“Aladdin’s” lamp is burning brightly across Europe, tracking about 50% ahead of “Beauty and the Beast” as the pic soared past $ 133.6 million gross overseas.
That gives a warm glow to Buena Vista Intl. and exhibs who are hosting the genie, but by dwarfing the competition, pic has sucked business away from almost everything else.
“Aladdin” smashed opening records for the Disney Studios in Italy and in its first week nationwide in the U.K. In Italy the five-day tally was $ 3.5 million on 103 screens, accounting for around 36% of the entire Italo market. That cast a long shadow over most holdovers; imagine the effect as the pic builds to 360 prints by the Christmas week.
‘Aladdin’ U.K. bow boffo
In the U.K., “Aladdin” topped “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” as Disney’s biggest bow. Exhibs say the result was terrif in advance of the school vacation, which begins Dec. 17, and considering that severe gales whipped through Britain midweek.
In France, pic widened to a massive 507 prints, propelling the total to $ 10. 7 million.
“Little Buddha” had a rousing preem in France, drawing 308,660 spectators at 187 situations and prompting Buddha-like smiles at distrib AMLF.
Between them, “Aladdin” and “Buddha” collared nearly 50% of the total Paris biz.
The wryly titled “Tout le Monde n’A pas Ru la Chance D’Avoir des Parents Communistes” (Not Everyone Has the Luck to Have Communist Parents), a sentimental 1950s comedy toplining Josie Balasko, had a nifty debut.
In Germany, “Aladdin” sped to $ 9.5 million through the third lap and Warner Bros. unleashed “Demolition Man,” grabbing a feisty $ 3.4 million from 347 prints. German receipts shot up by 27%, and “Farewell My Concubine” had a classy debut. In its foreign preem, “Look Who’s Talking Now” scampered into Spain with a fine $ 821,360 in six days at 85 theaters. At that rate, the comedy will easily outperform its domestic results.
Spanish B.O. was boosted by a three-day holiday, which helped hike “Aladdin” to $ 5.8 million through its third outing. It was an ideal time to launch “The Firm,” which averaged a splendid $ 16,741 in six days on 145 screens. Its overseas gross climbed to $ 91.5 million, and it’s a sure bet to hit $ 100 million.
“Jurassic Park” towers at $ 525.6 million overseas. UIP is busy reissuing the pic in dubbed version in Latin America and widening the release to more than 1, 000 prints by Christmas.
“The Fugitive” ran to $ 166.8 million, “Sliver” to $ 75.1 million, “In the Line of Fire” to $ 65 million, “Rising Sun” to $ 32.6 million and “Sleepless in Seattle” to $ 54 million.
Bowing in Australia, “Demolition Man” averaged an excellent $ 9,264 on 122 screens.
Freshman “Age of Innocence” posted a handsome $ 11,722 average on 34 and was especially strong in Sydney. “Son-in-Law” began OK after a well-publicized tour by Pauly Shore.
In its second lap Down Under, “Addams Family Values” was off by 29%, which worried and surprised exhibs who rate the sequel as better than the original.
“Demolition Man” grabbed $ 126,000 on 20 screens in Denmark and a huge $ 556, 600 on 27 in Singapore as its offshore cume jumped to $ 24.2 million.
“Cliffhanger” kicked off the holiday season in Japan with a muscular $ 6.4 million in five days on 129, pushing the foreign total past $ 126 million.