‘Bots hit ‘Hitch’ o’seas

Brits pick toon, but Smith starrer still strong

Fox’s “Robots” conquered the U.K. and Spain but couldn’t catch the resilient “Hitch” in its second or third outings in other markets over the weekend.

Fox’s CGI toon generally bowed around 25% below “Ice Age” and had the misfortune of opening on the first sunny, warm weekend that parts of Europe had seen all year. But the distrib is counting on the kidpic to show its mettle as Easter approaches and school holidays start this week in Europe.

In a more predictable result, “National Treasure” took the gold in Japan, ahead of fellow frosh “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.”

The frame’s champ for the third straight weekend, “Hitch” wooed a projected $23 million from 5,160 playdates in 48 markets, propelling its cume to $98 million.

Will Smith/Eva Mendes coupling reigned in France, drawing an estimated $4.4 million on 569 prints, comparable with “Meet the Fockers'” recent bow.

Romantic comedy fetched $4.3 million in its second weekend wide in the U.K. (off 33%), boosting the market total to $15.5 million. Pic plunged by 44% in Italy, minting $4.9 million in 10 days.

In third-weekend sojourns, “Hitch” retained the lead in Germany, collecting $3.8 million (down 39%), for a local cume of $22.4 million; and in Australia, where it fell by a mild 23%, racking up $7.4 million thus far.

Toon nuts and bolts

“Robots” manufactured an estimated $16.8 million from debuts in 25 markets and holdovers in six, playing on 4,628 screens, elevating cume to $21.2 million. Toon rang up approximately $4.9 million on 466 in the U.K., including $2 million in sneaks; a disappointing $2.4 million on 868 in Germany; and $1.88 million on 425 in Spain.

Family pic helmed by Chris Wedge grabbed a top-ranked $1 million on 275 in Russia but was beaten by the second weekends of “Constantine” in Brazil (pocketing $780,000) and “Hitch” in Austria ($414,000).

“Robots” was tops in Sweden, collaring $399,000 on 113, shading the “Ring” sequel’s $355,000 on 41. It was a close race between those two in Norway, with Fox estimating $309,000 on 109 for its pic and UIP projecting $300,000 on 43 for its thriller.

Naomi Watts starrer triumphed in Mexico, snaring $2.27 million on 324, eclipsing the original’s $1.25 million opener. Pic nabbed a uniformly sturdy $450,000 in Turkey, $400,000 in Thailand, $380,000 in Holland, $275,000 in Greece and $215,000 apiece in New Zealand (No. 1) and Portugal; all told, it scared up $5.1 million from 810 screens in 14 territories.

Digging ‘Treasure’

Landing in Japan, its final major market, “National Treasure” uncovered an estimated $3.6 million, the biggest debut for a Jerry Bruckheimer/Nicolas Cage collaboration, 30% ahead of “The Rock.” Action-adventure collected an estimated $600,000 in China and its cume climbed to $153.2 million.

Ending its lucrative tour, the “Bridget Jones” sequel drew $1.7 million on 300 in Japan, 5% below the bow of “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Renee Zellweger/Colin Firth/Hugh Grant starrer has amassed a formidable $208.2 million and soon will cruise past the original’s $211 million..

“Constantine” ascended to $98.3 million after banking approximately $7.9 million in 42 territories. Supernatural saga minted a strapping $3.9 million in the U.K., including sneaks, and $351,000 on 66 in Argentina.

“Meet the Fockers” peaked at $220.6 million after earning $4.6 million from holdovers in 56 markets; Japan and South Korea are ahead.

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