'Rings' shatters opening records in Poland

“Ocean’s Eleven” hit the jackpot in the U.K., Argentina, Turkey and two Nordic markets last weekend, while “Monsters, Inc.” soared past $100 million overseas and “Shallow Hal” saw rib-tickling debuts in Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” shattered industry opening records in Poland, whistling up $2 million on 109 screens. New Line Intl. president Camela Galano estimated the fantasy/adventure grossed $13 million at the weekend, hoisting the foreign cume to $434 million.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” levitated to $612 million abroad, and its worldwide total of $926.1 million now stands as the second-highest earner of all time behind “Titanic,” Warner Bros. reported Monday.

Meanwhile, Russell Crowe headliner “A Beautiful Mind” and Will Smith starrer “Ali” began their international rollouts with mixed results.

Casino caper “Ocean’s Eleven” racked up $7.2 million on 433 screens in the U.K., $474,000 on 75 in Turkey, $426,000 on 80 in Argentina, $374,000 on 51 in Norway and $343,000 on 51 in Denmark. The front-runner in a generally buoyant frame raked in an estimated $25 million from 4,300 screens in 38 territories, propelling cume to $149.7 million.

In Blighty, “Eleven” was a strong No. 2 behind “Monsters, Inc.,” which minted a socko $8.2 million in its second outing on 502, dipping just 11% to lift the territory haul to $29.6 million, tracking ahead of “Toy Story 2.”

Also in its soph session, “Monsters” jumped by 27% in Spain, fetching $2.4 million to bring the market total to $4.8 million. The dominant title in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year celebrations, the Disney/Pixar toon leapt by 100%, taking $1.1 million, for a remarkable $2.2 million in 11 daysBuena Vista Intl. estimated “Monsters” drummed up $16.7 million from 3,000 engagements in 27 territories, bringing the cume to $111.3 million. With dates in Japan, Italy and France later this month, the scream factory looks capable of reaching $200 million.

Fox’s comedy “Shallow Hal” dined out with $2.7 million on 500 in Germany, $1.9 million on 230 in Mexico (the distrib’s fourth highest bow ever), and $1 million on 160 in Brazil (its fifth best).

There’s some dispute over who took line honors in Brazil as UIP hailed “A Beautiful Mind’s” $912,000 opener on 167, including sneaks, as the territory’s second-highest this year behind “Rings.” The Ron Howard-helmed drama picked up an OK $842,000 on 338 in France. This is the kind of serious, older-skewing, upscale pic which folks typically don’t rush to see on opening weekend. Bolstered by eight Oscar noms, it will probably settle in for solid runs.

“Ali” platformed in London on 17 locations with a tepid $174,000, not getting a lot of help from its two Oscar nods.

(Sophie Nicholson in Paris contributed to this report.)

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