Meanwhile, lots of Aussies and Kiwis grooved along to Mike Meyers in “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” conjured up an estimated $6.6 million on 338 screens in Japan, 60% ahead of the helmer’s “Unbreakable” and the third biggest entry by a BVI live action release, behind only “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor.” The suspenser harvested roughly $3.3 million on 303 in Spain, a BVI live- action record, beating “The Sixth Sense.” In Brazil, it fetched $1.4 million on 403, a BVI record and in local currency the industry’s third highest debut ever, according to BVI’s numbers guru.

Showing terrific stamina in its soph sessions, “Signs” eased by 25% in the U.K., drumming up an estimated $4 million on the weekend and a socko $12.2 million to date. It dipped by 28% in Mexico for a weekend tally of $2 million and a 10-day haul of $6.9 million.

In Germany, pic retained pole position despite a 40% drop, raking in approximately $2.3 million, for a market cume of $7.5 million. All told, “Signs” harvested $22 million in 28 markets, elevating its total to $67 million; at that rate, it’s on course to hit $100 million next week.

‘Powers’ rocks Oz

“Austin Powers” boogied into Oz with $3 million in four days on 329, a tad below the first edition, the market’s 12th highest debut and the third best for distrib Roadshow. New Line’s laffer was similarly jaunty in New Zealand, pocketing $364,000 on 54.

Entering the U.K., its first major offshore territory, U.S. indie phenom “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” whistled up an estimated $1.5 million Friday-Saturday on 350 locations, taking second spot.

Fox launched “Road to Perdition” in the greater London area ahead of its nationwide rollout this Friday, ringing up a promising $407,000 on 32 screens.

Strong word of mouth for the Tom Hanks/Paul Newman starrer resulted in a mere 15% fall in Germany, where it has captured an estimated $4.5 million in 11 days, and a 23% decline in Spain, for $4.8 million in 10 days. Buoyed by holidays, pic actually improved by 20% in South Korea, scoring $2 million in nine days.

Diesel takes Russia

Vin Diesel vehicle “XXX” galvanized Russia, mustering $1.2 million on 162, on par with “Spider-Man’s” bow, but plunged by 49% in Oz as “Austin” muscled in, garnering $3.1 million in 11 days.

“Men in Black II’s” cume climbed to $234.2 million, fueled by Italy’s stirring $5.1 million in 10 days, despite a 38% descent.

“Lilo & Stitch” drew $1.1 million on 210 Down Under, including previews, the territory’s second best opening for a BVI traditionally animated opus, trailing “The Lion King.”

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