'Peter,' 'Girl,' 'Hildago' drag o'seas market

Biz in most markets predictably tumbled last weekend after the Easter vacation, also weighed down by a bunch of losers including “Peter Pan,” “Hidalgo” and “The Girl Next Door.”

King for the fifth consecutive weekend, “The Passion of the Christ” commanded an estimated $25 million in 53 markets, and its cume levitated to $187 million.

Religious drama plunged by 42% after its celestial bow in Italy but exhibs are delighted with its performance, and its $18.9 million harvest in 12 days already makes Italy the most lucrative market.

Crucifixion tale generally declined sharply after Easter but it’s still taking tidy sums in some territories. Stellar results include Mexico’s $18.4 million, the U.K.’s $18.3 million, Brazil’s $12.6 million, Spain’s $11.5 million, France’s $10.3 million and South Korea’s $10 million.

France was buoyed by “Two Brothers,” helmer Jean-Jacques Annaud’s tale of two tiger cubs separated at birth, which devoured an estimated $4 million in its second stanza (off 35%), elevating market cume to $12 million: an excellent omen for domestic distrib Universal.

“Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” captured $12.2 million on more than 4,800 screens in 41 territories, off just 11% on the prior weekend, upping cume to $66.2 million. Family pic scored a ho-hum $1.1 million on 300 in Italy, where the original didn’t bite.

However the Mystery Inc. gang is resonating in France, rustling up $5.4 million in 12 days, easing by 14%. And it’s still No. 1 in its third adventures in the U.K., banking $23.9 million so far, and in Mexico, where it fetched $7.4 million.

Dog beats cat

The canine caper is mauling the spotty “The Cat in the Hat,” which advanced to $27.2 million, with Italy and Japan the only remaining major markets. Mike Myers starrer’s best efforts are the U.K.’s $11 million and Australia’s $5.4 million but it’s tanked in France, Germany, Spain and Southeast Asia.

“Starsky & Hutch” collared $6.5 million from 2,100 engagements in 18 territories, hoisting cume to $41.5 million. Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller starrer rang up $1.3 million on 333 in Spain and $565,000 on 320 in Mexico. Miramax pic seized pole position in Singapore, Sweden, Norway and Finland, and stayed aloft in Oz, coining $1.8 million in its second weekend (down 29%), for $5.9 million so far. Its $22.1 million bounty after six weeks in the U.K. ranks as Miramax’s second best result there behind “Chicago.”

“50 First Dates” wooed $5.5 million from 1,400 screens in 17 markets, spurring cume to $26.5 million. Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore starrer slipped by a trifling 14% to $2.2 million in its second turn in the U.K., collecting a neat $8 million. Romantic comedy was tops in New Zealand with $570,000 on 56, including $235,000 from the prior weekend’s sneaks, and it picked up a decent $560,000 on 82 in South Korea.

Johnny Depp’s star power after “Pirates of the Caribbean” helped ensure sturdy lift-offs for “Secret Window,” led by Italy’s $1.6 million on 252 (bigger than “Panic Room”), France’s $1.6 million on 399 and Spain’s $1.5 million on 252. Similarly perky were Belgium’s $218,000 on 30 and Holland’s $208,000 on 35.

Zombies big in Russia

“Dawn of the Dead” awoke to a mild $1.1 million on 347 in Germany, including sneaks, good enough to be No. 1 in a sick market, and a top-ranked $215,000 on 33 in Austria. Zombie pic dug up a potent $436,000 on 97 in Russia and a so-so $175,000 on 20 in Hong Kong, and it’s captured a hearty $9.3 million in 24 days in the U.K. and $1.5 million in 17 days in Mexico.

Spoof “Shaun of the Dead” drew $2.1 million in the U.K. (falling by an acceptable 30%), bringing the 10-day cume to $7.6 million.

Winding its foreign journey in Japan, “Peter Pan” conjured up a dismal $921,000 on 365, and Sony’s hopes that it will rally during the Golden Week holidays that begin April 29 now seem unlikely to mature. P.J. Hogan-helmed fantasy has grossed a modest $65.1 million, better than domestic’s $48.4 million.

The luckless “Hidalgo” bit the dust in Blighty ($817,000 on 293) and was only slightly less embarrassing in Japan ($1.2 million on 230). Oater has scraped up $26.1 million in 33 markets, led by Spain’s $6.9 million, Germany’s $2.9 million in 11 days (plunging by 45%) and Italy’s $2 million in 10 days (dropping 33%). With only Mexico ahead, its cume won’t catch domestic’s $64 million.

After No. 1 bows in Singapore and Taiwan, “Hellboy” went 3-for-3 in Malaysia, raising $302,000 on 43, which Sony hailed as the territory’s second-biggest debut this year.

“Spy Kids 3D: Game Over” dialed up a dull $1 million on 430 in France, its last major market, no surprise as the franchise hadn’t worked there. It’s amassed $77.3 million.

Domestic dud “The Girl Next Door” saw a skimpy $1.3 million on 325 in the U.K., with sneaks, and a fair $419,000 on 202 in Mexico, indicating a tough road ahead for Fox’s confection.

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