The verdict is in: “The Firm” is firming up as a substantial hit in its first foreign appearances.

“Jurassic Park,” meanwhile, had an awesome July 23-25 weekend overseas, devouring $ 20 million and accelerating the total to $ 71 million.

In Japan, “The Firm” nabbed $ 1.325 million in the first two days at 110 theaters for a per-screen average of $ 12,052. Business in the Osaka and Nagoya region was badly disrupted Sunday by a typhoon, which dumped 3-5 inches of water. It rained too on “Jurassic Park,” which on 237 prints nationally fell by 8% Sunday, vs. a 5% drop Saturday.

The Steven Spielberg blockbuster’s cume in Japan over nine days was $ 21.8 million.

Distrib United Intl. Pictures, which handles both films, had no qualms about pitching Paramount’s “The Firm” against the second week of Universal’s dinopic.

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UIP exex say the Tom Cruise topliner is pulling the age 21 and upward bracket , while “Jurassic Park’s” drawing power starts with 7-year-olds.

And with “The Firm,” UIP wanted to cash in on the lucrative summer playing time in Japan.

Sydney Pollack’s legal drama also bowed big in Australia, grossing $ 1.29 million in four days on 142 prints for a $ 9,091 average.

UIP exex were delighted with those figures, while noting weekend totals were depleted by the televising of a N.Y. Yankees baseball game that featured an Australian pitcher (the Yankees won) and a Test cricket match from Britain (the Aussies won).

And the distrib hasn’t finished celebrating “Indecent Proposal,” which advanced to $ 123.5 million overseas through last weekend.

“Jurassic Park” showed terrific resilience around the world with negligible declines in its second weekend. In Britain, where the school vacation started, it was off 3% on 435 prints as the total rocketed to $ 20.6 million.

The monster movie slipped by 6% in Korea as it climbed to $ 2.8 million on 21 screens; by 2% in Taiwan, $ 3.5 million from 23 cinemas to date; and by 19% in Mexico, $ 6.6 million total on 178 prints. Through 31 days in Brazil, the haul stands at $ 8.2 million.

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