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Easter raises ‘Passion’

Younger auds boost 'Scooby,' 'Scary' o'seas

Adults around the world flocked to “The Passion of the Christ” over the Easter frame, while kids were enchanted by “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” and teenagers in Spain got their kicks from “Scary Movie 3.” “Starsky & Hutch” drew auds across the age spectrum in Australia, but was less appealing in Argentina.

Figures were hard to ascertain in many markets during the vacation, but as a rough estimate, “Passion” rang up $26 million in 44 markets, hoisting its cume to roughly $130 million. Mel Gibson’s epic transfixed Italy, with some distribs projecting a five-day harvest of $7.2 million-$8.4 million after its Wednesday bow. The Monday holiday could have added another $1.3 million or so.

Strong holdover biz saw the religious drama take the top spots in Brazil (tallying $10.8 million through its fourth chapter, improving by 17%), Argentina ($3.7 million after its third, up 8%), South Korea ($7.4 million in 10 days, off 7%), the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Mixed message

Fox’s calculations had “Christ” at No. 1 in Mexico with $1.2 million in its fourth frame for a market cume of $17.4 million, but Warners was claiming the “Scooby” sequel was tops in its second weekend. Crucifixion saga minted an estimated $2.4 million in its fifth stanza in the U.K., level with the prior weekend, lifting the territory total to $14.2 million. It collected approximately $3.1 million in Spain (easing by a trifling 5% after its lively but not exceptional debut), racking up $8.9 million, and $1.4 million in its fourth in Germany (up 23% in a market which hadn’t fervently embraced the pic) for $8.5 million to date. “Passion” jumped by 53% in Oz, advancing to $10.1 million through its sixth sojourn.

“Scooby 2” collared an estimated $15 million, elevating its cume to $44.2 million. Europe generated $10.2 million, including France’s jolly $2.7 million on 583 screens, 22% below the original’s bow. The Mystery Inc. gang ruled the U.K., devouring $4.2 million in its soph session, on par with the first weekend sans sneaks, spurring the market total to a terrif $16.5 million. “Scooby” abated by 12% to $1 million in its second sojourn in Spain, bringing the territory tally to a decent $2.8 million. Also in its soph sessions, family pic rustled up $1.2 million in Mexico, snaring $5.6 million; $907,000 in Oz, dropping 12%, for $2.5 million to date; and $737,000 in Brazil, down 22%, banking $2.1 million.

‘Scary’ solid in Spain

“Scary Movie 3” chuckled up an estimated $5.4 million in five days on 433 in Spain, marking Miramax’s biggest debut locally. Horror spoof’s cume vaulted to $102.5 million, with Japan ahead.

“Starsky & Hutch” whistled up $2.6 million in Australia, a Miramax record, and $213,000 in Argentina. Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller starrer has pocketed $31.1 million in just nine markets, highlighted by the U.K.’s $21.1 million.

“50 First Dates” wooed $3 million on 419 in Blighty, with previews, in a close race with local zombie spoof “Shaun of the Dead,” which sucked up $3 million on 358. Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore headliner courted a solid $1.6 million in five days on 330 in Mexico and has fetched an impressive $6.8 million through its third in Oz.

Tigers’ tale

In its world preem, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Two Brothers,” a Thailand-set tiger tale toplining Guy Pearce (a Universal summer release domestically) ruled in France, capturing $5 million. Beginning its offshore adventures, “Hellboy” raised $530,000 on 38 in Singapore (bigger than “X-Men” and “Daredevil”) and $252,000 on 17 in the Taiwan capital Taipei, ranking No. 1 in both.

Launched day-and-date with the U.S., “Alamo” showed a bit more life in Mexico than at home, gunning down $690,000 on 400, on par with “The Patriot’s” entry.

The erratic “Hidalgo” drummed up a fair $1.4 million on 490 in Germany, $790,000 on 221 in Italy and $260,000 on 94 in Brazil. Oater has earned $17.6 million in 21 markets, a sturdy performer in Spain but a dud in France and Australia.

A consistent crowd pleaser, “Brother Bear” climbed to $149.8 million, including Japan’s $13.7 million (overtaking “Toy Story’s” lifetime total), Germany’s $13.7 million (surpassing “Toy Story 2”) and Spain’s $7 million.

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