Socko debuts by “Mission: Impossible 2” in five territories plus impressive bows by “Dinosaur” in four countries and “Gladiator’s” solid but not spectacular launch in Japan energized the foreign B.O. last weekend.
In much of Europe, however, distribs have decided not to compete with the Euro 2000 soccer play-offs and receipts plunged across-the-board.
Day-and-date with its insipid domestic preem, “Titan A.E.” invaded Singapore, fetching a meager $104,000 from 25 engagements. Nonetheless, Fox Intl. believes it’s devised a strong campaign, which will give the animated pic a better chance of finding auds abroad. Its first major market date is July 7 in Brazil.
“Mission: 2” raked in $7.9 million from 10 countries, bringing its cume to $19.8 million in only the third weekend of international release. John Woo’s actioner minted $2.1 million in two days on 75 in South Korea (an all-time high, beating “The Mummy”), $1.7 million in ditto on 55 in Taiwan (the second-biggest opener ever behind “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”) and $1.3 million in four days on 90 in Argentina (comparative data wasn’t available due to a public holiday Monday).
The Tom Cruise headliner smashed the industry local currency record in Turkey with $595,000 in three days on 79, and in Chile harvested a fine $370,000 in four days (screen count wasn’t reported). Through its third lap in Australia, the sequel has amassed $9.2 million.
“Dinosaur” collected $1.1 million in four days on 312 in Oz, the third-best animated bow behind “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 2,” positioned to cash in on the school vacations which begin next week.
Disney’s pic devoured $366,000 on 44 in Malaysia (No. 2 in the toon annals after “Mulan”), $270,000 on 78 in Colombia (second behind “A Bug’s Life”) and $164,000 on 57 in New Zealand (behind only “The Lion King”).
“Gladiator” earned about $8 million in 23 territories, propelling its cume to $136.3 million. Ridley Scott’s epic snared $2.2 million in two days on 215 in Japan, a market which traditionally has not warmed to Western costumers of the ilk of “Braveheart.” In Korea, “Gladiator” stands as the first hit to sell more than 1 million ducats this year, grossing $5.8 million in 16 days, easing by a moderate 30% as “M:I 2” landed.
“Mission to Mars” lifted off in Spain with a sturdy $851,000 on 264, No. 1 in a soft market. Its cume is $40.5 million, led by Japan’s $8.9 million through its fourth orbit.
“Gone in 60 Seconds” unspooled at just four theaters in Russia and in three days scored a whopping $200,000 –the second-biggest opening for BVI in that territory next to “End of Days.” The Nic Cage vehicle took a terrif $135,000 in two days on 40 in Denmark and abated by 37% in its soph session in New Zealand, tallying $437,000.
After strong foreign preems, “Big Momma’s House” slipped by a mere 20% in Mexico, poneying up a fat $2.1 million to date, and fell by 35% in Brazil, totaling $871,000.
“Big Daddy” finally saw daylight in Japan, its last stop, and despite a big push by Columbia TriStar Intl. made a miserly $350,000 on 127. Blame that on Adam Sandler’s low visibility there. The cume is $70.1 million, a shadow of domestic’s $163.5 million.
Col TriStar tried to counter-program against the soccer by releasing “28 Days” in the U.K. and Italy, but the Sandra Bullock starrer went dry in both. With only five markets to come, the recovering alcoholic saga has cumed just $14.6 million.
Same distrib has had a much happier result with “Erin Brockovich,” which is winding down overseas with $114.6 million in the till.
“Final Destination” reached $50.9 million, poised to overtake domestic’s $51.7 million, boosted by the U.K.’s $10.4 million and Spain’s $2.9 million.