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‘Constantine’ sees spirited Asia bows

Future looks grim for 'Mask'

Judging by their world preems in foreign markets over the weekend, a week ahead of domestic, the future looks pretty good for Warners’ “Constantine” and fairly grim for New Line’s “Son of the Mask.”

Capitalizing on the usually lucrative Chinese New Year period, “Constantine” captured a projected $11.3 million from five Asian markets. The “Mask” sequel uncovered an estimated $1.2 million in the U.K., ranking sixth, behind frosh kidpics “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” and “The Magic Roundabout” and the soph session of “Racing Stripes,” among others.

“Constantine,” starring Keanu Reeves as a supernatural detective, spooked an estimated $5.5 million in six days in South Korea (repping Warner’s third-biggest preem in the capital Seoul, behind the previous two “Matrix” editions); $1.56 million in five days in Hong Kong (the distrib’s fourth best bow and the 10th highest for a non-Chinese pic); and $2.6 million in five days in Taiwan (setting a Warner record in Taipei).

Pic nabbed approximately $966,000 in Singapore, accounting for nearly 50% of the top five titles’ B.O., and $571,000 in Malaysia.

Big auds for ‘Fockers’

In a lively weekend, “Meet the Fockers” wowed auds in Italy, Holland and sundry smaller markets; “The Aviator” conquered Australia and took off strongly in Taiwan; “Finding Neverland” enchanted folks in Spain but was less appealing in Germany and Mexico; and “The Bourne Supremacy” invaded Japan.

The champ overseas for the third consecutive frame, “Fockers” pulled in around $20.8 million from debuts in 10 markets and holdovers in 28 for UIP, hoisting cume to $111.5 million; that figure excludes its weekend preem in South Korea, handled by CJ Entertainment.

Jay Roach-helmed laffer rang up a projected $5.1 million on 550 locations in Italy, repping a 46% market share and UIP’s second highest bow behind “Jurassic Park.” Other stellar openings included Holland’s $765,000, Turkey’s $650,000, Greece’s $520,000, Norway’s $390,000 and Poland’s $365,000.

Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro starrer was No. 1 again in its third stanza in the U.K., minting $6 million to spur the market tally to a socko $38.2 million (off 31%), and in its second in Spain, where it dipped by 24% to $3.56 million for a $9.5 million cume.

‘Aviator’ still flying high

“Aviator” rustled up $1.4 million in Oz and $1 million in Taiwan. Martin Scorsese’s epic has racked up a splendid $13.3 million in the U.K. and $8 million after its fourth flight in Germany.

“Finding Neverland” conjured up an estimated $1.4 million in Spain (8% bigger than “Chicago”), $895,000 on 195 screens in Germany, $360,000 on 180 in Mexico and $225,000 in Austria. Johnny Depp starrer collected $1.4 million in Italy, falling by an acceptable 30%, scoring a sweet $4.4 million in 10 days.

“SpongeBob” drew $2.4 million from 440 in the U.K., (sans sneaks, the biggest opening for a Nick pic locally, narrowly ahead of “Rugrats: The Movie”) and a fair $1.2 million on 365 in France. Toon has grossed $32.6 million, including Germany’s $8.8 million, which has eclipsed the $1.4 million lifetime cume of “Rugrats.”

Released day-and-date with the U.S., “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” fetched a respectable $2.2 million from six markets, led by Sweden’s $550,000, Poland’s $443,000 (No. 1, the territory’s third best animated debut behind “Finding Nemo” and “Brother Bear”) and Norway’s $365,000.

‘Bourne’ bearing up well

Winding its tour in Japan, “Bourne Supremacy” mustered a solid $3.2 million in three days on 386 (the weekend total was comparable to that of “Bourne Identity”), elevating cume to $104 million.

Entering its first major markets, “Hide and Seek” found a feisty $1.8 million in Mexico, $1.3 million in Oz and $269,000 on 37 in Sweden.

“Ocean’s Twelve” cruised to $215.2 million, including the U.K.’s nifty $12.9 million after its second turn (down 37%) and Japan’s $26.5 million through its fourth.

“Sideways” uncorked a fruity $841,000 on 135 in France, contributing to a $2.8 million weekend in 22 markets, which brought the estimated cume to $8.8 million. Fox’s comedy has bottled a fine $2.9 million in Blighty (where it expanded from 88 to 102 screens in its third sojourn); $1.9 million after its third in Oz, easing by 24%; and $1.1 million in 11 days in Germany after widening from 76 to 103.

“The Incredibles” climbed to $362.5 million (pocketing $100 million of that this year), driven chiefly by Hong Kong’s dandy $3.1 million through its second chapter.

Buoyed by the school vacation in Germany, local animated pic “Felix” took the top spot with $1.6 million, up 67% over the opening weekend, for a cume of $3.1 million.

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