'Constantine' can't end laffer's reign

“Constantine” collared an estimated $18.6 million from bows in 11 territories and holdovers in 14 over the weekend but “Meet the Fockers” had the last laugh as it remained the B.O. champ overseas for the fifth consecutive frame.

In an eventful weekend, “Shark Tale” triumphed as it wound its voyage in Italy; “Ray” clocked its best preem to date in France in an otherwise muted international perf; and “Hide and Seek” scared up impressive numbers in the U.K. and South Korea but wasn’t frightfully good in France.

“Fockers” rang up a projected $20.8 million from 4,185 locations in 48 territories, boosting cume to $184.7 million. In its sole opening, Jay Roach-helmed comedy fetched $524,000 on 53 in New Zealand, the third biggest entry for DreamWorks locally behind “Shrek 2” and “Gladiator.” Reigning in its soph sessions, Robert De Niro/Ben Stiller/Dustin Hoffman starrer minted $5 million in Germany (off just 15%) for a cume of $12.2 million; $1 million in Austria (easing by 7%), cuming $2.6 million; and $2.8 million in France (down 35%), amassing $8.7 million.

Big bow Down Under

Estimated “Constantine” cume climbed to $53.5 million, fueled by Australia’s beefy $2.4 million debut on 288 screens (No. 1), Italy’s $2.35 million on 360, Mexico’s top-ranked $2 million on 450 and Thailand’s $1.17 million on 220, with sneaks.

Keanu Reeves/Rachel Weisz starrer experienced typical drops for the genre in its second outings but has spooked a nonetheless sturdy $6.7 million so far in Germany, $4.7 million in Spain (still No. 1) and $6.2 million in France. South Korea has contributed a stellar $9.8 million through its third stanza.

“Shark Tale” caught an estimated $3 million on 351 in Italy for a 25% market share, although 21% below the bow of “Shrek 2.” Toon’s cume hit $174.8 million.

“Ray” whistled up $2.1 million on 259 in France, where Ray Charles is fondly remembered and auds often respond to director-driven dramas. The opening was comparable to the preems of “American Beauty” and “Hero.” Biopic starring Jamie Foxx took $200,000 on 35 in Belgium, where biz was battered by bad weather; and a fair $300,000 on 70 in South Korea, ahead of fellow frosh “Finding Neverland.” Cume is $25 million in 32 markets.

‘Seek’ finds coin

“Hide and Seek” discovered $3.1 million on 245 in the U.K, $1.6 million on 120 in South Korea, $1 million on 301 in France, $602,000 on 229 in Brazil, $577,000 on 95 in Taiwan and $331,000 on 30 in Hong Kong. Fox reported the John Polson-helmed thriller was No. 1 in Blighty, Brazil and Hong Kong and second in Korea.

“Hitch” seized the top spots in debuts in South Africa (wooing $440,000 on 80), Taiwan’s capital Taipei ($360,000 on 20) and Israel ($205,000 on 26). Romantic comedy starring Will Smith fell by just 22%-23% in its second sojourns, advancing to a hearty $3.3 million in Mexico and $1.8 million in Brazil.

Wine buffs in Mexico weren’t turned on by “Sideways,” which racked up just $117,000 on 80. But Alexander Payne’s road trip improved by 10% in its second tour of Spain, cuming $1.9 million, and eased by 29% in its second in Italy, banking $1.5 million. It’s bottled a respectable $18.3 million, with Japan and Russia the only significant markets ahead.

In their first offshore tryouts in the U.K., “Coach Carter” scored a decent $900,000 on 180 and “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” surfaced with $943,000 on 187, including a one-week London platform.

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