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'Kill,' 'Mystic,' 'Rundown' share the wealth

Don’t look for consistency among last weekend’s debutantes, as audience tastes and different competitive environments saw “Kill Bill, Vol. 1,” “Mystic River” and “The Rundown” zig and zag overseas.

Quentin Tarantino’s splatterfest resonated strongly in the U.K., where it fetched $4.5 million on 372 screens, tallying $4.9 million including its London platform. It also went down well in Australia, with $1.6 million on 188, although Oz exhibs were hoping for a bigger bang after last week’s promo visits by the helmer and thesp Daryl Hannah generated huge media coverage.

But “Kill Bill” wasn’t as potent in Germany, mustering $2 million on 620. Auds there preferred the soph sesh of “Bad Boys II” and “The Miracle of Bern,” director Sonke Wortmann’s pic based on the German soccer team’s improbable win in the 1954 World Cup, which kicked off with a jaunty $2.8 million on 411.

“Bill” captured a hearty $470,000 on 71 in Austria (benefiting from a less restrictive rating than in Germany), a top-ranked $221,000 on 61 in Poland and a so-so $270,000 on 33 in Hong Kong, a market dominated by Chinese product.

‘Boys’ looking good

The frame’s champ, “Bad Boys II,” arrested $16.2 million from 4,525 engagements in 50 markets, hoisting cume to $85.2 million, with Japan ahead. The Will Smith/Martin Lawrence starrer drummed up $3.9 million on 688 screens in France, $1.3 million on 196 in Russia (No. 1 in both), $1.5 million on 358 in Italy and $400,000 on 90 in Portugal. Actioner has racked up $10.1 million in Germany (tumbling by 49%) and it retained pole position with more modest drops in its second outings in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland.

In its offshore preems, “Mystic River” rang up $1.7 million on 320 prints in France, where helmer Clint Eastwood is revered, but a mediocre $482,000 on 119 in the U.K., drawing better in the capital than in the provinces. “River” flowed well in French-speaking Switzerland ($169,000 on 15, a personal best for Eastwood) and Belgium ($181,000 on 24).

Sony decided “Rundown” doesn’t mean much abroad and retitled it to “Welcome to the Jungle” or variations on that. The Rock headliner ruled in Singapore ($260,000 on 35) and Malaysia ($250,000 on 35) without scaling great heights, but under-performed in Taiwan ($100,000 on 14), a territory that normally embraces that genre.

‘Cruelty’ finds leverage

Beginning its offshore adventures, “Intolerable Cruelty” wooed a winning $2.5 million on 234 in Italy (Universal’s sixth biggest bow in the market); a solid $640,000 on 222 in Mexico; $525,000 on 156 in Brazil (No. 1, comparable to “Bridget Jones’s Diary”); and $378,000 on 49 in German-speaking Switzerland. But the George Clooney/Catherine Zeta-Jones starrer was only fair in Taiwan, fetching $182,000 on 52.

“America Wedding” uncorked $3.8 million on 598 in France, just pipped by those bad boys, contributing to a $6.5 million weekend in 32 countries, which spurred the cume to $100.5 million. That makes it Universal’s fifth release this year to cross the century mark — joining “8 Mile,” “Johnny English,” “The Hulk” and “2 Fast 2 Furious” — and the industry’s 19th.

“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” minted $10.6 million on 3,860 screens in 35 markets, driving its cume to $85.1 million. Sean Connery starrer snared an unexceptional $3.3 million on 365 in Blighty, including sneaks, and through its second weekends has coined $4.8 million in Italy (off by 38%) and $5.6 million in Japan (plunging by 49%).

“S.W.A.T.” collared $1 million on 402 in Mexico (trailing the second turn of “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” in that kid-friendly territory), bringing its cume to $25.1 million in 20 markets, highlighted by Japan’s $14.1 million. The “Spy Kids” caper eased by a mere 10% in Mexico, scoring $3.7 million in 10 days; it has earned a handy $4.7 million in nine days in Japan.

Fish finds fanciers

“Finding Nemo” surged to $123.7 million on the back of the U.K.’s $9.6 million in its second weekend wide (easing by 22%), lifting the territory total to a socko $26.6 million.

Excellent word of mouth buoyed “Calendar Girls” in Oz, undressing $1.9 million in 11 days, a trifling 4% slip. British comedy, about a middle-class group of women who bared all for charity, has pocketed a terrif $25.7 million at home and reigned again in its soph sesh in New Zealand, grossing $636,000 so far.

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