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‘Matrix,’ ‘Nemo’ go swimmingly o’seas

Aussie '2 Fast' opening gets Monday holiday boost

The weekend action was fast and furious as “The Matrix Reloaded” shattered industry records in Japan, “2 Fast 2 Furious” was smokin’ in Australia, and “Finding Nemo” set toon opening highs in South Korea and Singapore.

Further stoking biz, “Bruce Almighty” was angelic in Brazil, Hong Kong and Thailand, and “Anger Management” was feisty in Mexico and key Euro markets except France.

“Reloaded” amassed $42 million in 63 territories over the weekend, including sneaks in Japan. That propelled the estimated cume to $300 million, streaking past the original film’s $289 million lifetime total.

Warner Bros. hailed the Japanese bow of $18.5 million on 632 screens, including $7.5 million from previews May 24 and May 31, as a territory record, 7% bigger than “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” The $11 million weekend was the market’s third-biggest ever behind the two “Harry Potter” pics and outran by 21% local toon “Spirited Away,” the highest-grosser ever in Japan.

Down Under, “2 Fast” was 2 hot, mustering $3.7 million in four days on 301, Universal’s fourth largest opening weekend, 118% bigger than the debut of “The Fast and the Furious.” With a public holiday Monday, U/UIP was projecting a five-day take of $4.5 million.

Disney/Pixar’s “Nemo” surfaced in South Korea with an estimated $2 million on 124 and in Singapore with $500,000 on 33, in both, all-time toon records in local currency, beating “Shrek” and “Dinosaur,” respectively.

“Bruce Almighty” conjured up roughly $1.4 million on 241 in Brazil, marked by BVI as an opening record for a U.S. comedy locally and the distrib’s second biggest, trailing only “The Lion King.”

Laffer also posted personal bests for topliner Jim Carrey in Hong Kong ($890,000 on 33, almost triple “Liar Liar”) and Thailand ($512,000 on 60, 40% bigger than “Me, Myself & Irene”).

“Bruce” was the pacesetter again in Italy, picking up $2.7 million (abating by just 20%), upping the 10-day tally to a fab $8.8 million.

“Anger Management” collared an estimated $8.4 million on 3,000 screens in 28 countries, elevating the cume to $29.1 million, with six major markets ahead. The Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson starrer nabbed roughly $2.8 million on 529 in the U.K., $1.6 million on 414 in Spain, $1.1 million on 337 in Mexico (in a close race for line honors with the third lap of “Reloaded”) and $720,000 on 104 in South Korea.

The comedy’s one blemish was France, where it took a soft $650,000 on 523, evidently battered by the critics. Relatively speaking, “Anger” was more warmly received in Holland ($200,000 on 87) and South Africa ($180,000 on 72).

Pic is generally performing well, considering Yank comedies rarely register as strongly overseas as at home, and Sandler has not established himself as a major draw in many foreign-lingo markets.

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