“Jurassic Park” keeps biting off big chunks of box office around the world.
“The public’s reaction is phenomenal: I’ve never seen anything like it,” marveled one British exhib as “Jurassic Park” packed houses in a record-busting first week.
There was similar euphoria in the Far East, Mexico and Latin America as the dinopic chomped $ 41 million in the week ending July 22, propelling the foreign total to $ 51 million.
‘Jurassic’ shattered two
In the U.K. and Ireland, the blockbuster bagged T9.2 million ($ 14 million) on 434 prints, including previews. It shattered not only the three-day high of “Batman Returns,” which made T2.737 million on 410 prints, but also “Terminator 2’s” opening week record of T4.64 million.
This marked the first time in U.K. history that a film has grossed more than T1 million on each of the first seven days; only the “Batman” sequel and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” had surpassed T1 million in a single day.
Propelled by T-rex and family, British B.O. takings soared by more than 150% to an all-time peak of $ 18.14 million. Against that onslaught, “Cliffhanger” didn’t do badly, falling by only 35% in its fourth weekend, but “Super Mario Bros.” took a big hit, diving 54% in its second.
In Japan, Steven Spielberg’s opus amassed an unprecedented $ 14.15 million in six days on 237 prints for a per-screen average of $ 59,732.
‘Jurassic’ also devoured $ 4.6 million in seven days on 179 screens in Mexico; $ 2.3 million on 23 in Taiwan and $ 1.8 million on 21 in Korea, both in six days: All are national records.
However, dinosaurs don’t rule the entire world — yet. “Aladdin” is raking in big bucks for Buena Vista Intl. and running at least 50% ahead of “Beauty and the Beast.” The genie saga has taken $ 3.1 million apiece in Brazil and Argentina and $ 1.56 million in Korea.
In Germany, the top 10’s B.O. receipts in the week ended July 21 improved a bit to a strapping $ 9.7 million, buoyed by school holidays and cool weather. The multiplex in Leipzig had its second best week of the year. Even so, exhibs said they would love to show “Jurassic Park” now to capitalize on all the media hype; Germans will have to wait until Sept. 2.
‘Dennis’ a menace
“Dennis the Menace” reigned for the second week after adding another 60 state-subsidized prints for underprivileged cinemas.
French exhibs were pleased with biz in the session ended July 20, which was boosted by the July 14 Bastille Day holiday.
“Loaded Weapon 1” had a solid debut, demonstrating that Gallic audiences are as partial as anyone to spoofs. “RoboCop 3” plunged by more than 50% in its sophomore session in France — a sure sign of lousy word-of-mouth — and began tamely in Spain.
Glum exhibs in Spain took little comfort from the other freshers “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3,” which scraped up $ 372,350 in six days at 78 theaters, and “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” which lost its way in Australia earlier this year.
“Last Action Hero” bowed big in Hong Kong with $ 596,460 on 18 screens and in Singapore with $ 240,250 on 16, both in four days.
Among other holdovers overseas, “Indecent Proposal” advanced to $ 122.9 million, “Made in America” moved to $ 26.4 million and “Cliffhanger” climbed to $ 41 million and scored $ 110,000 in the first two days on 29 screens in Hungary , the biggest opening there this year, beating “The Bodyguard,” Carolco reported.