In a topsy-turvy week at the foreign wickets, “Sliver” steamed into Germany and Austria, and “Hot Shots! Part Deux” had a jolly time in the U.K., Mexico and Eastern Europe.
But “Dennis the Menace” didn’t raise a lot of laughs in its French debut, and “Last Action Hero” wasn’t overwhelmed by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fans in Spain.
There was no wavering by “Jurassic Park,” which galloped to $ 214 million overseas through Thursday, racking up more B.O. records along the way. By today it will top $ 220 million.
In just 29 days, the Universal/United Intl. Pictures’ blockbuster dethroned “The Commitments” to become Ireland’s No. 1 pic. It’s the top grosser, Chinese or English lingo, ever in Singapore after 17 days, drawing more than 500,000 people.
In New Zealand, Steven Spielberg’s epic bowed on 30 screens and smashed every house record in the first week, collaring $ 627,300. For the Sept. 2 launch in Germany, cinemas in 150 cities are holding midnight screenings, and one in Berlin is catering for the keenest fans with 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. shows that day.
Sharon Stone’s German fans came out in force for “Sliver,” posting UIP’s fourth highest opening there. German top 10 receipts jumped by 27% to $ 8.4 million, giving exhibs another bountiful week.
Buena Vista debuted Steve Rash’s comedy “Son in Law” with fair results. “I thought it would do worse,” said one exhib, noting that German auds were tickled by Pauly Shore’s previous outing, “Encino Man.”
They were less taken with another broad comedy, “Mr. Nanny,” perhaps partly explained by the fact that Hulk Hogan and the wrestling circus aren’t big in Germany.
“Sliver” pulled $ 463,200 in the first week at 40 theaters in Austria and was equally hot in Switzerland and Finland.
“Dennis the Menace” was soft in Paris but sturdier in the French suburbs and provinces. WB gave it a decent push and the character is known in France, so why the tepid response? “I don’t know,” admitted one exhib. “I expected it to do a bit better.”
A wipeout in Sweden and the Far East, huge in Germany and a steady earner in the U.K., “Dennis” advanced to $ 47.2 million overseas.
In its second round, “Last Action Hero” slumped by 44% in Paris, 35% nationally.
Bertrand Blier’s “1, 2, 3 Soleil,” an allegory about a young Marseille girl looking for her first love, is shaping up as one of his less successful efforts.
Gaumont’s superhit comedy “Les Visiteurs” claimed third spot in the hall of Gallic B.O. fame, clocking 10.4 million tickets. Ahead of it are Gerard Oury’s 1960s laffers “Le Corniaud” (11.7 million) and “La Grande Vadrouille” (17.2 million).
“Hot Shots! Part Deux” vaulted to $ 27 million after zippy bows in the U.K., Mexico ($ 470,000 in four days on 90 screens), Poland ($ 192,700 in six on 45) and Czechoslovakia ($ 140,000 in seven on 35). The U.K. opening was below the predecessor’s but the others were up by 100% or more: In this case, slapstick appeals more in foreign-lingo markets than in English-speaking.
U.K. receipts held steady at a buoyant $ 11.6 million as “Jurassic Park” was off by 19% in its sixth. “El Mariachi” got rave reviews and well-attended houses. Erotic trifle “Lake Consequence” was OK in the West End — with one exhib noting, “There is room for that kind of exploitation”– but flaccid in the provinces.
In Japan, “Jurassic Park” slipped 39% in the sixth lap, an inevitable letdown after the Obon vacation, scoring $ 79 million to date. “Aladdin” powered to $ 15 .9 million through 19 days, now on 146 prints, and its overseas cume levitated to $ 65.9 million. Animated flick has overtaken “Basic Instinct” as South Africa’s B.O. champ, grossing $ 2.86 million.
“Dave” tumbled by 36% in its second weekend on 11 screens, making $ 924,000 to date, evidently viewed as too American for Japanese tastes. But Ivan Reitman’s pic romanced plenty of Koreans, earning $ 85,000 in four days at two theaters.
“Last Action Hero” plunged by 47% in the second weekend on 198 in Japan, $ 7. 4 million cume, holding better in the provinces than in the cities.
“The Fugitive” still reigns in Australia. It’s off just 5% in the second lap and is getting terrific word-of-mouth. Rookies “Born Yesterday” and “Hellraiser 3” were blah. Lovely weather, more evocative of early summer than late winter, helped depress nationwide takings by 10% to $ 3.7 million.
In Spain, “Last Action Hero” debuted with $ 1.5 million on 114, rated as fair by one exhib who said, “We knew what happened in other markets; we didn’t expect much more than that.”
“Cliffhanger” ascended to $ 77.7 million on 1,364 screens internationally. “Passenger 57” is winding with $ 19.4 million.