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‘Storm’ tops $100 mil

'Hollow,' 'Coyote' make strong o'seas preems

Mark “The Perfect Storm” as the 11th hit this year to reach the $100 million milestone overseas, while “Hollow Man” and “Coyote Ugly” had impressive foreign preems and “Gone in Sixty Seconds” roared into France last weekend.

“Perfect Storm” whipped up $8 million from 3,320 engagements in 34 countries, highlighted by boffo bows in Brazil ($964,000 on 292 screens, the industry’s seventh biggest opening ever measured in admissions), Chile, Peru, Colombia and Indonesia.

As indicators of its stamina, Wolfgang Petersen’s epic notched Warner Bros.’ fourth-highest soph session ever in Spain, racking up $3.9 million in 10 days, and through its second lap in Taiwan has pocketed $3.5 million, tracking 18% ahead of “Gladiator.”

Standout territory totals include Japan’s $25.4 million and South Korea’s $5.3 million.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Hollow Man” commanded pole position in Taiwan, conjuring up $626,000 in three days on 16, Holland with $425,000 on 66 and Singapore at $406,000 on 30.

O’seas ‘Trip’

In Australia, “Hollow Man” spirited away $861,000 in four days on 180, ranked second behind fellow debutante “Road Trip,” which fetched $1.04 million on 215.

The gross-out comedy’s Oz cume is $1.4 million, including the previous weekend’s sneaks.

Teen romance “Coyote Ugly” seduced $204,000 on 28 in Israel, doubling the weekend debut of “Road Trip” and a shade ahead of the recent bow of “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” according to BVI.

In France, “Sixty Seconds” stole $3.7 million in five days on 546 screens, the second-highest opening there this summer behind “Mission: Impossible 2,” just 18% below “Armageddon’s” entry. The Nicolas Cage vehicle set a BVI record in Portugal, taking $290,000 on 50, the industry’s fifth-best preem. Its cume rocketed to $77.3 million on the back of a $10.3 million frame.

“X-Men” garnered $9.1 million, propelling the cume to $58.3 million, after bagging $834,000 on 95 in Argentina (Fox’s fourth-highest bow) and $366,000 on 50 in Venezuela — an all-time industry record.

‘Patriot’ wins battle

Braving very steamy weather, “The Patriot” captured a splendid $1.6 million from 331 in Italy, including previews. “Final Destination” ($43.2 million cume), the debut release from Italo distrib Nexo, which is handling New Line product, landed with a sturdy $750,000 on 162. “Patriot’s” cume is $71.9 million.

Entering Spain, its first major market, “Disney’s the Kid” earned a respectable $750,000 on 220, placing second behind “Perfect Storm.”

“Shanghai Noon” stepped into the U.K. with a fair $1 million on 370, below “Rush Hour’s” debut. The Jackie Chan starrer’s cume is $26.4 million.

Having grossed a swell $876,000 through its third lap in Singapore, “What Lies Beneath” ventured into Hong Kong with a dandy $509,000 on 29 — Fox’s second-highest opening there this year behind “X-Men.”

“Scary Movie” posted a terrif $531,000 in three days in Taiwan and has hauled in $1 million through its second round in Hong Kong, $888,000 after its third in Denmark and $1.4 million in its fourth in Holland.

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