‘Beautiful’ looks good overseas

Howard drama bows well in Oz, Taiwan

Basking in Academy Awards nom attention, “A Beautiful Mind” saw handsome debuts in Australia and Taiwan and sturdy holds in Germany and the U.K. over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Mel Gibson vehicle “We Were Soldiers” didn’t take many prisoners in Blighty in its first major overseas market engagement.

The sizable army of Russell Crowe fans turned out for “Beautiful Mind” Down Under, ringing up $1.5 million in four days on 320 prints, on top of a juicy $1.2 million from paid previews. In Taiwan, “Mind” dreamed up $112,000 Saturday on 17 screens, 10% better than “American Beauty’s” first day.

The Ron Howard-helmed drama slipped by 22% in the U.K. after a moderately good bow, minting an estimated $857,000 Friday-Saturday, bringing its nine-day market total to $3.8 million.

In its second weekend wide in Germany, pic abated by a trifling 6%, fetching roughly $1 million Thursday through Saturday, for a territory cume of $2.8 million. Gallic import “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra” led the field in Germany, bagging approximately $1.5 million on 710 screens.

‘Ocean’s’ makes waves

“We Were Soldiers” notched an estimated $777,000 in two days on 384 locations in the U.K., where “Ocean’s Eleven” was still the pacesetter, conning $3.7 million in its fourth weekend, according to Warner Bros.’ Sunday projections. Las Vegas casino caper is tracking ahead of the comparable frames of “Cast Away” and “What Women Want” and thus far has raked in $27.4 million. It slid by a mere 19% in its soph session in South Korea, taking $1 million on 117, elevating its local cume to a fab $3.9 million. All told, Steven Soderbergh’s pic is estimated to have amassed $10.9 million over the weekend, hoisting its overseas tally to $227.2 million.

Continuing its pattern of robust perfs in Latin America and Asia (not so in Europe), “Black Hawk Down” commanded second spot in Brazil with an estimated $480,000 on 280 (outgunning “The Rock” and “Enemy of the State,” per Sony) and No. 1 in Thailand.

Fox’s “From Hell” scared up a lively $248,000 on 35 in Belgium, while stablemate “Shallow Hal” didn’t tickle many funnybones in France, mustering $700,000 on 275.

Domestic dud “Rollerball” isn’t enjoying better luck abroad thus far, opening in Spain with $365,000 on 225 and in Oz at $230,000 on 150.

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