Dino stomps on int’l records

The incredible has now happened: Through Friday, “Jurassic Park” became the first picture ever to gross $ 500 million overseas.

How much further up the B.O. summit the dinopic will go depends largely on UIP’s booster campaign for the holiday period — and, of course, the strength of the competition.

Further down the B.O. mountain, “The Fugitive” bolted to $ 146.3 million, “Hot Shots! Part Deux” ascended to $ 84.8 million, “The Firm” to $ 76 million and “Sliver” to $ 66.4 million.

Steven Spielberg’s epic has overtaken “Basic Instinct,” to rank as biggest movie to date in Spain, with $ 17.1 million in 31 days.

“Rising Sun” bowed in Japan with none of the fuss it encountered in the U.S, bagging a moderate $ 840,870 in five days at 72 theaters. The Japanese media didn’t pick up on the supposed Japan-bashing angle.

Phil Kaufman’s film dropped by 33% in its second lap in Australia, but was off only 1% in Spain.

In Japan, “Sliver” plunged by 39%, totaling $ 6.14 million through 12 days on 169. “Striking Distance” was off 27% in the second weekend on 103, $ 2.2 million to date.

“Three Colors: Blue” opened to packed houses in Spain and Germany, where it was released as “Kieslowski’s Blue.” Pedro Almodovar’s “Kika” had a strapping second weekend in Madrid, up 63%.

In Italy, “Cliffhanger” led the pack through its second weekend on 230 prints , $ 5.5 million to date. “Manhattan Murder Mystery” was the hottest ticket on screen averages, widening from 19 to 38 screens in the second weekend, $ 828,000 cume.

The French B.O. came back to earth as ticket sales in Paris fell by 40%. “Jurassic Park” was off by a whopping 61% in its third frame, $ 30.8 million cume. “True Romance” garnered excellent reviews but middling grosses.

“In the Line of Fire” vaulted to $ 51.2 million overseas, powered by a strong second weekend in Germany and preems in South Africa and Thailand.

Checking into Germany and Finland, “For Love or Money” didn’t collect much folding stuff but was more prosperous in Switzerland and Austria.

Winning 11 Australian Film Institute awards gave “The Piano” a decent 25% boost in its 14th lap in Oz. Aussie exhibs weren’t surprised by the so-so start of “Undercover Blues,” but expected a brighter showing by “Needful Things,” which averaged only $ 2,986 on 26 screens.

In the U.K, “The Piano” slipped by 7% in its second weekend, posting the highest per screen average in the market. “True Romance” dropped by 29% in its second nationally.

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