The heaviest snowfalls in recent memory over southeast England combined with a Siberian blast of subfreezing temps to chill the U.K. boxoffice late in the session, but not before Universal’s “Kindergarten Cop” (UIP) came within a whisker of grossing a stellar £s;2 million in its freshman outing on 262 screens.

Only London, where biz for the pic was drab, failed to respond to the Ivan Reitman-orchestrated actioner.

With more snow over the weekend and continuing chilblain temps, aggregate business figured to be substantially down through the current frame. One consolation for U.S. distribs is that with the slumping dollar, now about $2 to the pound, they have more greenbacks to repatriate home.

Also new last week was Stephen Frears’ “The Grifters,” which opened on five screens, all in London, for a promising total of £s;97,356.

“Rocky V,” after a solid preem, saw its second-round take sliced in half, while other recent arrivals like “The Rookie” and “Havana” fared far worse. France’s “Cyrano de Bergerac,” on limited subtitled release (only 14 screens) continued its hot pace.

New entries off and running include Guild’s “Dances With Wolves,” “Three Men And A Little Lady” (Touchstone/WB), Rank’s “Short Time,” Hemdale’s Lee Grant-helmed “Staying Together,” WB/Disney’s “Duck Tales” and the BFIs “December Bride.”

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