‘Proposal’ hits jackpot in Euro bow

“Indecent Proposal” began its Euro run last week with suitably racy figures, occupying the top spot in Italy in its opening week and posting strong opening days in Belgium and France. If early grosses are any indication, the pic is on its way to becoming as big an earner in Europe as in the U.S.

“Indecent” hit the jackpot with the biggest opening weekend this year so far in Italy, earning $ 2.4 million on 198 screens for the week, and continued to run red hot in its second week in Australia.

Total gross for the four territories is $ 6.6 million.

“Sommersby” continued its successful run in Europe, with outstanding opening weekends in South Africa, Portugal and Australia.

Scandinavian B.O. was noticeably dented, say distribs. New pix didn’t seem to be affected as much as the holdovers. “Passenger 57” had an excellent opening weekend in Sweden and permitted a good second weekend for “Sommersby” in Denmark.

In U.K., receipts fell by more than $ 1.56 million. “Groundhog Day’s” debut knocked “Sommersby” out of the top spot. Rookies “Rich in Love” and Walter Hill’s actioner “Trespass” both bombed in initial London release.

French B.O. was revived slightly by an unexpected rally from “Les Visiteurs.” Pic is on its way to becoming the third-largest grosser of all time in France.

Japan is providing a goldmine for new U.S. releases. “Sister Act” passed the $ 7 million mark in that territory in its fourth weekend, while “Scent of a Woman” earned nearly $ 3 million as its entered the third week.

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