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'X2' makes $8 mil with foreign bow

This weekend is shaping up as a monster for “X2: X Men United” internationally as well as at home after Fox’s sci-fier posted stellar numbers from sneaks and its first day in key territories.

The studio estimated the Bryan Singer-directed pic amassed $8 million from 14 territories that reported figures on Thursday, beating the original’s previews or opening day by two-to-three times.

This is the first film of this scale that Fox has released day-and-date globally; by the weekend it will be playing on 7,600 prints in 93 markets overseas.

The first “X Men” grossed $137 million abroad and the studio anticipates the sequel, which cost a reported $140 million, will easily exceed that.

Hugh Jackman starrer minted $1.92 million Wednesday on 720 screens in France (Fox’s fifth-biggest opening day and the market’s biggest this year); $836,000 on 530 in Mexico (a Fox record and the industry’s fourth best); an estimated $900,000 from previews on 225 in Spain; and $580,000 in sneaks on 510 in Germany.

“X2” racked up a hefty $1.4 million in its first two days on 330 in Australia; it minted $230,000 on 50 on opening day in Singapore (a Fox record); $206,000 on 56 in the Philippines (Fox’s third biggest); $147,000 on 48 in Malaysia and $147,000 on 50 in Hong Kong. The tallies tripled the first day of “X Men” in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.

Purely from previews, pic collected $478,000 on 299 in Italy (50% bigger than the original) in a market which traditionally isn’t hot for sci-fiers, and $268,000 on 100 in South Korea (Fox’s second best).

“We had high expectations and these figures have blown through our expectations,” Fox Intl. theatrical prexy Scott Neeson told Daily Variety.

“We have been blessed with a terrific film and the most professional and hard-working talent who have been incredibly supportive,” he added, noting the producers and cast have been crossing the globe to promote the pic. All went to London for the preem and Jackman is now in Japan and Singer is in Mexico.

“It was a daunting task to open a film in 93 markets simultaneously,” said Neeson, “but the entire Fox team internationally as well as domestically really came together to get it done.”

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