‘Signs’ strong o’seas

'Bourne,' 'Report' and 'Tuxedo' show muscle

The fall season abroad perked up last weekend, sparked by muscular bows from “The Bourne Identity,” “Minority Report” and “The Tuxedo,” as well as hot holdover biz for “Signs.”

The frame’s top-grosser, “Signs,” harvested $14 million from 3,424 engagements in 30 territories, hoisting cume to $94.6 million. The Mel Gibson starrer ruled in Japan, fetching $2.8 million (abating by 25%), upping the market total to a whammo $13.4 million in nine days. Coming off giant openings, the suspenser delivered $2.2 million in Spain (falling by 39%), tallying $7 million in 10 days, and $1 million in Brazil (sliding by 35%) for $3.1 million in 10 days.

Through its third laps, M. Night Shyamalan’s pic has mustered a smash $17.2 million in the U.K. (down 29% and still No. 1), $10.8 million in Germany (off 24%) and $8.9 million in Mexico.

“The Bourne Identity” drummed up $8.6 million from nearly 2,000 screens in 20 markets, boosting cume to $23.9 million. German co-star Franka Potente (“Run Lola Run”) helped propel the thriller to top spot in Germany, capturing $2.6 million in 504 locations, beating “The Sum of All Fears” by 2% and “The Scorpion King” by 53%.

In France, where the Doug Liman-helmed spy saga is largely set, “Bourne” brought in a solid $1.7 million on 433, 4% bigger than “The Fast and the Furious.”

The Matt Damon starrer picked up $1.6 million on 229 in Australia, with previews, trailing the soph session of “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” It pocketed a potent $391,000 on 45 in Belgium and $362,000 on 73 in Austria.

‘Report’ cruises

Beginning its rollout in continental Europe, “Minority Report” pre-figured $2.8 million on 397 in Italy, a personal best for Tom Cruise, toppling “Mission: Impossible II.” Steven Spielberg’s sci-fier punched up a uniformly stellar $595,000 on 108 in Holland, $308,000 on 64 in Turkey (Fox’s third best ever) and $171,000 on 38 in the Czech Republic/Slovakia. Cume rocketed to $105 million.

Jackie Chan’s army of fans in Singapore turned out for “The Tuxedo,” which dished up $587,000 in three days on 26, a September record locally and the third largest nonholiday weekend. It was also UIP’s fifth biggest bow, 67% up on “Gladiator” and 20% ahead of “The World Is Not Enough.”

Lusty ‘Goldmember’

“Austin Powers” took second spot in Spain with $982,000 on 276, a reasonable figure considering “The Spy Who Shagged Me” grossed $3.8 million there. The Mike Myers starrer dipped by 43% after its humongous preem in Australia, scoring a lusty $5.9 million in 11 days and tracking ahead of the previous edition; cume hit $61.7 million.

Vin Diesel vehicle “XXX” reigned in Thailand (notching $501,000 on 134) and New Zealand ($309,000 on 57), and cume reached $17.6 million from 24 markets. Columbia TriStar Intl. execs were celebrating a company record Monday as the unit’s films peaked at $1.079 billion through the weekend, edging past the previous calendar year high set in 2000.

“Road to Perdition” arrested a respectable $2 million on 369 in the U.K. after minting $600,000 in its London platform. The Tom Hanks/Paul Newman headliner wasn’t great in Hong Kong, managing $175,000 on 28; it’s earned $28.7 million from 27 markets.

Terrific word of mouth resulted in a 6% uptick for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in the U.K., where the laffer has garnered a handsome $6.1 million in 10 days.

“Eight Legged Freaks” crawled into Australia with a fair $326,000 on 121, and estimated cume moved up to $21.7 million in 22 markets.

“Mr. Deeds” isn’t resonating anywhere near as strongly overseas as at home, but the Adam Sandler headliner was the market leader in Sweden ($275,000 on 62) and Portugal ($200,000 on 45); cume stands at $19.7 million in 21 territories.

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