The summer B.O. boomed on as “Jurassic Park” stalked $ 125.7 million gross overseas through Thursday, while “Cliffhanger” fired up Germany and Austria, “Aladdin” captivated Taiwan and “Last Action Hero” made a solid debut in the U.K., its first major overseas test.
“Dave” had its o’seas preem in Germany, polling a satisfying $ 880,000 on 121 screens after being extensively previewed by Warner Bros. Exhibs say word-of-mouth is excellent and they expect steady business.
“Last Action Hero” debuted on 266 prints in the U.K. and Ireland with $ 2.32 million: good, but several notches down from its altitude in the Far East.
The British press spent weeks relaying and amplifying “Action Hero’s” negative publicity in the U.S., and one scornful critic likened it to a messy collision between “Die Hard” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”
John McTiernan’s film also had to battle to establish itself while “Jurassic Park” thundered through its third record-smashing week, but Columbia TriStar decided on that date to make the most of vacation playing time. “Hero” fared better in provincial multiplexes than in upscale cinemas, indicating it’s drawing young males.
The Arnold Schwarzenegger pic had more luck in South Korea, where it was off just 6% in the second weekend on seven screens, $ 871,460 total.
After a quiet first weekend in Britain, “Dennis the Menace” began building and wound the week in good shape, and WB is sure it will chug nicely through the holiday season. “Dennis” took a mild $ 373,000 in the first weekend on 50 prints in Holland, knocked by searing weather.
“Jurassic Park” slid 22% on 435 prints in the U.K., T24.6 million ($ 37.9 million) to date. It claimed the mantle of highest-grossing picture ever in that market, overtaking the T20 million-plus club “Ghost,””E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,””Crocodile Dundee” and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (Daily Variety, Aug. 6).
British exhibs described trading as exceedingly buoyant as the top 10 titles mined a rich $ 17.3 million.
“Jurassic” fell only 5% on 237 screens in Japan, $ 40.1 million after 20 days , and had smash openings in Hong Kong, bagging $ 1.6 million in eight days on 15 , and in the Philippines with $ 1.2 million in nine on 48.
It’s also huge in Thailand, garnering $ 854,130 in six days at 33. United Intl. Pictures projected an overseas cume of about $ 140 million by today.
German circuit Flebbe had its second best weekend of the year, as the top 10 pix nationwide collected a super $ 10.5 million for the week. Embellished as “Only the Strongest Survive,””Cliffhanger” grabbed $ 3.7 million on 425 prints. Col TriStar got a lot of media mileage from Sly Stallone’s visit, including his hourlong appearance on a popular Saturday night sports show on ZDF.
“Cliffhanger” clawed its way to $ 56.8 million internationally on 1,429 screens and stormed into Brazil with a three-day haul of $ 608,200 on 112.
“Groundhog Day” bowed lively in France, appealing more to city folk than to the provinces, and has clocked a tidy $ 29.2 million overseas. Chuck Norris’ Gallic fans came out in force — conversely, mostly outside Paris — for “Sidekicks,” while Disney adventure “A Far Off Place,” retitled “Kalahari,” was mostly deserted.
“The Firm” slipped 15% in its second week on 112 screens in Japan, $ 4.7 million cume: outstanding in key cities, merely very good in the provinces where it’s mostly restricted to two sessions daily.
Taiwan takes to ‘Aladdin’
“Aladdin” conjured up $ 240,000 in two days at six theaters in Taiwan, the second-highest opening ever for Buena Vista there after “Sister Act.”
The animated hit has grossed $ 42 million to date and is certain to rank as BV’s No. 1 title of all time in Latin America, where it has made $ 18 million en route to a projected $ 25 mil.