Hot and heavy was the action at foreign wickets last weekend as “Jurassic Park” fired up Australia, Germany and a bunch of other Euro territories.
Steering clear of the dinosaurs, “The Fugitive” was set loose in France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland with top results.
The dino-mite pic hurtled on to $ 261 million gross overseas after a thumping $ 25 million weekend. By next Monday, the global score should hit the $ 600 million mark.
Then the next milestone will be the $ 639 million worldwide gross clocked by the most successful movie of all time, “E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial.”
Opening records were smashed across the board last weekend. In Germany, the Universal/UIP phenomenon commandeered $ 10.51 million in four days on 644 prints , including 150 midnight previews.
Down Under, the four-day take was $ 3.56 million on 192, including previews. The Sept. 2 opening marked the first Aussie million-dollar day in history, and the following three days also exceeded that amount.
The dinosaurs conquered Scandinavia, bagging $ 1.07 million on 109 prints in Sweden, $ 546,000 on 42 in Norway and $ 435,000 on 33 in Finland, all in three days.
Other three-day tallies were $ 960,000 on 74 screens in Austria and $ 927,000 on 47 in German-speaking Switzerland.
Bowing in France Sept. 1, “The Fugitive” racked up 514,000 admissions and a hot $ 2.89 million in five days on 337.
Andrew Davis’ chase pic knocked some of the stuffing out of “Sliver,” which dropped 34% in the second weekend on 272 screens, $ 4.34 million to date.
The Harrison Ford starrer nabbed $ 389,000 in four days at 57 theaters in Holland, $ 389,000 in five days at 43 in Belgium and $ 138,000 in three days at 13 in Switzerland.
“Sliver” charged into Britain, nabbing $ 1.13 million in three days on 254 prints. One exhib said word-of-mouth isn’t good, and he expects the pic to collapse next weekend.
The thriller launched in Spain with a smart $ 838,000 in three days on 102 screens, as its foreign total escalated to $ 24 million.
“In the Line of Fire” began its foreign campaign with a bang in the U.K. in the week ending Sept. 2, grossing $ 2.5 million on 198 prints. That was the best opening by a Clint Eastwood vehicle in Blighty. In the second weekend on 201 screens, pic held fairly well, slipping 19%, and toting up $ 3.68 million so far.
“Much Ado About Nothing” had a classy second weekend on 107 screens in the U.K. Ken Branagh’s film “might do for Shakespeare what ‘Amadeus’ did for Mozart, ” said one exhib.
“Jurassic Park” kept its No. 1 perch in the U.K., down 30% in its eighth weekend, propelling the cume to $ 61.9 million.
“Aladdin” rode the magic carpet to $ 71.5 million, flying highest in Japan where it’s garnered $ 20.1 million in 26 days.
“Hot Shots! Part Deux” romped along to $ 35 million overseas, boosted by an eight-day take of $ 666,000 on 59 screens in Belgium and $ 407,000 in six days on 18 in Singapore.
Warner Bros. kicked off the fall season in Italy with “Made in America,” bagging a merry $ 328,000 in seven days on 24 screens. In the second weekend, pic widened to 121 prints and scored a sweet $ 683,000.
“RoboCop 3” revved up the Italian wickets, snaring $ 257,530 in the first week on 45. Penta cheekily tried to steal a march on the Sept. 17 bow of “Jurassic Park” by releasing Smart Egg Pictures’ 1991 effort “Dinosaurs” at 15 theaters, but audiences weren’t fooled.
In their second weekends in Spain, the “Hot Shots!” sequel dropped only a fraction and “Last Action Hero” was off 30%. Buena Vista launched “Guilty as Sin” to a better start than in most other places.
Spanish tradesters believe business is healthier than last year and they predict admissions this year will exceed 90 million.
French exhibs had a terrific week ending Aug. 31, as admissions in Paris rocketed by more than 50% to 712,000. Credit that to rookies “Sliver,” the “Hot Shots!” sequel, and “La Soif De L’Or,” (Thirst for Gold), Gerard Oury’s comedy about a money-obsessed man and his adventures with his mother and former wife. That trio annexed nearly half the entire market. For the year, ticket sales in Paris are 8.4% up on 1992 at 22.4 million.
“Indecent Proposal” advanced to $ 141 million, and in the first week in Denmark, collared $ 327,000 on 25 screens.