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‘Constantine’ rules

Supernatural thriller reigns over Asian B.O.

Millions of folks in Asia celebrated Chinese New Year by flocking to Warners’ “Constantine” last weekend, while much of Europe greeted “Meet the Fockers,” which celebrated a three-peat as the top title overseas.

Adding zip to a buoyant frame abroad were family pics that benefited from school vacations in the U.K., Germany and Scandinavia, as well as generally classy debuts by Oscar hopefuls “The Aviator,” “Finding Neverland,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Sideways.”

“Fockers” rang up an estimated $21 million from debuts in 10 markets and holdovers in 28, driving cume to $113.5 million. It’s heading for north of $200 million with France, Germany, Japan and South Korea ahead.

Jay Roach-helmed laffer yocked up $5.9 million on 497 screens in Italy, a UIP record in dollars locally, a whisker ahead of “Jurassic Park.” It also scored $791,000 in Holland, $645,000 in Greece, $440,000 in Turkey, $380,000 in Poland and $326,000 in Norway. It was No. 1 in all except Norway, where it was beaten by “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.”

Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro starrer easily held pole position in its soph session in Spain with $3.4 million, off 27%, for a $9.3 million cume. It remained No. 1 in its third week in Blighty, where it minted $5.6 million, down 36%; cume is $37.7 million. With $25.3 million in the till in Oz, it’s overtaken “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” to rank as UIP’s third-highest grosser behind “Shrek 2” and “Babe.”

“Constantine,” starring Keanu Reeves as a supernatural detective, unearthed nearly $12 million from five Asian markets, led by South Korea’s $5.5 million in six days, Taiwan’s $3.4 million in five days (hailed by WB as an opening weekend record for Chinese New Year) and Hong Kong’s $1.5 million in five days.

Pic nabbed $982,000 in Singapore and $560,000 in Malaysia. In Hong Kong it was shaded by “The Incredibles,” which has banked $2.9 million in 11 days, sending cume to $362.6 million.

“Kung Fu Hustle” rustled up $1.2 million in five days in Thailand, the most successful Chinese-lingo release in the market, according to Sony. Action-comedy, which has generated an impressive $64.9 million in Asia, will begin its European adventures in June.

“The Aviator” flew to $63.5 million in 34 territories and, with Japan, Russia, Korea and Hong Kong on the horizon, has a shot at reaching $100 million. Martin Scorsese’s epic was powered by Australia’s top-ranked $1.4 million, Taiwan’s $1 million, Brazil’s $682,000 (also No. 1) and New Zealand’s $217,000. Howard Hughes biopic has racked up a superb $12.8 million in the U.K., $7.9 million in Germany and $7.5 million in Spain.

“Finding Neverland” levitated to $34 million in 24 territories, boosted by Spain’s nifty $1.6 million preem, Germany’s muted $970,000 on 199 and Mexico’s $375,000 on 146. Johnny Depp starrer collected $1.4 million in Italy, falling by a mild 32%, scoring $4.4 million in 10 days.

“Sideways” imbibed a tasty $811,000 on 135 screens in France and $90,000 on 15 in Belgium but went thirsty in Taiwan, limited to 12 prints. Fox’s road trip has bottled a full-bodied $2.9 million in the U.K. and $1.8 million in Australia through its third sojourns, and $1.2 million after its second in Germany. Cume is $8.8 million in 28 markets.

Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” punched up a solid $309,000 on 115 prints in Brazil and $164,000 on 35 in Argentina. Hilary Swank starrer has pocketed $13.3 million in just 10 territories, including the U.K.’s $6.9 million, Spain’s $3.4 million in 10 days (improving by 5%) and Oz’s $1.8 million in 11 days (slipping 21%).

“The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” drew a hearty $2.4 million in the U.K. and a fair $1.2 million in France. Nick toon has grossed a tidy $32.6 million in 16 markets, highlighted by the Germany’s $8.8 million, Oz’s $5.2 million and Mexico’s $3.5 million.

CGI kidpic “The Magic Roundabout” (a Miramax pickup domestically) conjured up a jaunty $2.9 million in Blighty, including sneaks. It made an unexceptional $2.6 million after its second turn in France, where Gallic laffer “Iznogoud” reigned, whistling up a terrif $6.6 million.

New Line’s “Son of the Mask” struggled in the U.K., making $1.3 million on 329, to rank sixth.

“Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” fetched a promising $2.3 million from six markets, led by Norway’s $493,000, Poland’s $443,000, Sweden’s $360,000 (No. 1 in all) and Denmark’s $253,000.

Winding its tour in Japan, “The Bourne Supremacy” trapped a perky $3.1 million in three days on 280, elevating cume to $103.7 million, overtaking “Bourne Identity’s” $92.2 million. On Saturday-Sunday it was beaten by “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera,” which orchestrated $2.4 million in its third stanza (up 4%), spurring cume to $15.9 million. That makes Japan the tuner’s most lucrative market; its estimated cume hit $75 million.

“Alexander” marched to $125.4 million, driven by Argentina’s $214,000 on 50 screens (the market leader) and Japan’s fair $5.6 million through its third campaign.

Entering its first major markets, “Hide and Seek” scared up a dandy $1.8 million in Mexico (No. 1), $1.3 million in Oz, $418,000 in Russia and $254,000 in Sweden.

“Ocean’s Twelve” surged to $215.1 million, fueled by the U.K.’s $13 million in 10 days (down 37%) and Japan’s $26.5 million through its fourth.

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