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Schwarzenegger blasts Euro B.O.

'Pirates' conquer Japan; 'Blonde' romances Blighty

Arnold Schwarzenegger single-handedly hauled the European B.O. out of its summertime lethargy last weekend while it was a no-contest in Japan between Disney’s “Pirates” and Universal’s “The Hulk.”

The “Bad Boys” sequel kicked off smartly in Southeast Asia although teens were shut out by restrictive ratings in Malaysia and Singapore, and auds in Hong Kong and South Korea welcomed the return of “Lara Croft.”

“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” galvanized an estimated $39.2 million from roughly 6,300 engagements in 45 markets including five non-Sony territories, propelling the cume to $139.6 million.

Sci-fier captured $9.7 million on 811 prints in the U.K., including Thursday night sneaks, the industry’s 17th biggest opening weekend; $7 million on 1,062 screens in Germany, with previews, the second highest debut this year behind “The Matrix Reloaded”; and $6.1 million in five days on 598 in Spain, the seventh best ever.

Arnold bows big

“T3” grabbed $1.8 million on 499 in Brazil (No. 5 of all time), $1.28 million in five days on 109 in Sweden (No. 13) and $1.07 million on 113 in Austria (No. 13). It had similarly brawny bows in Finland ($375,000 on 58), South Africa ($375,000 on 101) and Israel ($275,000 on 34). Pic has amassed a juicy $44.2 million through its sixth orbit in Japan and $9.7 million after its third in Oz, still No. 1.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” unlocked $4.6 million on 369 in Japan, BVI’s third-highest live-action debut behind “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor.” Swashbuckler reigned in Mexico with $2.4 million on 547. After earning $1.7 million through its third sojourn in Argentina (easing by 7%), it has overtaken “Armageddon’s” lifetime cume in local currency.

“The Hulk” sulked in Japan with $1.2 million on 531, its second major market misfire after Germany. Its cume is $87.1 million, with Italy the only major market on the horizon.

Still the champ in Japan, local cop action/comedy “Bayside Shakedown 2” rang up $6.1 million in its third outing, hoisting its total to a socko $50.7 million.

‘Bad Boys’ moving

“Bad Boys II” bagged $527,000 on 18 in Taiwan, doubling the original, and $314,000 on 82 in the Philippines, three times bigger than the first. The actioner was hurt by its age 21 tag in Singapore, taking $162,000 on 15 screens, although 12% up on the predecessor. It was also hit by its 18 rating in Malaysia, where the first “Bad Boys” was banned, fetching $159,000 on 35 — good enough to be No. 1.

“Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” trapped a feisty $2 million on 179 in South Korea, on par with the first although trailing local rookie “Haunted High,” and $826,000 in four days on 34 in Hong Kong. Actioner experienced typical drops in its soph sessions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

In its offshore preem, “Spy Kids 3D: Game Over” drummed up $1.6 million on 377 in the U.K., 14% up on the first installment.

‘Blonde’ bombshell in U.K.

“Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde” wooed a strapping $2.5 million on 351 in Blighty, 27% bigger than the original, but its entries in Belgium, Sweden and Norway weren’t great. Reese Witherspoon starrer plunged by 53% after a fair start in Germany, grossing $3 million in 11 days.

“Finding Nemo” discovered $925,000 on 246 in China, a toon record locally, outrunning “Dinosaur” and almost doubling “The Lion King.” Pixar/Disney pic cruised to $52.4 million in 19 territories in Asia and Latin America, highlighted by Mexico’s $17 million and Brazil’s $7.2 million.

“Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle” raced to $135.7 million, closing in on the original’s $138.8 million cume.

“Bruce Almighty” soared to $168.4 million, with France and Japan and sundry smaller markets ahead. Standouts include the U.K.’s $38 million, Spain’s $16.8 million and Mexico’s $9.3 million.

“Veronica Guerin,” featuring Cate Blanchett in the real-life tale of an Irish journo who was murdered while probing the drug trade, hooked a so-so $551,000 on 254 in the U.K; it’s tallied $3.2 million, including four weekends in Ireland.