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Heavenly bows o’seas for ‘Bruce,’ ‘2 Fast’

'Anger' nosedives in Italy, U.K., Spain, Mexico

“Bruce Almighty” was the answer to exhibs’ prayers in German-speaking territories over the weekend while “2 Fast 2 Furious” was the front-runner in Mexico, New Zealand and Taiwan and “The Matrix Reloaded” flew through its soph session in Japan.

BVI’s “Almighty” divined an estimated $5.1 million on 700 prints in Germany, a personal best for topliner Jim Carrey, beating the bow of “The Truman Show” by 40% and double that of “Meet the Parents.”

Laffer collared roughly $590,000 in Austria (another highpoint for Carrey, 20% bigger than “Truman”) and $550,000 in Switzerland (32% ahead of his pic “Liar Liar”).

After notching the eighth-highest opening ever in Brazil, “Bruce” abated by a mere 15%, easily retaining pole position with an estimated $1.27 million, upping the 10-day total to $3.6 million.

Carrey’s caper fell by 46% in its third frame in Italy but was still No. 1 as it commanded 40% of the market, generating approximately $1.2 million, and a superb $11 million thus far.

BVI estimated the weekend haul at $9.7 million in just nine territories, propelling cume to $26.3 million.

Universal/UIP’s “2 Fast 2 Furious” captured $1.7 million on 285 playdates in Mexico, accounting for 38% of the market and doubling the debut of “The Fast and the Furious.” That also ranked as U’s 10th biggest opening weekend locally.

John Singleton-helmed actioner scored $550,000 on 45 in New Zealand (70% bigger than the original, which bowed during school holidays) and $400,000 on 60 in Taiwan (more than double the first edition).

“2 Fast” took a snappy $700,000 on 160 in Brazil, doubling its predecessor’s haul, and $1.5 million in its second lap in Australia, elevating cume to $6.3 million, already overtaking the first film’s lifetime total of $5.2 million.

“The Matrix Reloaded” downloaded an estimated $22 million over the weekend, spurring the international total to $347 million, WB reported Sunday.

Sci-fier unearthed about $9 million in its second orbit in Japan, dropping just 20%, excluding sneaks, after registering the territory’s biggest opening week of all time with $30 million. WB figures the frame ranks as the third or fourth highest second weekend ever, 70% of the first “Harry Potter,” 76% of the second “Potter” and on par with the soph session of local toon “Spirited Away.”

The Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson combo did not prove alluring in Italy as “Anger Management” checked in with $530,000 on 372. Sony/Revolution comedy nosedived in its second rounds, taking $1.5 million over the weekend and $5.9 million to date in the U.K. (plunging by 46%); $855,000 and $2.9 million in Spain (down 45%); and $533,000 and $2.3 million in Mexico (off 50%).

Sony estimated “Anger” drew $5.2 million on 3,340 screens in more than 30 markets, sending cume to $38 million. Distrib’s modestly budgeted thriller “Identity” trapped a nifty $1.2 million on 339 in Blighty, its first major market tryout.

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