‘Bill’ kills o’seas; Japan is ‘Haunted’

'Dates' in the mix with Tarantino pic in Germany

Emulating its U.S. feat last week, “Kill Bill Vol. 2” blasted off in 23 territories over the weekend, in each case outgunning the first edition’s preems. However, Miramax’s splatterfest encountered friendly fire in Japan, where it was beaten by Disney’s debutante “The Haunted Mansion.”

And based on the Sunday estimates, there was a neck-and-neck struggle for honors in Germany between “Bill” and Sony’s “50 First Dates.”

Miramax was projecting a weekend haul of $18 million for Quentin Tarantino’s pic. It was a clear No. 1 in the U.K. (drumming up an estimated $5.2 million), Australia ($2.2 million) and Italy ($1.9 million, ahead of the third stanza of “The Passion of the Christ”).

The company could not provide a reliable figure for Japan but acknowledged it was below “Haunted Mansion,” which BVI calculated spooked up $4.8 million on 450 screens, bigger than the bow of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in dollars and slightly less in yen. That brings the Eddie Murphy starrer’s cume to $78.7 million; it’s tracking to hit $100 million, making it the third BVI title to reach that threshold this year after “Brother Bear” (now at $160 million) and “Finding Nemo.”

It’s ‘Bill’ vs. ‘Dates’ in Germany

Miramax reported its Uma Thurman starrer captured an estimated $3 million in Germany, whereas Sony was claiming “50 First Dates” would be the victor with approximately $2.6 million on 670, which would be Adam Sandler’s second biggest bow locally behind “Big Daddy.”

The Sandler/Drew Barrymore vehicle wooed $1.1 million on 291 in Spain (reigning in a market softened by the first hot, sunny weekend in Europe this spring), $440,000 on 84 in Austria and $245,000 on 27 in Singapore. Latter two were both No. 1 and personal bests for Sandler, toppling “Daddy.”

Sony reported “Dates” fetched $7.7 million for the weekend, boosting cume to $36.2 million, including the U.K.’s juicy $10 million through its third frame, Australia’s $9.6 million and Mexico’s $3.9 million.

‘Starsky’ stars in Gaul

“Starsky & Hutch” wowed France, collaring an estimated $4 million, spurring its cume to $53 million in about 23 markets.

Stablemate “Cold Mountain” mustered a tame $1.3 million in Japan, nearing the end of a foreign campaign that has generated around $69 million. Civil War drama opens Friday in China, its last significant territory.

Continuing its triumphant tour of Southeast Asia, “Hellboy” rang up $625,000 on 116 in Thailand, on par with “The Hulk,” and $310,000 on 30 in the Philippines, a bit below “The Scorpion King.”

“Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” raced past its domestic tally to $76.6 million, powered by the U.K.’s $25.8 million, Mexico’s $8.3 million and France’s $7.5 million.

“Dawn of the Dead” awoke to a fair $700,000 on 164 in Spain and $300,000 on 149 in Brazil. Horror item has grossed a decent $1.9 million in 11 days in Germany (falling by a typical 46%) and a sturdy $10.1 million in the U.K.

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