‘Impact’ deep o’seas

Sci-fier tops soft B.O. with $19 mil in 15 territories

“Deep Impact” lived up to its name and U.S. reputation as Mimi Leder’s sci-fi disaster had stellar debuts in 15 foreign territories last week, hauling in $19 million from 2,100 screens.

Elsewhere, spring biz overseas remained lethargic, although that was expected to change over the May 22-24 weekend in nine markets including the Netherlands, Brazil and Argentina, where “Deep Impact” rolled in.

The DreamWorks/Universal release handled by UIP minted a very good but not exceptional $3.9 million in six days on 379 in the U.K. The distrib said the B.O. was affected by sweltering heat, but one booker confided he was worried about the lack of buzz until the ad campaign kicked in.

The Robert Duvall/Tea Leoni topliner collected a uniformly excellent $3.7 million on 596 in Germany, $2.8 million on 288 in Italy, $2.5 million on 239 in Mexico and $2.1 million on 205 in Spain, all in six days.

Released in South Korea by Cheil Jedang, “Impact” scored a feisty $1 million in five days on 35. Austria delivered $656,000 in five days on 67, South Africa did $428,000 in six days on 61 and Switzerland fetched $315,000 in five days on 49.

“Titanic” sails on

The resilient “Titanic” harvested $13.2 million from 3,835 screens in 57 territories last week, propelling the cume to a whammo $1.097 billion. James Cameron’s juggernaut crossed the $1.1 billion threshold over the weekend.

In Japan, “Titanic” cruised past animated click “The Princess Mononoke” to seize the mantle of highest-grosser in history: the 51st territory where Cameron’s phenom ranks as all-time B.O. champ. Continuing its unbroken run in top spot for 22 weeks, the romantic drama has earned a colossal $148.3 million

In China, “Titanic” pocketed about $1.1 million in its seventh outing on 500 screens, upping the cume to an extraordinary $36.3 million.

Fading “Colors”

Being launched at the Cannes fest did not arouse much curiosity in France for “Primary Colors,” which trailed Gallic hits “Le Diner de Cons” and “Taxi.” Mike Nichols’ political satire, which polled poorly in Australia two months ago, opened in Taiwan with an OK $256,000 in four days on 34.

Aussie auds are still toasting “The Wedding Singer,” which has earned a boisterous $8.3 million in five weeks.

In their soph sessions, “The Object of My Affection” abated by 27% for a breezy $1.3 million to date, and “The Boys,” Rowan Woods’ gritty slice of Australian social realism, has a decent $143,000, now at nine theaters.

Among the also-rans, “U.S Marshals” isn’t taking many prisoners overseas, arresting $31.8 million thus far from 37 countries. “Great Expectations” just can’t find an audience anywhere, tallying $17.8 million in 36 markets. “Sphere” has a watery $33 million and “Mr. Magoo” a soft $9.6 million from 22 territories.

In the U.K., “Sliding Doors” stood up well to the heat, easing by 28% for a strapping $7.4 million in 20 days. “The Man Who Knew Too Little” and “Wild Things” stiffed, while Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh” got upbeat reviews and a sexy $141,000 in six days on 22 screens.

Teutonic exhibs were cheered by “Impact” and “Frau Rettich die Czerni und Ich,” a comedy about three girlfriends who go to Spain, where all hell breaks loose as they are pursued by two men.

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