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Epic 'Alexander' conquers key territories

“Alexander” may be fighting a losing battle for box-office glory in the U.S. but Oliver Stone’s epic was more victorious as it began its offshore crusade last weekend.

Auds overseas enjoy large-scale films depicting historical struggles as the results for “Troy,” “King Arthur” and “The Last Samurai” all proved — and the early indications for “Alexander” are similarly positive.

The Colin Farrell/Angelina Jolie starrer raked in $7.4 million from 848 screens in 10 markets. It commanded the top spots in key markets led by Russia’s estimated $3.7 million on 345 screens, Taiwan’s $1.1 million on 190, Thailand’s $476,000 on 110, Sweden’s $474,000 on 61 and Denmark’s $420,000 on 48.

Given the pic’s extended running time and mature ratings classifications, and spirited competition such as “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” in Russia, Denmark and Sweden, the per-screen averages were fairly impressive.

The Macedonian conqueror was the No. 1 foreign release in Turkey, behind local “Star Wars” spoof “G.O.R.A.,” snaring roughly $580,000 on 64. It was tops in Malaysia, Finland and Croatia but well beaten by fellow frosh “National Treasure” in the Philippines.

Still ‘Incredible’

The frame’s victor overseas by a sizable margin, “The Incredibles,” racked up $44.3 million on 4,362 screens in 22 territories, propelling cume to $59.1 million.

The Disney/Pixar pic bowed at No. 1 in 12 markets, setting toon highs in Italy and Greece, although checking in below “Finding Nemo” in France and Belgium and trailing “Shrek 2” in the U.K., Spain and Israel.

Superheroes drummed up $18.1 million on 491 in the U.K., including sneaks (a BVI record, toppling “Monsters, Inc.”); $9.2 million in France; $5.6 million in Spain (also a BVI high); $5.4 million in Italy; $1.3 million in Belgium and $362,000 in Greece. Its bows in Holland ($849,000), Israel ($353,000) and Hungary ($203,000) were also impressive.

Beginning its offshore adventures “National Treasure” claimed a terrif $4.3 million on 768 in Germany (a personal best for topliner Nicolas Cage, beating “The Rock”). It drummed up a lukewarm $1.5 million in Australia, although good enough to be No. 1 in a heatwave-affected market; a lucrative $524,000 in the Philippines (outgunning “Pirates of the Caribbean”); $475,000 in Austria; $425,000 in Switzerland; and $296,000 in South Africa.

‘Jones’ keeps up

“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” seduced $14.9 million from 2,076 playdates in 25 territories, hoisting cume to $84.2 million.

Renee Zellweger/Colin Firth/Hugh Grant starrer rang up $1 million on 68 in Russia, including previews (records for Universal and producer Working Title), $325,000 in Switzerland, a mediocre $302,000 in Mexico (20% below “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” which wasn’t popular there) and $257,000 in Singapore. In 10 days the sequel has fetched $1.5 million in Sweden and $1.2 million in Denmark.

Teutonic laffer “Seven Dwarfs” whistled up $2.3 million in its fifth outing in Germany, raising the market total to a magical $41. 8 million.

“The Polar Express” delivered $8.2 million, driven by Germany’s sturdy $2.1 million, Mexico’s top-ranked $1.85 million and Brazil’s $395,000.

But the Tom Hanks starrer wasn’t hot in Japan, taking $1.8 million, dwarfed by local animated hit “Howl’s Moving Castle,” which conjured up $12.1 million in its second sojourn (a decline of just 16%), elevating its cume to $45.7 million.

“Express” continued to draw a fair number of tykes in Australia but isn’t playing broadly, as evidenced by the skimpy midweek and evening business, as it eased by 23%, banking $1.8 million in 11 days.

“The Forgotten” scared up a fair $1.2 million in the U.K., sending its cume to $26.5 million in 37 markets. Thriller isn’t performing anywhere near as well abroad as at home, where it grossed $66.6 million.

Kranky ‘Christmas’

The corny humor of “Christmas With the Kranks” didn’t translate as the Sony/Revolution pic kicked off its tour in Germany (mustering $764,000 on 372), Austria, Switzerland and Poland.

“Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid” found a tame $1.1 million on 349 in Spain, squeezed by the soph session of “Alien vs. Predator”; snake tale has collected an OK $29 million in 27 markets, and will soon overtake domestic’s $31.5 million.

Fox’s creature feature climbed to $71.2 million, boosted by Spain’s beefy $4 million and Italy’s $2.8 million in 10 days, although experiencing sharp drops in both.

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