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Big boys muscle in foreign film B.O.

'Clones,' 'Men,' 'Scooby,' 'Ice' snow o'seas

The summer B.O. fires abroad were stoked by a clutch of U.S. blockbusters last weekend, led by the Jedi Knights’ record-shattering launch in Japan, “Men in Black II’s” electrifying debuts in South Korea and Latin America, and “Scooby-Doo’s” wow bows in the U.K. and France. “Ice Age” warmed up Spain.

In Japan, “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” rang up $13.2 million on 630 screens, including $5.3 million in previews the prior two weekends, edging out previous opening champ “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by a slender 3.5%.

George Lucas’ epic tumbled in its soph sessions as those “Men in Black” muscled in, but nonetheless has amassed a stellar $6.8 million in Mexico (plunging 52%), $5.1 million in Korea (off 41%) and $3.1 million in Brazil (down 48%). The frame’s top-earner, “Clones'” mustered $18.9 million and its foreign cume soared to $251.7 million.

‘Men’ shows muscle

The “Men in Black” sequel stole $3.8 million in four days on 150 in Korea, an industry record for a U.S. release, plus $3.4 million on 532 in Mexico (the industry’s No. 6 of all time), $1.6 million on 379 in Brazil (the third biggest ever), $1.1 million on 18 screens in Taiwan (also third highest) and $850,000 on 97 in Switzerland.

The Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones starrer fell by an acceptable 35% in Japan, snaring a beefy $11.3 million in nine days. In Russia, pic has raked in $3.5 million in 12 days (slipping 27% after its record preem), remarkably earning more than “Spider-Man” spun in 11 weeks.

The sci-fi comedy drummed up $17.3 million from 2,625 screens in 12 markets, elevating the total through the second weekend of its international rollout to $34.6 million. Stablemate “Spider-Man” corralled $9.7 million from holdovers, propelling cume to $346.2 million.

“Scooby-Doo” fetched $7.9 million on 472 in Blighty, including sneaks, Warner Bros.’ second best opening ever, toppling “Ocean’s Eleven.” The canine caper reigned also in France (notching $3.1 million on 584), Portugal ($193,000 on 58) and Greece ($214,000 on 53). All told, “Scooby” sold nearly 2.2 million ducats for a $14 million payload from 2,151 screens in 18 territories, sending the cume to $31.1 million.

‘Ice’ on fire

In the toon wars, “Ice Age” collected $1.8 million on 312 in Spain, the second-highest animated debut behind “Monster’s, Inc.,” spurring its tally to $152.1 million, with Japan ahead.

“Lilo & Stitch” devoured $6.4 million from 3,005 screens in 24 markets, hoisting cume to $31.2 million. Disney’s animated treat drew $425,000 on 32 in Hong Kong, the third-highest entry for a conventionally produced toon.

“Lilo” retained pole position in soft trading in Germany, hauling in $3.9 million in 11 days, and has pocketed a fine $8.3 million through its third outing in Mexico, an OK $4.6 million after its third in France and a solid $2.6 million in 10 days in Spain.

Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” fell by a reasonable 39% after an illustrious opening in the U.K., bringing its 10-day tally to a juicy $14.2 million. The Tom Cruise starrer added $6.2 million to its coffers from holdovers, capturing $33.7 million thus far in 13 markets.

‘Blade II’ sharp

New Line’s “Blade II” ascended to $62.4 million, cruising past domestic’s $61.6 million and the original’s offshore total of $61.1 million. The Wesley Snipes starrer sucked in a handy $1.4 million on 200 in Oz and is yet to play in Italy, Hong Kong and a handful of smaller fry.

Mark “40 Days & 40 Nights” as another over-achiever as UIP has parlayed the pic to $40.5 million abroad, overtaking Miramax’s modest $38 million result. The romantic comedy wooed a so-so $1.4 million on 482 in France but has picked up a handsome $11.7 million in Germany and $7.4 million in the U.K.; Japan is still to come.

“Resident Evil” scared up a mild $1.1 million on 264 in Blighty and a respectable $1.8 million in 10 days in listless Italy, where it’s still No. 1.

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