‘Signs’ points way; ‘Tuxedo’ wears well

Gibson-starring pic nabs $14 mil o'seas to bring cume to $94 mil

Mel Gibson, Matt Damon and Jackie Chan were B.O. heroes over the weekend as “Signs” continued to dominate Japan, Mexico and parts of Europe, “The Bourne Identity” enthralled auds in Australia and several Euro territories, and “The Tuxedo” dined out handsomely in Singapore.

Holdovers helped the frame’s top-grosser, “Signs,” reel in an estimated $14 million in 28 territories, elevating cume to $94.1 million. In a few days it will be the second BVI hit to cross $100 million this year, after “Monsters, Inc.”

The Gibson starrer fetched roughly $3 million in Japan (abating by a slim 20%), upping the market total to a socko $12.4 million in nine days. Coming off monster openings, pic delivered an estimated $2.1 million in Spain (falling by 42%) and $6.9 million in 10 days; and $1 million in Brazil (sliding by 40%), for $2.2 million in 10 days.

Through its third laps, the suspenser has mustered a smash $17.8 million in the U.K. (down 30%), $10.8 million in Germany (also off 30%) and $8.9 million in Mexico.

‘Bourne’s’ Potente perf in Germany

“The Bourne Identity” edged out “Signs” in Germany, helped by “Run Lola Run’s” Franka Potente, capturing roughly $2.2 million in three days on 500 screens, including sneaks. That was 20% ahead of “The Sum of All Fears” and 12% bigger than “Panic Room,” Universal’s Randy Greenberg said Sunday.

The Damon starrer picked up $1.6 million in four days on 196 locations in Australia, with previews, trailing “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” which wooed $1.7 million in its soph session lap (dropping by 41%) and a fab $5.9 million in 11 days.

The Doug Liman-helmed spy saga trapped $231,000 in two days on 69 in Austria, outrunning “Spy Game” by 64% and “Panic Room” by 41%. “Bourne” has pocketed a sturdy $10 million in 23 days in the U.K.

Launched in Singapore day-and-date with domestic, “The Tuxedo” served up $431,000 Friday-Saturday on 49 screens, rated by UIP prez Andrew Cripps as 15% bigger than the first two days of “The Scorpion King” and 10% ahead of “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” Opening day was the territory’s third highest ever in a non-holiday period, and the two-day figure topped previous Chan vehicles “Shanghai Noon” and both “Rush Hours.”

Vin Diesel headliner “XXX” was tops in Thailand, notching an estimated $540,000 on 127, on par with “Tomb Raider,” and New Zealand with $310,000 on 55, bigger than the recent bow for “Signs.” Actioner’s cume reached $17.5 million from 24 markets.

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