‘Buddha,’ ‘Addams’ travel

“Little Buddha” had its world preem in wintry France and the “Addams Family” sequel began its foreign journey in sweltering, summery Australia. Both look promising, but not outstanding.

Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic sold about 43,000 tickets on 187 screens Dec. 1, its opening day, and was much stronger in the major cities than the provinces.

Not too much should be read into the one-day figure, but it was slightly lower than expected.


Distributor AMLF could point to terrible weather, which depressed receipts, and hopes word of mouth will spread.

“Hard Target” landed hard in its second week, true to form, and has battled on to gross $ 18 million internationally.

However “Aladdin” had a super first week nationally in France, grabbing some 33% of the entire market, and “Sleepless in Seattle” held firm, off 17% in its second weekend as its foreign cume rose to $ 50.9 million.

Down Under, “Addams Family Values” averaged $ 5,799 on 129 screens, a good start in advance of the Christmas vacation. It was clearly audiences’ first choice, as the holdovers tumbled by 30%-40%.

Strike buster

“Aladdin” flew to $ 110 million gross overseas. Despite a national strike in Belgium, which closed some cinemas, the animated musical took a potent $ 596,000 in eight days on 72 screens. In Holland, it grabbed $ 395,000 in seven days on 91, and in Spain, advanced to $ 3 million through 13 days on 106.

Snow and sub-zero temperatures buffeted the German B.O., and only “Aladdin” remained unshaken as it widened to 333 prints in the second lap.

Of the rookies, “Weekend at Bernie’s II” did OK, while “The Man Without a Face” and “Kalifornia” succumbed.

But this has been a buoyant year in Germany as admissions through November were up 16% in the west and 35% in the east.

Overseas, “Jurassic Park” loped along to $ 522 million, “The Fugitive” to $ 163.4 million, “The Firm” to $ 88 million, “In the Line of Fire” to $ 62.7 million, and “Rising Sun” to $ 28.6 million.

‘Man’ looks strong

“Demolition Man” retained pole position in Britain, off 32% in its third weekend, and had a fine second at 14 theaters in South Korea, totaling $ 1.9 million. Actioner opened briskly in the Philippines ($ 752,500 on 41, a Warner Bros. record) and Argentina ($ 281,650 on 13).

In Spain, Pedro Almodovar’s “Kika” tallied $ 3.8 million through the fifth lap on 72.

“Sliver” has played out in most places — its foreign total is $ 74 million. Don’t look for it in Malaysia and the Philippines, where it’s been banned.

“Dave” bombed in Norway, completing a sorry scorecard in Scandinavia, but it has done well enough in Italy, Spain and a few other places to garner a healthy $ 23.8 million.

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