In Japan, “Sliver” went toe-to-toe against “Striking Distance”– and Sharon Stone KO’d Bruce Willis.“Sliver” scored $ 3.475 million in five days on 163 screens, elevating the international cume to a lusty $ 63.1 million. Willis’ actioner took $ 830,000 in the opening weekend on 87 screens, and in six days the tally at 15 key cinemas was $ 1.15 million; the national figure wasn’t available at press time. Meantime, “Jurassic Park” vaulted to $ 482.6 million overseas, “The Fugitive” raced on to $ 138.3 million, “Hot Shots! Part Deux” to $ 83.2 million,”Last Action Hero” to $ 76.4 million and “Sleepless in Seattle” to $ 36.7 million. The dinopic roared through its second round in France (down 18%, $ 26.4 million total) and Belgium (up 27%, $ 4.6 million). In Greece, the last European bow, it hauled in $ 840,300 through eight days at 22 theaters. “Cliffhanger” charged into Italy, amassing a huge $ 2.7 million in three days — a holiday weekend — on 250 prints. Its overseas total is $ 112 million. Woody Allen’s Italo fans came out in force for “Manhattan Murder Mystery”; exhibs say Woody is expertly dubbed and his films don’t suffer from the translation. “The Firm” widened from 144 to 209 prints and advanced to $ 4.4 million through13 days. The Tom Cruise starrer initialed impressively in Denmark but was less luminous in Sweden. Its foreign cume exceeds $ 68.1 million. “Rising Sun” dawned in Australia, averaging a highly respectable $ 7,910 on 105 screens. Philip Kaufman’s pic garnered an excellent $ 1.01 million in the first six days on 81 screens in Spain and $ 268,000 in five days on 46 in Brazil. “Hard Target” kicked off in Brazil with a mighty $ 423,000 in five days on 71. Pedro Almodovar’s “Kika” bowed in Spain with a rousing $ 716,000 in four days on 74 screens, despite mostly downbeat reviews. Warner Bros. spent a hefty $ 500 ,000 on the launch and garnered lots of publicity at the Madrid preview; October Films has picked up domestic rights. French biz kept bubbling as tickets sales in Paris topped 1.1 million, down from the previous week. Stephen Frears’ “The Snapper” and Cannes Palme d’Or co-winner “Farewell My Concubine” had classy preems. In the U.K., “The Piano” hit high notes in upmarket situations but was off-key in blue-collar towns. After platforming in London, “True Romance” went wide with modest results.
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