‘Hitch’ holds No. 1; ‘Robots’ romps

Smith finds love overseas

Going day-and-date with domestic paid dividends for “Robots” in Mexico and Southeast Asia over the weekend. That tactic didn’t work for “Hostage,” however, which was a distant second behind “Hitch’s” riches in the U.K.

The champ overseas for the second consecutive frame, “Hitch” wooed a projected $30.1 million on 4,640 screens in 42 markets, spurring the cume to $65.5 million. Unusually for a romantic comedy and boosted by Will Smith’s marquee value, the date-doctor caper is tracking as strongly internationally as at home.

The Smith/Eva Mendes starrer scored an estimated $8 million on 709 screens in Blighty (including $1.7 million in sneaks), after earning $160,000 at its one-week London platform. Sony’s laffer fetched a top-ranked $2.5 million on 300 in Italy; $1.4 million on 175 in South Korea (trailing a local pic and fellow frosh “Million Dollar Baby”); $740,000 on 58 in Belgium; and $700,000 in Holland. It also seized the top spots in Scandinavia.

Word of mouth buoyed “Hitch” in its soph sessions as it minted $6.5 million in Germany (off 26%), amassing a hefty $17.4 million so far; plus $1.8 million in Australia (still No. 1, down 34%), banking $5.4 million; and $1.5 million in Spain (falling by 39%), for a $4.8 million cume.

Bruce Willis headliner “Hostage” captured an estimated $1.3 million in the U.K., where the prior weekend’s leader, “Boogeyman,” plunged by 52%, spooking $2.9 million in 10 days.

“Robots” generated a terrif $2.5 million on 600 in Mexico, a solid $194,000 on 39 in Singapore (although shaded by “Hitch’s” second outing) and $139,000 on 33 in Malaysia. Fox’s toon was No. 1 in Indonesia and Puerto Rico as well.

“Constantine” collared an estimated $8.8 million in 38 territories, elevating cume to $85.9 million. Keanu Reeves starrer reigned on debut in Brazil, rustling up $1.5 million on 255, and in Turkey, commanding $830,000 on 115. Supernatural detective saga has mustered a sturdy $9.1 million in France, $8.9 million in Germany, $6.7 million in Spain, $6.2 million in Mexico, $6.1 million in Italy and $4.8 million in Oz.

“Meet the Fockers” ascended to $214 million after pocketing about $8.2 million, with plenty of upside as it’s yet to open in Japan and South Korea.

In its first foreign tryouts, “Be Cool” nabbed a tepid $942,000 on 241 in Australia and $157,000 on 63 in Taiwan.

“Hide and Seek” wasn’t too thrilling in Italy, uncovering $908,000 on 298. The Robert De Niro/Dakota Fanning starrer dropped by a typical 43% in Spain as it grossed $1.5 million, bringing the 10-day tally to $4.6 million; offshore cume is $43 million.

Jamie Foxx’s Oscar is giving “Ray” a second wind: The Ray Charles biopic whistled up an estimated $2.8 million from 1,200 playdates in 38 territories (up 10% from the prior weekend), sending cume to $36.5 million.

“Daredevil” spinoff “Elektra” drummed up a mediocre $1.5 million on 496 in France, and its cume topped $27 million.

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