‘Hollow’ fills bill

First o'seas bows promising; Oz takes to 'Road'

Paul Verhoeven’s “Hollow Man” posted killer figures in its first foreign skirmishes last weekend although the gory sci-fier surprisingly had to settle for second spot in Australia in a close race with gross-out comedy “Road Trip.”

“Hollow Man” commanded pole position in Taiwan, scoring an estimated $446,800 on Friday/Saturday, according to Columbia TriStar Intl. “Scary Movie” debuted in Taiwan with an estimated $329,000 in two days. The Kevin Bacon/Elisabeth Shue starrer bowed at No. 1 in Singapore with an estimated $316,500 from Thursday through Saturday, ahead of fellow rookie “The Nutty Professor II.”

Down Under, “Hollow Man” materialized with an estimated $885,000 in four days on 180 (about level with “The Bone Collector’s” entry), behind “Road Trip,” which nabbed an estimated $1.03 million on 215. Aussie auds have a predilection for crude humor: “American Pie” cooked up a hot $9.1 million in the territory last year. Also, teenagers tend to turn out in droves on the first weekend for films like “Road Trip,” while “Hollow Man” is skewing older. The omens for “Trip” were very good after it was sneaked the previous weekend with successful results, but it faces tough competition this Thursday from “Scary Movie.”

Based on early estimates, “Road Trip” was the top title in its opening three days in Germany, ahead of “Gone in 60 Seconds” in its soph session.

“X-Men” garnered an estimated $8.5 million overseas at the weekend, propelling cume to about $56 million, 20th Century Fox Intl. reported Sunday. Bryan Singer’s comic book riff invaded Argentina, stealing an estimated $925,000 in three days on 95 screens. That was Fox’s fourth-highest preem ever in that market and the industry’s 10th best, according to the distrib.

“X-Men” wowed Venezuela with $340,000 in three days on 50 screens. After massive opening weekends, the sci-fier plunged by about 50% in the U.K. and France, tallying an estimated $14 million in 10 days in Blighty and $5.9 million in 12 days in France.

“The Patriot” rode into Italy with an estimated $1.1 million in three days and Belgium at about $289,000 in three days, both impressive entries. But the historical saga fetched a lowly $95,000 in three days in Hong Kong, where freshman “What Lies Beneath” reportedly ranked first ahead of local titles “Summer Holiday” and “Help.”

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