“The Fugitive” is a runaway success in Sweden, “Aladdin” smashed Buena Vista’s all-time opening record in Japan, and “Jurassic Park” winged to $ 151.6 million gross overseas.
Altogether, another satisfying week at the box office in many territories.
“Indecent Proposal” sashayed along to $ 128.2 million and “Cliffhanger” rappelled to $ 65.2 million on 1,501 screens abroad.
‘Deux’ does well
“Hot Shots! Part Deux” was fast off the mark in Sweden, Spain (with $ 860,300 in six days on 113 prints) and Taiwan ($ 401,500 in five days on six).
In Japan, “Aladdin” serenaded a socko $ 4.35 million in five days on 115 screens and is widening to 161 to cash in on a Japanese holiday. Historically, Japan was a tough market for Disney animation until “Beauty and the Beast” broke through last year, as audiences preferred home-grown animation.
“Aladdin” also ranks as Buena Vista Intl.’s top money-maker in South Africa and the Philippines, the No. 1 animated film ever in Indonesia and Malaysia, and Disney’s biggest animated success in Hong Kong. The foreign cume shot past $ 50 million and is certain to go through the roof when the pic rolls out in November in Europe, which reps nearly 70% of BVI’s revenues.
The irrepressible “Jurassic Park” eased by 5% in its fourth weekend in Japan, taking $ 6.9 million on 237 screens, $ 48.4 million total. The epic has become the highest grossing foreign film ever in Thailand and the Philippines, and the all-time B.O. champ in Mexico and Taiwan. In Hong Kong, “Park” was the first-ever pic — Western or Chinese — to boost takings in the second weekend on wide release, UIP reported. It improved by 2% in the second week on 15 screens, $ 2.91 million to date.
The $ 151.6 million cume through Aug. 12 excludes three days in Japan; UIP forecast $ 180 million by today.
“Last Action Hero” plummeted by 40% in the second weekend in Britain after a moderate bow, but redeemed itself in Holland with $ 596,100 in the first week at 60 theaters.
In Britain, the top 10’s receipts slipped 10% to $ 14.2 million, but exhibs weren’t griping. “Jurassic Park” continued to amaze, down 23% in its fourth lap. Stephen Frears’ BBC telepic “The Snapper,” unusually going to cinemas after TV airing, bounced into London, but was a bit flat in the provinces.
U.K. grosses in the first seven months were 14% ahead of last year, according to Entertainment Data Inc., and tradesters believe admissions this year could top 110 million (compared to MDSD1992’s 102.5 million). Results in July surged by 58%, thanks to the dinosaurs.
Anyone for ‘Dennis’?
After a soft summer, Spanish exhibs were uplifted by “Dennis the Menace” (originally intended for late July, but delayed due to the dubbing actors’ strike) and the “Hot Shots!” sequel. “Dennis” cruised through its second weekend in Britain (up 1.3%) and Mexico (down 20%), and the overseas total rose to $ 35 million.
But glum Gallic exhibs pointed to a further weakening (17%) in Paris ticket sales and a dull bunch of rookies including “California Man” (aka “Encino Man”), “Cop and a Half” and local entry “Un Crime” toplining Alain Delon, whose star no longer burns bright for young audiences.
“Made in America” made merry in Brazil, bagging $ 140,000 in the first weekend on 30 screens, Finland and Denmark, nudging the foreign cume to $ 34 million.
“Dave” is a crowd pleaser in Germany (off 6% in the second weekend) and Taiwan, where it earned $ 360,000 in the first weekend on 14 screens.
German receipts fell slightly to a still-sturdy $ 9.2 million, as “Cliffhanger” predictably dived by 28% in the second weekend after a monster bow , despite adding 86 prints. “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” initialed OK.
Warner Bros. freed “The Fugitive” in Sweden to get the jump on the competition, and was richly rewarded. Distrib says word of mouth is terrific and believes the film will build.
‘Sleepless’ in Oz
Aussie B.O. rallied up by 13% to $ 4.18 million as “Sleepless in Seattle” dawned with a handsome $ 13,625 average on 70 screens and “The Piano” chimed in averaging $ 21,223 on 30.
Jane Campion’s drama has had a high profile in Oz since winning the Golden Palm in Cannes, culminating in a PR tour by Harvey Keitel and lots of favorable press.