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Working Title, U to celebrate 'Bridget'

“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” showed the neurotic singleton hasn’t lost her touch: The sequel smashed numerous records for producers Working Title and distribs Universal/UIP in six territories over the weekend.

Meanwhile, “The Incredibles” set new toon highs as it invaded Taiwan and the Philippines, although it came in below “Finding Nemo” in Sweden, Norway and Finland.

“Edge of Reason” wooed $26.6 million from 1,016 playdates, highlighted by the U.K.’s socko $19.4 million, including $6.1 million in sneaks, Australia’s $4.3 million, Poland’s $1.3 million, Holland’s $1.1 million and Hungary’s $405,000.

That reps record bows for Working Title in each case, Universal’s best ever debuts in Blighty, Poland and Hungary, U’s fourth best in local currency in Australia and its third highest in Holland. All were substantially ahead of the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” openings; the U.K. was 81% ahead in pounds, Poland was 189% bigger and Oz was up by 40% in U.S. dollars.

“The Incredibles” captured $5.8 million in seven markets, including $1.3 million on 173 in Sweden, $1.3 million on 21 in Taiwan, with sneaks (more than 50% ahead of “Nemo”), and $870,000 on 109 in Denmark (25% bigger than the fish tale but below “Shrek 2”). Pixar/Disney pic rustled up $675,000 on 100 in Norway, $495,000 on 52 in the Philippines and $315,000 on 58 in Finland. Platformed at the Grand Rex in Paris ahead of its Nov. 24 nationwide bow, toon drew an impressive $323,000, on par with “Nemo,” which had the advantage of playing one more session per day.

Teutonic spoof “Seven Dwarfs” continued to mesmerize Germans, ringing up $6.5 million in its third outing (off 30%), hoisting the territory total to a magical $33 million.

Helmer Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “A Very Long Engagement” was unassailable in France, fetching $5.2 million in its third stanza (down a mere 8%), boosting cume to $25.1 million.

In Spain, Sony’s first local-language production, “Say I Do,” was tops, nabbing $1.5 million on 300, ahead of the soph session of local terrorist thriller “El Lobo.”

“Shall We Dance” courted an estimated $8 million in 13 markets, sending its cume to $32 million. Richard Gere/Jennifer Lopez starrer waltzed into the top spot in Mexico, drumming up $540,000 on 184 (comparable to “Something’s Gotta Give”) but was less nimble in South Korea, making $365,000 on 120. In its second turns, remake mustered $2.4 million in Germany (slipping by 21%), scoring a hearty $6.4 million to date; and $1.4 million in Spain (easing by 23%), tallying $3.7 million.

“The Forgotten” collared a solid $1.6 million on 355 in Germany, $328,000 on just 23 screens in Belgium, $273,000 in Austria and a top-ranked $166,000 on 20 in Singapore. Thriller was No. 1 again despite a 43% drop in Brazil, collecting $446,000, raising the territory total to $1.5 million. Julianne Moore starrer’s cume is $17.8 million in 27 markets.

At the lower end of the scale, “The Manchurian Candidate” rang up a respectable $1.2 million on 145 in Italy, a mediocre $1 million on 306 in Germany and $986,000 on 166 in Spain. Remake helmed by Jonathan Demme has scraped up $11.8 million in 23 territories, including Oz’s underwhelming $1.9 million through its third chapter.

After earning tidy sums in Latin America and Asia, “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid” lacked venom as it slithered into Europe, sucking in $931,000 on 245 in France and $357,000 on 157 in the U.K. Snake tale has trapped $25.8 million in 26 markets and will probably overtake domestic’s $31.5 million.

New Line’s “Cellular” didn’t finding many callers in Spain, engaging $754,000 on 246, after grossing $1.9 million in four weeks in the U.K.

It’s weird, but predominantly Catholic countries appear far more receptive to “Exorcist: The Beginning” than more secular states, as the supernatural pic gorged on a terrif $3.6 million on 402 in Italy, after spirited entries in Spain and Mexico.

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