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'Tomorrow,' 'Anastasia' power B.O. frame

‘Tis the season to be jolly at cinemas overseas, and this one is shaping up as one of the most bountiful in years, as exhibs and audiences feast on a smorgasbord of action-adventures, comedies and family fare.

Among last week’s glad tidings were the smash world preem of James Bond pic “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Anastasia’s” bewitching international debuts in two Latino territories and “Flubber’s” slam-dunks in four markets.

Adding kudos to the frame, “The Full Monty’s” global cume surpassed $150 million ($122.7 million of that offshore) and “Men in Black” became the second blockbuster this year to top $300 million after “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” ($382 million).

“Tomorrow Never Dies” minted a colossal $8.4 million in six days on 461 screens in the U.K., a record entry for the 007 series, beating “Goldeneye’s” $8 million on 448 in the same frame, and a bit below “Mission: Impossible’s” $9.1 million on 408.

The omens look terrific for the Pierce Brosnan starrer after its first-day hauls of $1 million on 538 in France (battling a nationwide snowstorm) and $178,000 on 53 in Belgium (in the latter, another Bond record, also ahead of the opening days of “Lost World” and “Mission: Impossible”).

“Anastasia” wowed Mexico with $800,000 in three days on 279, the fourth-biggest animated entry in that market’s history behind “The Lion King,” “Hercules” and “Aladdin,” and the best ever for an animated release in a non-holiday period. Fox’s film also seized pole position in Colombia with $154,000 in three days on 57.

“Hercules” snared a strapping $11 million on 2,900 screens in 24 markets last week, elevating the cume to $105.5 million. The standouts are France’s $12.2 million in three weeks, Germany’s $10.3 million in its fourth lap and Italy’s $4.2 million amid a gradual rollout, which will build to about 500 screens. About the only place where “Herc” didn’t work was Japan, where it wound at $6.7 million.

In the early stages of its foreign campaign, Michael Caton-Jones’ “The Jackal” captured a potent $1 million in four days on 35 in South Korea and $349,000 in nine on 55 in Indonesia.

Robin Williams starrer “Flubber” bounced into Brazil with a socko $1 million in five days on 231 and had similarly jaunty launches in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Five-market cume is $2.3 million.

“Alien Resurrection” scared up $5.1 million from 14 markets, pushing its cume to $47.3 million. Highlights include France’s $14.2 million through the fifth round and the U.K.’s $9.7 million nearing the end of its third.

“Air Force One” ascended to $116.9 million, propelled by Japan’s $10.7 million after 17 days and Argentina’s $1.1 million after its soph session. “The Fifth Element” is knocking on the $200 million door with $198.5 million in the till, including $21.3 million in Japan.

P.J. Hogan’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding” waltzed to about $116 million, driven chiefly by its buoyant second frame in Germany.

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