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‘Apes’ takes Oz; lizards leap high in Hong Kong

'A.I.' still breaking records o'seas with Seoul bow

The monkeys did the business over the weekend as “Planet of the Apes” ruled in its Australian bow and in its soph sessions in Latin America, despite substantial drops.

The dinos were in the money also, as “Jurassic Park III” notched high-flying debuts in Hong Kong, Belgium and Denmark.

After a phenomenal run in Japan, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” smashed Warner Bros.’ opening record in Seoul, South Korea (surpassing “The Matrix”) but in Mexico it trailed the “Apes” remake (which is playing on far more screens).

Fox’s “Apes” fetched $2.1 million in four days on 346 screens Down Under — very good but not stellar — comfortably ahead of the third round of “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” which took $1.1 million on 213.

Tim Burton’s sci-fier minted an estimated $1.7 million Friday-Sunday on 513 in Mexico (sliding by 46%), bringing the 10-day tally to $6.8 million. The primates have raked in a roughly $2.5 million in Argentina (plunging by 51%), $3.1 million in Brazil (down 46%) and $2.8 million in Korea (off 46%).

Seoul likes ‘A.I.’

Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” conjured up an estimated $742,000 in two days on 41 screens in Seoul, hailed by WB on Sunday as the industry’s third highest opening weekend ever, behind “Mission: Impossible 2” and “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace.” Warner was projecting a nationwide score of $1.35 million.

Joe Johnston’s “Jurassic Park III” captured an estimated $925,000 in three days on 39 in Hong Kong, $133,000 in four days on 12 screens in Belgium’s key cities (in local currency on par with the bows of “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “The Mummy Returns”) and $204,000 in two days in Denmark (13% below the “Mummy” sequel).

Universal/UIP’s adventure has devoured $5 million in nine days in Japan’s key cities (falling by about 30% from the first weekend, which included previews), behind Toho toon “Spirited Away’s” fourth frame.

The dinopic tumbled by 45% in Germany, coining $2.2 million Thursday-Saturday on 640 locations, propelling the 10-day tally to $10.4 million. Blame most of that attrition on freshman “Dr. Dolittle 2,” which prescribed an estimated $2.1 million in four days on about 700 screens. The Eddie Murphy starrer reigned in Spain, bringing in a solid $930,000 in three days on 275.

Remarkably, German laffer “Der Schuh Des Manitu” regained top spot in its fourth lap in Germany, whipping up $2.5 million in three days on 630.

‘Score’ sinks in Germany

“The Score” entered Germany, its first major foreign market, at a lowly No. 4, picking up $485,000 in three days on 195.

“Cats & Dogs” led the pack in the U.K., easing by about 14% after a socko debut, making an estimated $3.9 million in three days on 447, elevating the cume to nearly $13.9 million.

“Rush Hour 2” was parked at No. 2 in its soph session in Blighty, catching $1.4 million Friday-Saturday on 321.

Domestic dud “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” isn’t faring much better abroad, entering Mexico at No. 3 ($570,000 in two days on 350), Taiwan at No. 2 ($100,000 in two days on 15), French-speaking Switzerland at No. 2 ($90,000 in four days on 17) and South Africa in third spot ($58,000 in two days on 70).

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