'Incredibles,' 'Snicket' also the ticket o'seas

“Ocean’s Twelve,” “The Incredibles” and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” were the big winners overseas last weekend, while the most conspicuous loser was “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.”

The tuner helmed by Joel Schumacher had a decent hold in the U.K. but demonstrated limited appeal as it ventured into continental Europe, ringing up $885,000 on 430 screens in Germany, $751,000 on 253 in Spain and $199,000 on 133 in Italy.

“Phantom” has orchestrated a tony $6.1 million in 10 days in the U.K., easing by 23%, and a rousing $4.1 million in ditto in South Korea.

One U.S. distrib suspects launching the musical overseas before domestic may have backfired because it can’t benefit from buzz generated Stateside, while others say it may be too upmarket for mainstream tastes. Fielded overseas by Odyssey Entertainment, it’s mustered $12.8 million in 11 territories.

$28.9 mil for ‘Twelve’

The weekend’s champ, “Ocean’s Twelve” conned an estimated $28.9 million as it bowed in 27 countries, seizing the top spots in most of the significant markets except Italy, where it was beaten by frosh “Shrek 2″ and two local comedies, “Tu la conosci Claudia?” (which made $3.9 million) and “Christmas in Love” ($2.9 million).

The sequel opened below the original in euros in France, Germany, Spain and Sweden, but well ahead in dollars thanks to favorable exchange rates. Steven Soderbergh-helmed crime caper stole $7.5 million in France, $5.3 million in Germany, $3.5 million in Spain, $2.2 million in Italy and $1.4 million apiece in Holland and Switzerland.

Similarly impressive were its preems of $990,000 in Sweden, $547,000 in Norway, $492,000 in Hong Kong, $413,000 in Israel and $371,000 in Singapore. Its cume hit $35.2 million, including Australia’s $6.7 million in 11 days, where it was still No. 1 despite sinking by 50%.

An ‘Incredibles’ $26.7 mil

“Incredibles” captured $26.7 million from 7,000 prints in 37 markets, propelling its cume to $189.5 million. Pixar/Disney pic muscled into Mexico with $3.5 million on 680 and South Korea for $1.8 million on 221 — in both, slightly below “Finding Nemo.”

The superheroes saga rustled up $3.8 million in its soph session in Germany (down 34%), scoring $11 million to date; $3.9 million in the fourth frame in France (off 10%), tallying $26.8 million; and $3.2 million in the third in Japan (abating by 32%) banking $20.1 million.

“Lemony Snicket” reigned in the U.K., ringing up $4.2 million on 452, and fetched $1.56 million on 222 in Australia (36% up on “Peter Pan’s” first weekend) and a top-ranked $245,000 on 51 in New Zealand.

Winding its travels in Japan, “The Terminal” trapped a fine $3.8 million on 274, sending its cume to $103.5 million. It couldn’t catch local animated phenom “Howl’s Moving Castle,” which amassed $6.7 million in its fifth chapter, hoisting its estimated cume to $95.3 million.

Landing in Italy, its final major market, “Shrek 2″ whistled up a terrif $4.2 million on 300, elevating its cume to $452.1 million.

‘Express’ hits $64.2 mil

“The Polar Express” minted $11.3 million from 5,700 screens in 46 territories, spurring cume to $64.2 million. With Russia, Turkey and a few Asian markets on the horizon, the Christmas tale could reach $100 million.

The pricey pic’s generally modest drops, buoyed by the start of school vacation in some places, point to good word of mouth among kids, although it’s failing to connect with teens and their elders. The Tom Hanks starrer has generated a handy $7.8 million in 10 days in the U.K. (off just 8%), $6 million in France (up 19%), $7.3 million in Germany (down 19%) and $7.1 million in Japan (slipping by 22%), all through its third adventures.

“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” charmed its way to $153.7 million after earning nearly $11 million in 29 territories, and with Italy and Japan ahead seems destined for north of $200 million. The romantic comedy had lively bows in Greece and Thailand and through its second weekends has wooed a hearty $8.9 million in France (albeit falling by 48%) and $5 million in South Korea.

‘Predator’ preys on Japan

“Alien vs. Predator” devoured a meaty $2.9 million on 380 in Japan, its last market. The creature feature’s cume hit $77.1 million, closing in on domestic’s $79 million.

“National Treasure” scored in Taiwan, nabbing $1 million on 20 runs, with sneaks, marking a personal best for topliner Nicolas Cage. It’s uncovered $42 million in only 13 markets, including Italy’s $6.5 million in 10 days (plummeting by 69%, crushed by the competition), and Spain’s swell $10.2 million in 17 days.

“Garfield: The Movie” drew a so-so $384,000 on 175 in China, its final destination, upping cume to $120.2 million, eclipsing domestic’s $74.2 million.

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