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‘Titanic’ towers o’seas

Boat pic steams ahead, but 'Will' bows well

As Fox’s “Titanic” continued its terrific run, the few brave titles to stray into the overseas box office had decidedly mixed results last weekend, with “Good Will Hunting,” “Jackie Brown” and, surprisingly, “G.I. Jane” among the winners, while “The Boxer” and “Great Expectations” had less than stellar outings.

Miramax’s “Good Will Hunting” (16-nation cume: $10.4 million) was the best newcomer in the U.K., bowing at the No. 2 spot behind stayer “Titanic,” with $1.9 million from 280 cinemas, ahead of UIP’s “Kiss the Girls” with $1.3 million from 269 prints.

After its eighth consecutive $40 million-plus frame, “Titanic” (cume: $647 million) sailed into sell-out seshes in India, sinking $101,933 from 11 ports, while posting record-busting bows in Lithuania and Estonia. James Cameron’s epic has become Argentina’s top grosser, passing BVI’s “The Lion King,” and is on course to pass “Die Hard 3” to become Japan’s top grosser. The boat pic has just passed Gallic title “Les Visiteurs” to become the top-grossing pic ever, with an $82.8 million cume, in France, which staged the most interesting contest at this weekend’s overseas box office.

France loves ‘Jane’

Domestic downer “G.I. Jane” (cume: $49 million) thrilled France, with $1.3 million from 248 prints, giving UIP’s “The Boxer” (cume: $5.4 million) a black eye, with a less-than-socko $382,092 from 135 screens, while “Good Will” held its own, with $971,000 from 147 houses.

“Good Will” also took $338,000 from 42 houses in Argentina, beating Sony’s “As Good as It Gets” (cume: $35.3 million), which chortled $313,140 from 42 sites. But the Jack Nicholson starrer had Brazil and Hong Kong rolling in aisles, with $844,800 and $188,565 from 109 and 14 screens, respectively, and raised smiles in Venezuela and Poland, with $78,840 and $105,980 from 15 and 30 houses, respectively.

“Good Will” scored $124,000 from 32 Dutch screens, against a solid $100,900 from 25 screens for UIP’s “Amistad,” and $89,900 from 21 screens for “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (which also stabbed a great $39,985 from five Swiss screens).

“Good Will” also charmed Italy, with $249,000 from 32 prints; Denmark, $72,000 from 20 sites; and South Africa, $104,000 from 38 theaters. But in Singapore, “Good Will’s” $148,000 from 18 screens was beaten by stablemate “Scream 2’s” (two-market cume: $5.1 million) hearty $261,000 splattering from 21 prints.

UIP’s “Kiss the Girls” (cume: $24.5 million) was less than enthralling in Germany, with $890,920 from 354 prints, but captured a strapping $1.5 million from 165 screens in Spain, ahead of stablemate “Amistad” (cume: $11 million), which unchained $487,874 from 171 houses, while freeing a so-so $113,462 from 51 Mexican prints.

Not-so-‘Great’ perfs

Fox’s “Great Expectations” (five-territory cume: $2.3 million) had so-so perfs in Spain, Germany and Austria, with $387,289, $825,285 and $8,422 from 145, 303 and 27 prints, respectively, but managed to increase 24% in its second lap in Italy after a so-so start.

In Australia, Miramax’s “Jackie Brown” (two-market cume: $1.5 million) nabbed a good $908,000 from 122 sites, ahead of Sony’s “The Replacement Killers” (seven-nation cume: $8.8 million), which shot a so-so $364,057 from 126 sites, while figures for “The Boxer” were unavailable owing to holidays in Melbourne.

UIP’s “Tomorrow Never Dies” (cume: $185.3 million) smacked a cool $588,777 from 116 Thai theaters, with only Japan left to go. In Japan, UIP’s “Mousehunt” squeaked a good $522,775 from 83 screens, while “Face/Off” (cume: $123.2 million) dipped 26% in its second lap.

In the Nordic region, BVI’s “Starship Troopers” (cume: $56.4 million) crawled $124,000 from 29 houses in Norway, ahead of UIP’s “The Jackal,” which shot $112,540 from 83 sites, while New Line’s “Boogie Nights” (cume: $9.4 million) sweated $61,175 from nine Swedish screens and Fox’s “Alien Resurrection” (cume: $83.5 million) slimed $12,605 from 30 sites in Finland.

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