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‘Sister’ acting up, ‘Mohicans’ slower

Does huge success in the U.S. guarantee “Sister Act” and “The Last of the Mohicans” similarly charmed lives overseas?

Yes for the former, not necessarily for the latter, judging by the first wave of openings.

Buena Vista Intl. appears to have a no-brainer with “Sister Act,” its maiden release. The Whoopi Goldberg starrer has pocketed $ 1.14 million through 11 days at 50 theaters in Brazil, $ 436,590 through 14 days on seven screens in Hong Kong, and $ 201,125 in 21 days on two in Iceland.

Look for boffo numbers as the Touchstone picture starts rolling out across Europe this month.

“Mohicans” is making decent money but doesn’t seem likely to equal its domestic heights. Michael Mann’s epic bowed in the U.K. and Ireland last week with $ 2.12 million on 235 prints: solid, especially in upmarket situations, but not spectacular.

It was “overhyped by the critics, as was ‘Unforgiven,”‘ theorized one exhib.

However, Warner Bros. was encouraged by the consistent weekday numbers and believes the pic will have legs, supported by booster advertising in national press and on radio in the second and third weekends.

Winding down in France, “Mohicans” will clock rentals of 18 million to 20 million francs ($ 3.6 million to $ 4 million), according to distrib AMLF, rating that as nicely profitable. But the film failed to find an aud in Sweden.

The French B.O. came back to earth with a thud after the vacation week. “Beauty and the Beast” was still ascendant in the third week with a $ 12.8 million total. France continues as standout turf for “1492: Conquest of Paradise” with $ 14.7 million after four weeks.

“White Man Can’t Jump” scarcely got off the ground in its first week, netting $ 425,000 on 60 prints, and “Wayne’s World” and “L’Inconnu Dans la Maison” went south in their second weeks.

The surprise hit of last week was Belgian horror/comedy “Man Bites Dog,” which delivered a hot $ 17,134 average on 26 screens (Paris average was a scintillating $ 32,000 at seven hardtops).

German biz sank by 24% to $ 7.2 million, dragged down mostly because top-placed “Universal Soldier” slid 40% in the second tour on 469 prints, $ 5.5 million total.

Of the newcomers, “Strictly Ballroom” and “Flodder Does Manhattan” were middling, “Wir Enkelkinder,” German political cabaret satire did OK in the south , less well elsewhere, and “The Power of One” flunked.

British wickets rallied marginally to $ 7.7 million. Exhibs rated “Unlawful Entry” as just fair as it rolled out on 235 prints, and noted “Boomerang” was lively in its second weekend, relatively quiet on weekdays.

Slight dip in Italy top 10’s caused receipts to dip slightly to $ 6.7 million as the holdovers sagged.

Front-runner “Lethal Weapon 3” stayed strong, dropping about 22% in the third week on 148 screens, $ 5.56 million so far. “Boomerang” has collared a sturdy $ 598,400 in 10 days on 29 screens, as its foreign cume nudged past $ 34 million.

Top of the heap in Spain is “City of Joy,” which improved by 3% in the second week on 78 screens, $ 1.67 million total.

“Single White Female” had a nifty $ 637,110 bow on 61 screens.

“Patriot Games” has amassed $ 70 million overseas.

Reigning supreme in Japan, “Beauty and the Beast” advanced to $ 15.2 million through 50 days. But “Wayne’s World” isn’t shaping up as a schwinging success there, collecting a mere $ 262,000 in the first five days at 13 madhouses.

In Australia “Sneakers” seems set for a long run, as it was off just 4% in the second round on 75 screens, $ 1.13 million in the till.

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