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‘Hulk,’ ‘2 Fast’ hit

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The world needs heroes — but there just aren’t enough of them. “The Hulk” triumphed in Southeast Asia and Russia while “2 Fast 2 Furious” ruled most of Europe last weekend, but the B.O. action beneath those juggernauts was pretty threadbare.

Biz overseas is increasingly front-loaded, as at home, so almost every big film is running out of gas by the time the next one arrives.

The shining exception last weekend was Germany where rookie “2 Fast” and “Bruce Almighty” in its soph session each hauled in more than $4 million.

“The Hulk” posted Universal’s second-biggest openings ever in the Philippines ($656,000 on 66 screens) and Malaysia ($542,000 on 38) and its seventh-highest in Singapore ($592,000 on 28).

Helmer Ang Lee’s epic captured $639,000 on 39 in Hong Kong, on par with “X2’s” recent bow, and $560,000 on 182 in Thailand. Venturing to Russia, the Eric Bana/Jennifer Connelly starrer raked in $563,000 on 147, a Universal record locally.

Stablemate “2 Fast 2 Furious” revved up $19.8 million from 2,592 engagements in 18 territories, driving the cume to $32.2 million, with 70% of foreign markets ahead. John Singleton-helmed actioner drew $4.8 million on 517 in Germany, 85% bigger than the preem of “The Fast and the Furious.”

Street racing caper nabbed $4.4 million on 430 in the U.K. (75% ahead of the original); $2.5 million on 453 in France (55% bigger); $1.8 million on 281 in Spain (doubling the first); and $1.1 million on 158 in Italy (65% better).

Paul Walker vehicle fetched $858,000 on 83 in Holland (eclipsing the first pic by 236%), $850,000 on 73 in Austria (twice as big), and $706,000 on 43 in Belgium (91% larger). Pic has racked up $7.3 million through its third lap Down Under and $4.3 million in 10 days in Mexico.

“Bruce Almighty” continued to set personal bests for Jim Carrey preems, conjuring up $3.4 million on 222 in Australia (5% ahead of “Liar Liar”); $586,000 on 15 in Taiwan (20% up on “Ace Ventura 2”); and $417,000 on 54 in New Zealand (beating “Liar Liar” by 48%).

The Spyglass/BVI laffer minted $4.1 million in Germany, slipping just 17%, bringing the 11-day total to a fab $11 million. It’s rustled up $12.7 million through its fourth sojourn in Italy and $5.8 million after its third in Brazil (still No 1, off just 11%). All told, “Bruce” commanded $11.7 million on more than 2,000 screens in 14 markets, spurring the estimated cume to $43.7 million.

In promising offshore debuts, Eddie Murphy starrer “Daddy Day Care” was a strong No. 2 behind “2 Fast” in Mexico, picking up $1.2 million on 404 (50% bigger than “Dr. Dolittle”), and it brought in $537,000 on 2l3 in Brazil.

“The Matrix Reloaded” levitated to $377 million after hauling in an estimated $14.7 million from 6,700 screens in 62 markets. Still the champ in Japan, sci-fier mustered $6.4 million in its third orbit (falling by a moderate 28%), upping the market total to a stellar $52.8 million.

In its first major market, “The Italian Job” wasn’t all that flash in Japan, stealing an estimated $850,000 on 215 screens, just behind the third weekend of “The Core.”

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