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Boffo bows abroad for ‘Bad Boys,’ ‘Bill’

'American Wedding,' 'Rundown' buoy foreign B.O.

The weekend box office perked up thanks to dashing debuts by “Bad Boys II,” “Kill Bill, Vol. 1” and “American Wedding” and winning offshore preems by “Intolerable Cruelty.”

Retitled “Welcome to the Jungle” or variations of that in most markets by Sony, “The Rundown” kicked off its overseas campaign reasonably well but not spectacularly in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.

The frame’s pacesetter, the “Bad Boys” sequel nabbed an estimated $15.5 million from 4,640 engagements in 55 markets, hoisting cume to $85 million. Japan is the only remaining major territory.

Will Smith/Martin Lawrence starrer arrested roughly $3.7 million on 700 screens in France (hailed as No. 1 by Sony, a claim contested by Universal, which had “American Wedding” in the lead); $1.3 million on 200 in Russia, an undisputed No. 1; $1.2 million on 332 in Italy; and $410,000 on 90 in Portugal. Actioner has racked up an estimated $10.5 million through its soph sesh in Germany (falling by a typical 49%), $12.1 million in the U.K. and $7.1 million in Spain after its third outings.

‘Bill’ kills in Blighty

After pocketing a feisty $400,000 in its London platform, “Kill Bill” slayed the U.K. to the tune of $4.8 million, rated by BVI as the third-highest entry for an R-rated pic behind “Hannibal” and “Snatch.” It was No. 2 behind “Finding Nemo,” which caught a socko $10.1 million in its second weekend wide (slipping by 18% after an October-record debut), elevating local total to $27.1 million and the foreign cume to $124.3 million.

Quentin Tarantino’s splatterfest scored a hearty $1.5 million in Australia (on par with “Face/Off” and “Con Air”) but a less potent $1.9 million in Germany.

“America Wedding” rang up $3.9 million on 591 in France, according to Universal’s projection, contributing to a $6.5 million weekend in 32 countries that spurred the cume to $100 million. “Wedding” becomes U’s fifth release this year to cross the century mark, joining “8 Mile,” “Johnny English,” “The Hulk” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.”

‘Cruelty’ reigns in Italy

“Intolerable Cruelty” wooed an estimated $2.6 million on 315 in Italy (No. 1, marking U’s sixth biggest bow in the market); $700,000 on 220 in Mexico; $600,000 on 155 in Brazil (also No. 1, comparable to “Bridget Jones’s Diary”); and $450,000 on 43 in German-speaking Switzerland. But the George Clooney/Catherine Zeta-Jones pic wasn’t strong in action-oriented Taiwan, fetching $156,000 on 48.

Given new monikers because Sony didn’t believe “Rundown” resonated abroad, and benefiting from a new print and campaign accentuating the fun elements, the Rock headliner grabbed $250,000 on 40 in Malaysia and $260,000 on 35 in Singapore (No. 1 in both) and a so-so $150,000 in Taiwan.

No fatigue for ‘League’

“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” captured nearly $10 million, driving estimated cume to $84.5 million. Sean Connery starrer drummed up about $3.2 million in its U.K. debut and through its second weekends has coined $4.9 million in Italy (off by a modest 33%) and $5.6 million in Japan (plunging by 48%).

“S.W.A.T.” collared $1 million on 402 in Mexico (trailing the second turn of “Spy Kids 3D: Game Over” in that kid-friendly market), bringing cume to $25 million in 20 markets, highlighted by Japan’s $14.2 million.

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