‘Mo’ Money’ cash cow in Germany

“Mo’ Money” made plenty in its first foreign outing last week in Germany, a market that hasn’t been receptive to black-themed pix, apart from ones starring Eddie Murphy.

That title also could be the catch phrase for Walt Disney Co., as “Beauty and the Beast” rocketed to $ 16.5 million in Japan, $ 14.7 million in the U.K. and $ 14.9 million in France. At that rate, Disney could pull down $ 60 million gross from those three markets alone.

It was mo’ money too for “The Last of the Mohicans,” which dropped a mere 8% in the second weekend in Britain on 235 prints, $ 3.8 million total. Michael Mann’s pic is taking lots of prisoners in Denmark, pocketing $ 217,000 after two weeks at 22 theaters.

And it was a strong week for cinemas in Germany and France (both boosted by public holidays), U.K. and Madrid (up 20%).

British top 10 edged up a smidgen to $ 7.5 million as “Sneakers” arrived with positive notices and an impressive $ 1.3 million on 213 prints. Exit polls in London and the regions indicate strong word of mouth; exhibs say it’s skewing young.

Kenneth Branagh’s “Peter’s Friends” had its world preem on 77 screens, setting house records in London and scoring a handsome $ 860,000.

German receipts totaled $ 7.8 million, as “Mo’ Money” minted $ 758,600 on 93 prints, encouraging Columbia TriStar to add 27 copies this week.

But Damon Wayans’ pic had a sluggish start across the border in Austria, with $ 44,180 on 16 screens.

“Universal Soldier” held pole position despite a 30% drop in the third from 472 copies, $ 7.5 million to date. “Shadow of the Wolf,” so-called Eskimo epic toplining Lou Diamond Phillips, got an icy response at 245 situations.

“Fried Green Tomatoes” has remarkable staying power in Germany, earning $ 1 million in the 11th lap on 256 marquees, $ 11 million cume. It’s clocked 1.7 million admissions and distrib Senator aims for 2 million.

Ticket sales in Paris in the week ending Nov. 17 jumped to 720,680, propelled by the Nov. 11 public holiday, rain and by “L’Accompagnatrice,” Claude Miller’s latest.

The Madrid B.O. rallied after a slump, buoyed by holdovers “City of Joy, “”Single White Female” and Spanish pic “La Marrana,” which posted the third best opening by a native pic in the last 18 months, following “High Heels” and “El Robobo de La Jojoya.”

Italo biz slid by 20% to $ 5.2 million despite “Tomatoes,” which cooked up a steamy $ 12,000 average in the second on 29 screens (it broadens to 60 this week), and “The Player,” which bowed with a fabulous $ 14,500 average at seven sites.

“Folks,” one of PentAmerica’s lost-in-the-U.S. efforts, is redeeming itself in Italy (as “Trouble in the Family”), nabbing $ 221,600 in the second on 22 screens.

UIP launched “The Public Eye” in Italy as “The Indiscreet Eye,” encouraged by the favorable buzz it created at the Venice film fest. “A League of Their Own” had a moderate $ 152,080 preem on 17 screens and is batting erratically in Europe.

In Australia, long-running local champ “Strictly Ballroom” finally was dislodged from the top spot by another home-grown entry, “Romper Stomper,” which averaged a terrific $ 11,543 on 49 screens. Of the other newcomers, “The Cutting Edge” was soft, “Radio Flyer” dire. “Sneakers” is maintaining a steady pace, off 14% in its third on 76, $ 1.5 million total.

South Korea has not been a happy hunting ground for Eddie Murphy, so UIP was pleased with “Boomerang’s” five-day tally of $ 82,000 at five theaters. Pic has grossed $ 36.7 million overseas.

Also in the UIP stable, “Patriot Games” charged on to $ 73.5 million, “Beethoven” to $ 72.8 million, “Wayne’s World” to $ 53 million and “Housesitter” to $ 26 million.

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