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Europe conquered by ‘Incredibles’

'Treasure' finds gold; 'Alexander' not that great

Incredible! Pixar/Disney’s “The Incredibles” conquered Europe over the weekend, amassing an estimated $45.5 million, which marks a company record haul overseas for Buena Vista Intl.

Meanwhile, “National Treasure” found gold in Germany, Australia, Austria and the Philippines, “Alexander” saw a heroic debut in Taiwan and “The Polar Express” attracted a reasonable number of tykes in Germany, Mexico, Brazil and Japan.

Collectively, “Incredibles” outran the debuts of “Finding Nemo” in 12 markets by 16%, smashing toon records in Italy and Greece, although it came in below the fish tale in France and Belgium.

Superheroes saga drummed up a projected $18.6 million in the U.K., including $6 million in sneaks, the industry’s second biggest animated debut behind “Shrek 2.” Family pic drew an estimated $8.9 million in France (bringing the local cume to $9.6 million including its two week platform at the Grand Rex in Paris); $5.8 million in Italy; $5.5 million in Spain (trailing “Shrek 2”); $1.3 million in Belgium and $525,000 in Greece. Its cume rocketed to $60 million.

Beginning its offshore adventures, “National Treasure” unearthed an estimated $3.9 million in Germany (a personal best for topliner Nicolas Cage, beating “The Rock”); $1.6 million in Oz; $525,000 in the Philippines (outgunning “Pirates of the Caribbean”); $450,000 in Austria and $285,000 in South Africa.

“Alexander” was No. 1 in Taiwan, capturing a projected $1.1 million, but was overshadowed by “Treasure” in the Philippines.

“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” wooed an estimated $14.6 million from nearly 1,900 playdates in 24 territories, hoisting cume to $84 million. Based on its openings and leggy runs in markets such as the U.K. and Australia, UIP prez Andrew Cripps predicts the sequel will wind up earning more than $200 million abroad. Renee Zellweger/Colin Firth/Hugh Grant starrer fetched roughly $840,000 in Russia, including previews (Universal’s second best bow locally behind “2 Fast 2 Furious”); a fair $375,000 in Mexico (on par with “Bridget Jones’s Diary”); $330,000 in French-speaking Switzerland; and $255,000 in Singapore. Romantic comedy’s progressive tallies include the U.K.’s $50.3 million in 17 days, Australia’s $10.4 million in 18 days and Spain’s $5.2 million in 10 days, falling by a modest 28%.

Teutonic spoof “Seven Dwarfs” whistled up $2.2 million in its fifth outing in Germany, raising the market total to a hefty $41.6 million.

“Polar Express” minted an estimated $8.2 million, driven by Germany’s $2 million (25% ahead of “Stuart Little 2”), Japan’s $1.83 million (just 2% below “Ice Age”), Mexico’s $1.8 million (level with the preem of “Cats and Dogs” and triple that of “Toy Story”) and Brazil’s $350,000 (on par with “Toy Story”). Encouragingly for WB, the Tom Hanks starrer eased by just 24% in its soph session in Australia, earning $711,000, elevating the market haul to $1.9 million.

“Christmas With the Kranks” didn’t engender much festive cheer in its first foreign engagements, mustering $755,000 in Germany (ranking a lowly No. 6), $140,000 in Austria and $125,000 in Switzerland. After tanking in France, Mexico and Germany, “Bad Santa” faced more rough sledding in Australia, taking $640,000. Subversive comedy featuring Billy Bob Thornton has pocketed a ho-hum $3.9 million in the U.K. and $1.3 million in 10 days in Italy, off 30%. “Alien vs. Predator” ascended to $70.6 million, boosted by Italy’s beefy $4.1 million in 10 days, where it experienced a typical 52% drop. “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid” slithered into Spain with an anemic $915,000; snake tale has grossed an OK $28.8 million in 27 markets, and will soon overtake domestic’s $31.5 million.

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