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‘Aladdin’ rubs French right way

The Magic Carpet alighted in Paris and France fell in love with “Aladdin.” The critics cried “Oui!” and the public lined up. Opening five days pulled $ 340 ,000 (its first run at Paris’ 2,750-seat Grand Rex is preceded by a live show of the great moments of Disney’s cartoon characters). Pic goes wide on Wednesday to 450 screens.

Across the border in Switzerland, the Disney winner played three cinemas in Zurich and took $ 62,025 — 30% up on “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Rising Sun” racked up a boffo screen average of $ 9,659 in its Italian opening weekend on 81, but the Germans and French were less enthusiastic.

In France, the Sean Connery starrer showed on 248 screens, pulling close to $ 2 million, while in Germany the film took about the same on 285.

In Taiwan, the opening take in six houses was $ 421,208 in four days. All told, it’s done $ 17.1 million in foreign, including $ 10.6 million in Europe in five weeks across six territories.

On ‘Target’

“Hard Target” kicked into France with an opening day of $ 227,000 across 30, while Belgium’s 10 screens added $ 157,000. In the East, John Woo’s first English-language pic took $ 239,000 on nine in Hong Kong and six days in Taiwan brought in $ 376,000 from 20 sites.

“Demolition Man” topped the British and other lists, building to $ 2,027,598 in its first week on 317 in the U.K., while across the South Atlantic, Stallone grabbed a good opening weekend on 100 screens in Brazil with $ 297,596, while the Mexicans produced $ 909,773 from 98. Total foreign amounted to just over $ 3 million in two weeks with most of the major markets still to come. Meanwhile, “Cliffhanger” reached $ 118 million overseas.

“The Firm” hit $ 82 million in foreign for UIP, ranking first in Taipei in its second week and pulling a cume of just short of $ 1 million. And “Sliver” peaked at $ 69.5 million, which included a 19-day cume of $ 8.5 million in Japan from 168 theaters.

‘Fugitive’ endures

It looks like “The Fugitive” will run and run, with an overseas cume of $ 154 million since August. Some $ 95.7 million of that came from Europe while Asia accounted for another $ 39.2 million –$ 26 million of which was from Japan alone.

“Dave” walked into France and sold 146,850 seats, which translated into a $ 879,139 contribution to the pic’s $ 20.5 million overseas gross. The duplicate president has tickled the Germans the most, garnering $ 4.1 million in that market, roughly equaling the take in all of Asia to date. In Oz, 73 screens elicited $ 2.4 million in five weeks.

Opening with a so-so $ 298,520 and mixed reviews Down Under was “Mr. Jones,” but “Point of No Return” got good notices, pulling $ 625,286 from 86 to lead the list.

Meanwhile, “M. Butterfly” fluttered into Taiwan and in the initial weekend came second to “Rising Sun” with a gross of $ 282,046 from 14 screens.

Oh, yes. And that Steven Spielberg picture about dinosaurs had reached $ 511. 1 million outside the U.S. as of Nov. 17.

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