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'Pearl' hits $200 mil after cracking China

“Pearl Harbor’s” record-busting preem in China helped propel the WWII epic’s foreign cume past $200 million last weekend, while “Planet of the Apes,” “Jurassic Park III” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” saw strapping, but not dazzling, debuts.

Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbor” captured $2.4 million in three days on 272 screens in China for an all-time high, beating “Titanic’s” $1.4 million on 177. The sympathetic portrayal of the Chinese villagers who came to the aid of the Yanks evidently struck a chord with locals who, coincidentally, have been flocking to another war saga, “Enemy at the Gates,” which has earned a tidy $2.1 million in 20 days.

Disney’s blockbuster collared $341,000 on 102 in India, in local currency the market’s fifth-biggest bow. It garnered $267,000 on 33 in Hungary, for the local industry’s second best entry.

All told, the Ben Affleck/Kate Beckinsale starrer hauled in $6.6 million. Cume topped $205 million, so pic’s poised to overtake the year’s highest earner, “The Mummy Returns,” which is winding down with $213.9 million. Ironically, “Pearl’s” top markets are Japan’s $36.5 million (where it edged up by 3% in its fifth weekend as the Obon vacation started) and Germany’s $26.3 million.

Fox’s “Apes” remake swung into Australia with $2.1 million on 346, including sneaks, for the distrib’s third-highest debut. It had similarly muscular openings in New Zealand ($358,000 on 45), Singapore ($524,000 on 48), Malaysia ($300,000 on 54) and Norway ($298,000 on 50).

‘Apes’ still swings

Tim Burton’s sci-fier retained pole position despite heavy falls in its soph sessions in Mexico (earning $6.8 million to date, dropping 46%), Brazil ($3.2 million, down 39%), Argentina ($2.4 million, off 52%) and Colombia ($911,000). “Apes” chewed on $11.6 million on 2,544 screens in 24 territories, cuming $45.8 million. That included Japan’s handy $17.8 million through its third lap, slipping just 16%.

The latest “Jurassic Park” romp racked up $16.7 million from 3,230 engagements in 22 markets. Cume hit $98 million, and pic’s set to rank as the 12th title to cross $100 million overseas this year. (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” just passed that milestone, peaking at $101 million, with Japan and Italy ahead).

The flying dinos landed in France with a sturdy but not stellar $3.3 million on 731 but were more potent in Hong Kong ($1.3 million on 30, UIP’s sixth biggest preem there), Belgium ($817,000 on 72, the second best bow this year) and Denmark ($304,000 on 50).

Universal/UIP’s adventure has devoured a tasty $14.8 million in nine days in Japan (abating by 13%), second to Toho toon “Spirited Away,” which spiked up by 6% in its fourth weekend with $8.2 million, elevating cume to a socko $78.1 million.

The dino pic tumbled by 50% in Germany, amassing $10.6 million in 11 days, dented by rookie “Dr. Dolittle 2,” which fetched a decent $2 million on 700 screens. The Eddie Murphy starrer reigned in Spain, bringing in a fair $863,000 on 275 as cume reached $39.3 million.

‘A.I.’ Seoul searching

Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” conjured up $700,000 in two days on 41 screens in Seoul and an estimated $1.3 million in Korea nationally, just behind the third turn of local pic “Weird Girl.” The Seoul number was a WB record, toppling “The Matrix” by 14.5%. The sci-fi fantasy picked up $1.5 million on 300 in Mexico (trailing “Apes”) and ascended to $65.2 million in its seventh outing in Japan.

“Cats & Dogs” held sway in the U.K. after a WB record opening week, easing by a trifling 11% to feast on $15 million in 10 days. “Rush Hour 2” was parked at No. 2 in Blighty, making a juicy $12.3 million in the same frame.

In its first offshore tryouts, Mandalay’s “The Score” was overpowered by the competish in Germany, taking roughly $655,000 on 206, but resonated more effectively in France, scoring an estimated $370,000 on 44 screens in Paris and suburbs, behind the dinos.

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