“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” and “The Bodyguard” have begun their foreign excursions with uniformly smashing results.Among other debutantes, “Death Becomes Her” turned plenty of heads in Japan and the U.K.; “Sister Act” soared heavenward in Spain; and “Beauty and the Beast” did monster biz in Italy. Boosted by a four-day weekend, the box office in Spain was hotter than chili peppers as the “Home Alone” sequel garnered $ 2.2 million in six days on 115 prints, nearly 200% up on its predecessor, which launched on 70 screens. Buena Vista braved the “Home Alone” onslaught in Spain with “Sister Act” and was rewarded with $ 954,000 on 71 screens. After two weeks, “Beauty and the Beast” has pocketed $ 4.5 million on 80 and “The Last of the Mohicans” has $ 1.7 million after broadening from 44 to 80. “The Bodyguard” muscled into Japan with $ 1.9 million in the first weekend at 121 theaters, the third-best opening there for Warner Bros. after “Batman” and “Cocktail.” In Japan, UIP squared off against “Bodyguard” with “Death Becomes Her” on 71 screens, garnering a splendid $ 2 million and change, and “Beethoven,” which notched a fair $ 806,400 on 69 sites, both in six days. “Husbands and Wives” preemed just short of $ 1 million at 107 French situations, rated by exhibs as very good, though not exceptional, in a territory where Woody Allen is king.
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