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‘Gothika,’ ‘Dates’ are ‘Bill’ killjoys o’seas

Tarantino sequel continues to track below original

In a generally ho-hum frame overseas as exhibs await “Van Helsing,” which invades 46 countries next weekend, “Kill Bill Vol. 2” clung to pole position in the U.K. over the weekend but surrendered the lead to “Gothika” in Australia and to “50 First Dates'” spry soph session in Germany.

Perhaps the most surprising result was “Godsend’s” victory in Spain, considering the Greg Kinnear/Rebecca Romijn-Stamos headliner was hardly blessed in its domestic debut.

Emulating its U.S. trajectory, the second edition of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” is tracking below the original overseas. Uma Thurman/David Carradine starrer rang up an estimated $2.4 million in Blighty (tumbling by 42%, excluding the sneaks that inflated the opening weekend), propelling the market cume to a nifty $10 million.

Elsewhere, its projected running totals included Germany’s $4.5 million in 11 days (falling by around 50%), Australia’s $4 million in ditto (down 57%) and Italy’s $3.9 million in 10 days (declining by a modest 25%).

‘Mansion’ haunts Japan

In its second stanza in Japan, “Bill” drummed up approximately $1.3 million (off by about 30%), thumped by “The Haunted Mansion,” which grabbed $3.5 million in its second (easing by just 10%) to lift its haul to a terrif $12 million. Disney family pic toplining Eddie Murphy climbed to $85.6 million, en route to $100 million.

“Gothika” captured $1.2 million on 189 screens in Oz, its final major market, driving its cume to $75.4 million, well ahead of domestic’s $59.6 million.

Illustrating Spanish auds’ enthusiasm for the horror/thriller genre, “Godsend” fetched an estimated $1 million.

‘Dates’ wins in Brazil

Adam Sandler had a career-best bow in Brazil with “50 First Dates,” which wooed $630,000 on 170 to disarm “Anger Management.” Romantic comedy drew $1.9 million in Germany (abating a mere 22%), amassing $5 million thus far, and declined by only 12% to $860,000 in Spain, banking $2.1 million in 10 days.

Sony estimated “Dates” collected $6.8 million in 30 territories, spurring cume to a hearty $45.6 million, highlighted by the U.K.’s $11.6 million through its fourth engagement.

“Secret Window” opened with a fair $1.36 million on 420 in Germany and a mediocre $1.4 million on 370 in the U.K..

“Shaun of the Dead” advanced to $10.9 million after 24 days in the U.K.– ironically, more than “Dawn of the Dead,” the pic it spoofs, has earned in that territory.

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