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The holiday B.O. season may be a bit lean so far in the U.S., but it’s been a time of plenty in most overseas territories.

Credit much of that to the magic of “Aladdin” in Europe, standout performances by “Cliffhanger” in Japan and “Little Buddha” in Italy, and solid con-tributions from “Demolition Man,””Rising Sun” and “The Age of Innocence.”

The season has had its share of casualties. “Look Who’s Talking Now” was all bark and no bite debuting in Australia, France, Norway and Portugal.

The comedy fared a bit better in Taiwan — notching $ 55,000 in the first weekend at six theaters — and in Spain, dipping 31% in the second weekend on 84 screens, $ 1.08 million to date.

“The Three Musketeers” rode into Australia averaging $ 7,517 on 122, rated so-so by exhibs who noted biz overall was a bit soft.

‘Naked’ success

Mike Leigh’s “Naked” won admiring reviews and a healthy turnout at six theaters; “Boiling Point” was cold.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” had its maiden foreign outing in Australia, grossing a superb $ 157,450 on the first day on 114 screens.

The film beat “Wayne’s World 2,” which initialed the same day with $ 109,040 on 95. But that was up from the original’s opening tally.

“Three Musketeers” had an OK weekend start in South Africa, garnering $ 75, 000 on 31, but was more dashing in Korea, scoring $ 110,000 at four theaters.

“Aladdin” zoomed to $ 154 million gross overseas, up 19% in the fourth weekend in Germany, down 13% in the third in France and off 16% in the second wide in the U.K. In the second round in Italy, the animated click widened from 103 to 116 prints and jumped 24%, totaling $ 6.3 million.

Italo audiences warmly embraced “Little Buddha,” directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, which racked up a hefty $ 598,800 in the first week at 19. Pic also captivated auds in Belgium and Switzerland.

“Addams Family Values” didn’t do the business Paramount was hoping for domestically, and so far isn’t setting the rest of the world afire either.

In the U.K., the sequel bowed about 30% below the predecessor; in Finland it was 50% up from the first, which didn’t click in Scandinavia. More propitious was the $ 727,090 tally through five days on 112 prints in Brazil.

“Cliffhanger” charged through the second round on 129 screens in Japan, slipping 29% for a total of $ 12.4 million through 12 days. Foreign cume: $ 133. 6 million.

Pretty good ‘World’

“A Perfect World” collared a decent $ 2.53 million in five days at 183 houses. The Eastwood/Costner vehicle had a fine first week in Sweden, and on Wednesday (opening day) in France, garnered a strapping $ 368,500 on 380 prints.

“Sleepless in Seattle” drew lots of Japanese females, bagging $ 1.5 million in the first weekend on 101 as its foreign total rose to $ 58.5 million. Romance also took a nifty $ 195,000 in its weekend bow on 39 in Holland.

Now on 1,200 screens abroad, “Jurassic Park” advanced to $ 527.5 million overseas. “The Fugitive” climbed to $ 170 million, “The Firm” to $ 93.3 million, “Rising Sun” to $ 35.7 million and “Demolition Man” to $ 30.4 million. Among the more modest achievers, “Dave” has grossed $ 25.4 million and “Hard Target” has $ 22.5 million.

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