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‘Aviator’ soaring o’seas

'Fockers' wows auds in Blighty

Those 11 Academy Award noms helped fly “The Aviator” to the top spots in France, Italy and Mexico and ensured modest drops for the Howard Hughes biopic in Germany, Spain and the U.K. last weekend.

In a productive frame, “Meet the Fockers” wowed auds in Blighty, “Closer” was victorious in Australia and Taiwan, and “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera” recorded one of its spiffier openings in Japan.

“Aviator” rang up an estimated $12.5 million from 22 markets, driving the cume to $34.7 million; it looks capable of reaching $100 million overseas. Martin Scorsese-helmed drama grabbed $3.9 million in France, $2.8 million in Italy and $1.2 million in Mexico.

Leonardo DiCaprio starrer has minted $4.6 million through its soph session in Germany (abating by 16%), $6.2 million after its third stanza in Spain (down 20%) and $11.1 million through its fifth wide in the U.K. (easing by 31%).

The frame’s champ, “Meet the Fockers,” whistled up $18.4 million from 1,626 playdates in 17 territories, spurring cume to $58.6 million. The Jay Roach-helmed laffer generated $14.8 million at 456 locations in the U.K., UIP’s third-biggest debut locally and in pounds eclipsing the bow of “Meet the Parents” by 261%.

Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro/Dustin Hoffman starrer was No. 1 in Brazil, clocking $1 million on 184, 37% up on the original, and netted $499,000 on 58 in Portugal. “Fockers” has amassed a stellar $23.6 million Down Under, $7.3 million in Mexico and $5.2 million in Russia.

“Closer” drew $10.2 million in 28 markets, bringing the cume to $45.1 million, racing past domestic’s $33.4 million. Mike Nichols-helmed drama grabbed $1.6 million in five days on 330 in Australia, a tony $236,000 on 27 in Holland and $207,000 on 19 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Sony’s pic has garnered a fine $11 million in the U.K., $5 million after its second turn in France (albeit plunging by 47% as “Aviator” landed), $4.2 million through its soph outing in Spain (declining by 27%) and $6.1 million in Germany after its third.

‘Sideways’ straight ahead

The five Oscar mentions for “Sideways” enhanced its profile as Fox’s comedy entered its first major markets, wining and dining in Australia with a tasty $813,000 on 59, including sneaks, and nabbing $656,000 on 72 in the U.K.

The six Oscar noms for “Ray” don’t appear to be stimulating interest in the Ray Charles saga, which orchestrated a passable $848,000 on 169 in Australia, a blah $400,000 on 103 in Japan and $361,000 on 126 in Spain. On limited release, Jamie Foxx starrer was muted in Russia and Sweden.

“Ray” has grossed an OK $2 million in 10 days in the U.K. (down 38%), a weak $1.2 million in 10 days in Italy (off 19%) and a respectable $3.1 million in 25 days in Germany. It’s scraped up just $8.8 million in 22 markets.

“Ocean’s Twelve” ruled Japan, making $3.9 million in its second sojourn (down 29%), to bring the market cume to a swell $15.4 million; its cume topped $185 million.

“Phantom of the Opera” drummed up $3.1 million on 269 in Japan, elevating its cume to $61 million and the global total to $100 million. Joel Schumacher-helmed musical has rustled up a solid $16.9 million in the U.K. and a terrif $11.6 million in South Korea but a uniformly soft $4.7 million in Oz, $4.3 million in Germany, $3.4 million in Spain and $1.4 million in Italy.

‘Elektra’ takes off

“Elektra” reigned in Spain, scoring $2.1 million on 350, and in Thailand ($559,000), the Philippines ($462,000), Malaysia, New Zealand and Indonesia. But the “Daredevil” spinoff crashed 68% in its second lap in the U.K., grossing $2.5 million so far; cume is $15 million in 19 territories.

“Blade: Trinity” clung to top spot in its second adventure in Germany despite tumbling by 58%, capturing $1.9 million, raising the market total to $7.4 million. New Line pic’s cume reached $48.1 million and with Japan, Spain, Russia and Taiwan ahead, will easily surpass domestic’s $52 million.

Continuing its checkered career, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” fetched an impressive $2.1 million in South Korea and a mediocre $1.2 million on 398 in Germany. Jim Carrey starrer has racked up $57.2 million in 25 markets, highlighted by the U.K.’s nifty $24.9 million and Oz’s $7.1 million. The fantasy hasn’t caught on in France or Spain.

“Emperors’ Journey,” a French docu on penguins, which BVI acquired for France, waddled into that market with a dandy $2.7 million on 408.

Warners’ Gallic hit “A Very Long Engagement” is traveling reasonably well, collaring $1 million on 244 in Germany, $586,000 on 121 in Spain, a strong $302,000 on 24 in Greece and $113,000 on 12 in Sweden. The WWII drama has mustered a so-so $1.4 million in 10 days in the U.K., down 26%. It’s earned $43.9 million in 19 countries.

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