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'Fockers' remains at the top overseas

“Meet the Fockers” scored a double victory over “Ocean’s Twelve” for the weekend as the laffer’s soph session easily fought off the debuting heist caper in the U.K. and retained the crown as the frame’s No. 1 title overseas.

Among Oscar contenders, “Finding Neverland” charmed auds in Italy, “Million Dollar Baby” packed a fair punch in Australia and Spain and “Sideways” motored along nicely in the U.K. and Oz.

“Fockers” rang up a projected $18.3 million from bows in eight territories and holdovers in 20, playing at 2,379 locations, elevating cume to $84.8 million. The Jay Roach-helmed pic nabbed an estimated $4.6 million on 426 screens in Spain (repping UIP’s third biggest bow, 380% bigger than the preem of “Meet the Parents”); $600,000 on 70 in Taiwan (29% up on the predecessor); $440,000 on 50 in Sweden (135% ahead); and $330,000 in Denmark.

The Robert De Niro/Ben Stiller/Dustin Hoffman starrer eased by a mild 35% in the U.K., snaring approximately $8.76 million; that hoisted the market cume to $29.2 million, already eclipsing “Parents'” lifetime total. “Fockers” has amassed $24.7 million in Australia, $13 million more than the first pic, and $8 million in Mexico.

“Ocean’s Twelve” stole an estimated $6.6 million from 450 situations in the U.K., its last major market: That’s 19% below the opening of “Ocean’s Eleven” and around $1 million-$1.8 million less than local exhibs had predicted.

Warners’ pic captured an estimated $11.8 million overseas, propelling cume to $201.6 million, including Japan’s juicy $21.3 million through its third sojourn. That makes “Twelve” the first pic to rake in $100 million abroad this year after it banked $93 million in 2004.

“Finding Neverland” conjured up a projected $1.8 million in Italy to claim top spot, slightly bigger than “Chicago” and 20% up on “Cold Mountain.” Johnny Depp starrer minted an estimated $250,000 in Brazil and $145,000 in Argentina.

Riding on its seven Oscar noms, Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” punched up $1.3 million in Spain and $895,000 on 105 Down Under, including sneaks.

“Sideways” hit the road in Brazil, taking a fair $133,000 on 76. Fox’s comedy expanded from 72 to 88 prints in the U.K., bottling $773,000, to raise the market haul to a tasty $1.8 million in 10 days; and it improved by 2% in Oz, pocketing $1.4 million in 11 days on 59.

Winding its lucrative tour, “The Incredibles” drew $700,000 in Hong Kong, a fraction below “Toy Story 2,” which holds the territory record for a U.S. toon bow. Its cume hit $359 million, overtaking “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” to rank as the 20th biggest title of all time overseas.

A steady earner in Oz, “Racing Stripes” galloped into the U.K. with a pleasing $2.2 million.

“Closer” grossed a decent $500,000 on 100 prints in South Korea, contributing to a $6.5 million weekend that pushed its cume to $55.2 million in 33 markets. Mike Nichols-helmed drama retained pole position in its second stanza in Oz, falling by 34%, coining $2.9 million so far, and it’s clocked a lusty $12.9 million after its fourth in Blighty. With Japan and a handful of smaller territories ahead, pic is headed for around $75 million, Sony believes.

In a blah weekend in Germany, “The Aviator” moved up to top spot in its third flight, taking $1.3 million (off 25%), to bring the market haul to a swell $6.6 million.

“Ray” advanced to $13.5 million from limited and platform releases in 27 territories. Ray Charles bio whistled up a passable $155,000 from 41 screens in Brazil but tanked on 35 in Mexico. Jamie Foxx starrer has garnered a solid $3.6 million in 32 days in Germany, outgrossing “Ali,” “The Hurricane,” “Malcolm X” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” It’s cumed a hearty $1.6 million in 11 days in Australia; $2.7 million in 17 days in the U.K.; and a lousy $1.2 million in nine days in Japan.

Among the frame’s also-rans, “White Noise” made a tame $750,000 on 127 in France; local animated family film “Felix” barely meowed in Germany, milking $775,000 on 560; and “Seed of Chucky” suffered a similar fate to most horror items in Oz, with $260,000 on 101.

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