Int’l ‘Park’ nearing $ 100 mil

Entering its third weekend in Japan, Britain and several other markets, “Jurassic Park” was poised to gallop past $ 100 million gross overseas by today.

The total stood at $ 89 million through July 29 after another T-rex-sized week that ponied up $ 38 million from 16 territories.

Meanwhile, “The Firm” opened its foreign account impressively in Japan and Australia.

In Britain and Ireland, the monster movie achieved the historic feat of earning more than T1 million ($ 1.5 million) per day for 14 days straight, and indications were that would stretch to 17 by today.

Takings in the second week on 435 prints improved by 1.5%, boosted by the school vacation, for a cume of T18.06 million ($ 25.8 million). It’s only days away from conquering the all-time B.O. champ “Ghost,” which made T23.3 million.

The British top 10 hit anothernew peak of T12.2 million ($ 18.2 million), helped by the nationwide release of “Bambi,” which, in typical Disney style, began building after a slow weekend.

“Jurassic Park” slipped by a trifling 3% in Korea, totaling $ 3.95 million in 13 days on 21 screens, and by 8% in Taiwan for $ 4.75 million in the same period from 23. The six-day screen averages were an astounding $ 86,002 and $ 92,477, respectively.

Solid ‘Firm’

In Japan “The Firm” nabbed $ 2.4 million in six days at 110 theaters for an average of $ 21,857, while “Jurassic Park” fell only 6%, advancing to $ 27.4 million in 13 days on 237 prints. Steven Spielberg’s epic has commandeered no less than 70% of the Japanese market, United Intl. Pictures reported.

In that hit-or-miss territory, count “Falling Down” as a miss after a five-day tally of $ 520,145 on 57 screens. The Michael Douglas vehicle skews heavily to males — a handicap in a market where females predominate — and WB had to bring the release date forward by a couple of weeks to this hotly competitive period after shortlived runs of “Dennis the Menace” and “Made in America.”

“Falling Down” has grossed a respectable $ 44 million overseas, with Germany, the U.K. and France as the standouts. After corpsing in the Far East, “Dennis” turned into a crowdpleaser in Germany, Australia, South Africa and now Belgium; its cume is $ 21 mil.

Paris drops

In a softening French market — Paris ticket sales slid by 18% to 518,000 — rookies “Swing Kids” and “Benny & Joon” did better than elsewhere, while “Posse” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

scored a splendid $ 693,415 in the first week at 65 theaters in Holland and $ 595,870 in six days at 40 in Denmark: both ahead of the predecessor. The sequel also triumphed in Indonesia, netting $ 383,100 in eight days at 44.

In Australia, “The Firm” averaged a hot $ 12,470 on 142 prints, assisted by favorable critics and lotsa media exposure for Tom Cruise’s visit.

UIP is still celebrating “Indecent Proposal,” which advanced to $ 125.2 million overseas. “Cliffhanger” ascended to $ 46 million after grossing $ 4.5 million on the July 24-25 weekend on some 950 screens internationally. Look for the actioner to leap toward $ 60 million after Germany and Austria kicked in July 29.

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