'Potter' inches closer to all-time o'seas crown

In a memorable frame last weekend, “Harry Potter” edged past “Jurassic Park” to rank as the second-biggest earner of all time overseas, while “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings” wowed Italy and Taiwan and “Black Hawk Down” began its campaign with terrific velocity in the U.K. and Southeast Asia.

Ten weeks after it kicked off its international rollout in the U.K. and Taiwan, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit $563.2 million, buoyed by a $12.7 million weekend on more than 5,000 screens in 52 markets. Kept aloft by hefty repeat business, the Chris Columbus-helmed fantasy looks like it will have enough momentum to reach $600 million. Its stellar cumes are led by Japan’s $134.5 million (where it banked $3.4 million in its eighth outing, still No. 1), the U.K.’s $87.6 million, Germany’s $64.2 million and France’s $42.5 million. With $21 million in the till in Australia, it’s now that territory’s third-highest grosser, behind “Titanic” and “Crocodile Dundee.”

“Rings” racked up $5.2 million on 670 screens in Italy, hailed by New Line as an industry record and toppling the boy wizard, and $1 million on 18 in Taiwan. Peter Jackson’s fantasy adventure mustered approximately $33 million over the weekend, hoisting its cume to $337 million, according to New Line’s estimate.

‘Black Hawk’ soars

Sony/Revolution’s “Black Hawk Down” captured $2.5 million on 460 screens in Blighty, coming in at No. 2 behind the fifth lap of “Rings.” It outgunned the bows of “Con Air,” “The Rock” and “Enemy of the State.” The Somalia battle saga commanded pole position in Hong Kong ($454,000 on 37, bigger than “Gladiator”), Singapore ($375,000 on 45) and Malaysia ($135,000 on 34).

“Ocean’s Eleven” stole $13.7 million from 2,219 screens in 14 countries, propelling the cume to $45.5 million, Warner Bros. said Monday. The casino-heist pic led the field in Spain with $2.7 million on 362, outperforming “Erin Brockovich” by 86% and “What Women Want” by 37%.

The Steven Soderbergh-helmed remake conned a superb $659,000 on 80 in Sweden and $596,000 on 49 in Greece. Pic dipped by a trifling 6% in its second turn in Germany, a clear No. 1, hauling in $4.6 million on 663 to lift the territory total to $10.9 million. After collecting $16 million through its fifth frame in Italy, it stands as WB’s third-highest grosser there.

‘Dead’ lifeless

In its world preem in the U.K., local horror-thriller “Long Time Dead” spooked a fairly bloodless $836,000 on 233, which may not augur well for its domestic prospects via Universal Focus. Miramax’s Kate Winslet/Judi Dench starrer “Iris” penned a promising $537,000 on 83 in its native U.K., its first try outside the U.S..

“The One” hooked plenty of fans of Jet Li and martial arts in South Korea, nabbing $913,000 on 84, trailing the fourth orbit of “Rings” and the second of “The Others.”

Beacon reported “Spy Game’s” cume ascended to $46.5 million, spurred by France’s buoyant $4.2 million, Mexico’s $1.8 million (both in its soph session), Japan’s excellent $17.8 million and Italy’s $6.2 million.

Romantic comedy “Serendipity” isn’t warming many hearts overseas, typified by its tepid $618,000 opener on 185 in Oz. The John Cusack-Kate Beckinsale starrer has wooed just $14.4 million thus far in 21 territories.

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