“Austin” powered the British B.O. over the weekend while “Stuart Little 2” and “Minority Report” squared off in Mexico.
“Men in Black II’s” estimated cume vaulted to $100 million on the back of socko preems in three Scandi markets and holdovers in Germany and Japan.
In Blighty, “Austin Powers in Goldmember” grabbed a groovy $8.6 million Friday-Sunday from 444 locations, including Thursday night sneaks, per New Line’s Sunday projection. That was up 13% from the entry of “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” excluding previews the weekend before its launch.
The “Stuart” sequel devoured an estimated $1.7 million on 450 in Mexico and $200,000 on 40 in Venezuela. After mediocre bows in the U.K. and Japan for Sony’s mouse tale, the distrib could take heart from its modest second weekend dips. Pic fell by 35% in Blighty to $1.4 million, bringing its 10-day total to a solid $6.1 million, and by 25% in Japan, where it’s trapped $2.6 million in nine days.
“Minority Report” pre-figured $2.9 million in three days on 167 in South Korea, hailed by Fox as the market’s fourth-highest bow in history, and a handy $1.7 million on 456 in Mexico.
‘MIB2’ pushed to $100 million
“MIB2” amassed $15.5 million over the weekend, propelling its foreign haul to $100 million, according to Sony’s Sunday estimates. The Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones starrer captured roughly $825,000 on 90 in Denmark (the industry’s seventh-highest debut ever), $650,000 on 82 in Norway (No. 9 in the all-time openers) and $320,000 on 55 in Finland. Similarly strong were its bows in Israel ($330,000 on 34) and South Africa ($310,000 on 100).
The sci-fi comedy minted approximately $5 million in Germany (tumbling by 51% after its dazzling debut), elevating the territory total to $20 million in 11 days. Through its fourth weekend in Japan, pic has collected a sturdy but not stellar $19.8 million, abating by 22%.
“Scooby-Doo” collared $375,000 on 31 in Hong Kong, trailing the soph session of “MIB2” but ahead of fellow frosh “K-19: The Widowmaker.” The canine caper fetched $2 million in its third outing in the U.K., where it’s pocketed a terrif $20 million.
‘Sweetest’ tops in Oz
Benefiting from a new campaign abroad that accentuates raunchy elements, Cameron Diaz topliner “The Sweetest Thing” took top spot in a slow frame in Australia, wooing $630,000 on 164.
John Woo’s stature in Taiwan paid off for “Windtalkers,” which rang up $572,000 in its opening salvo on 104, the best start yet for a WWII pic that hasn’t been embraced elsewhere. “Eight Legged Freaks” invaded Taiwan, spinning an estimated $287,000 on 110.
In its first offshore sortie, “Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course” got lost in the U.K., taking a mere $383,000 on 257.