‘Cruelty’ beats foes in o’seas B.O.

'Bill' kills in Blighty, but stumbles in Oz

Marital woes turned into B.O. bliss as “Intolerable Cruelty” rolled out in 17 markets over the weekend, generally resonating more strongly than in the U.S., where it’s earned a measly $28 million or so through its third frame.

Meantime, “Kill Bill, Vol. 1” saw a snappy bow in Italy and held stoutly in its soph sessions in the U.K. and Germany (but tumbled in Australia), and “The Rundown” thrilled auds in Thailand.

The weekend’s champ, “Intolerable Cruelty,” fetched an estimated $12.6 million from 2,030 engagements in 22 countries, raising the cume to $18.4 million. Romantic comedy reigned in Spain, wooing roughly $1.8 million at 229 situations (outrunning the debuts of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by 29% and “America’s Sweethearts” by 38%) and in Oz, ringing up $1.7 million on 200, including sneaks (on par with “Sweethearts” and “Maid in Manhattan”).

George Clooney/Catherine Zeta-Jones starrer raked in approximately $2.6 million on 377 in the U.K. with previews, ranking third behind holdovers “Finding Nemo” and “Kill Bill.” It raised $1.9 million on 353 in Germany, trailing the second turn of local click “The Miracle of Bern.”

Coen brothers pic mustered an estimated $375,000 on 72 in Austria (No. 1), $388,000 on 51 in Holland, $300,000 on 33 in Belgium, $192,000 on 20 in Singapore and $180,000 on 27 in Hungary. It held reasonably well in Mexico, scoring $1.4 million in 10 days (off 31%) and in Brazil, cuming $1 million in ditto (down 36%.)

“Kill Bill” drummed up an estimated $1.2 million in Italy, rated by BVI as almost double the entry of “Face/Off” and similar to “End of Days.” Distrib could not provide a weekend ranking but it appeared to be a close race for No. 1 with the second sojourn of “Intolerable Cruelty.”

Quentin Tarantino’s splatterfest slayed $3 million in the U.K. (abating by 34%), upping the territory total to a potent $10.4 million; and $1.2 million in Germany (easing by 38% after a mediocre launch, harmed by the age 18 tag), tallying $4.3 million so far. “Bill” dropped by 43% Down Under, earning a solid $3 million in 11 days.

Retitled by Sony “Welcome to the Jungle” abroad, “Rundown” hunted down a top-ranked $451,000 on 77 in Thailand (slightly below the bows of “The Scorpion King” and “Pearl Harbor”) and $194,000 on 45 in the Philippines.

“Bad Boys II” collared an estimated $9.1 million, purely from hold-overs, propelling cume to a whisker below $100 million, with Japan ahead. Buddy cop caper has arrested $7.4 million in 12 days in France (off by a mild 24%), $3.2 million in 10 days in Italy (plunging by 54%), $12.5 million after its third outing in Germany and, through its fourth, $13.2 million in Blighty and $7.9 million in Spain.

“Nemo” hooked $6.6 million in its third cruise in the U.K. (easing by 33%, but certain to surge this week as schools are on vacation), hoisting the territory total to a socko $34 million; toon has amassed $131.2 million in 26 markets, with Japan and continental Europe on the horizon.

Now in release in all major markets, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” ascended to $95.5 million on the back of a $6 million frame, including Sweden’s buoyant $232,000 opener on 52. Sean Connery starrer has captured a hearty $10.9 million in Germany, $7.6 million in Japan, $6.1 million in Italy, $5.9 million in France and $5 million in Oz.

“American Wedding” partied along to $106.2 million in 34 countries, with plenty more upside as it’s yet to venture in to Japan, Brazil and South Korea.

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