'Twelve' is the new o'seas champ

Boosted by some remarkable exchange-rate comparisons, “Ocean’s Twelve” was the No. 1 title abroad over the weekend, shading “The Incredibles.”

“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” enchanted auds in the U.K. and Australia, while “Shrek 2″ and “The Terminal” had stellar bows in their final major markets of Italy and Japan, respectively.

“Ocean’s Twelve” stole $29 million in 27 countries, propelling its cume to more than $35 million, according to Warners’ Sunday projections. Illustrating the greenback’s dramatic decline, in euros the sequel opened below “Ocean’s Eleven” in France, Germany and Spain — but it was well ahead in dollars.

The ensembler, headed by Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, made off with an estimated $7.5 million on 719 screens in France, in local currency 15% below the original but 30% better in dollars.

Steven Soderbergh-helmed heist caper grabbed $5.3 million on 810 prints in Germany, (respectively, 28% lower and 8% higher), $3.3 million on 426 in Spain (-18% and +22%) and $2.4 million on 382 in Italy (28% and 89% bigger).

“Ocean’s” nabbed $1.4 million on 135 in Holland (up 32% and nearly 100%), but plunged by 50% in its second outing in Australia, taking $1.7 million (still No. 1) and spurring the territory total to a hearty $6.7 million.

“Incredibles” drew an estimated $27.2 million, elevating its cume to $190 million. Its worldwide tally topped $400 million, the ninth animated pic to cross that milestone. Superheroes conquered Mexico, racking up a projected $3.7 million (slightly below “Finding Nemo”), and fetched $1.7 million in South Korea, on par with “Nemo” but trailing the preem of “Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary,” the tale of a legendary Korean-Japanese wrestler.

“Incredibles” pocketed roughly $4 million in its third stanza in Japan (abating by just 18%), tallying $20.9 million so far; $3.7 million its soph session in Germany (off 36%), banking $11.2 million; and $3.2 million in its fourth in the U.K. (down 30%), cuming $41.5 million.

“Lemony Snicket” reigned in the U.K., ringing up an estimated $4.2 million on 455, level with “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” which went on to gross a tidy £16 million ($31 million).

The Brad Silberling-directed fable trapped $1.56 million on 221 in Australia, 127% bigger than “Grinch,” plus $250,000 on 51 in New Zealand and $180,000 on 50 in Portugal.

“The Terminal” checked into Japan with $3.9 million on 303 screens, rated as 44% bigger than the bow of Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” although trailing the fifth weekend of local animated phenom “Howl’s Moving Castle.” “Terminal’s” cume ascended to $103.6 million, becoming the 24th title to cross $100 million this year.

“Shrek 2″ triumphed in Italy, corralling about $3.5 million on 424 locations, 202% bigger than the first “Shrek,” which wasn’t great in that market. That brought its estimated cume to $450 million, beating domestic’s $436 million.

“The Polar Express” minted an estimated $10.5 million, hoisting cume to $63.5 million. Buoyed by school vacation, the Tom Hanks-voiced toon collected $2.2 million in its second turn in the U.K., easing by 9%, upping the total to $7.8 million. Warner’s kidpic has generated $7.3 million in Germany, $5.5 million in France (both through its third adventures) and $4.9 million after its fifth in Oz.

“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” advanced to about $154 million, highlighted by France’s $8.5 million in 12 days, Germany’s $11.3 million in 18 days, the U.K.’s $63 million and Spain’s $9.4 million. In the latter two markets, it’s overtaken the lifetime dollar totals of “Love Actually.”

“National Treasure” jumped to $42.8 million, boosted by Spain’s $8.1 million (albeit dropping 50%) and Italy’s $7.5 million (down a projected 30%), both after 10 days, and Germany’s $12 million through its fourth frame.

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