Overarching the box office world, “Jurassic Park” flew to $ 190.4 million gross outside North America through Aug. 19. It’s a certainty to barrel past $ 200 million by today, landing at about $ 207 million.
That will hoist the global score over $ 500 million. Another sure thing is that the foreign tally will easily exceed domestic this fall when pic rolls out across Europe.
Among the latest batch of U.S. releases overseas, “The Fugitive” sprinted into Australia and posted “Lethal Weapon” numbers.
“Sliver” sizzled in South Korea, grabbing $ 666,800 in six days on 11 screens , and in Argentina, with $ 387,300 in seven on 13.
However, “Dave” hasn’t been a big vote-winner in Japan, mustering a fair $ 516,000 in five days at 11 theaters. Warner Bros. figured the romantic comedy was smart counterprogramming in that competitive market and still thinks it’ll settle in for a reasonable run. It was pitted against “Last Action Hero,” which launched with a fine $ 2.94 million in two days on 192 screens, about level with “Hook’s” bow.
Both were overshadowed by “Aladdin”– with a socko $ 10.8 million in 12 days on 124 (foreign total: $ 58.5 million) — and those rampaging dinosaurs.
“Jurassic Park” made history by posting the highest film rentals ever in Japan: $ 43 million after just 30 days. That beat 1983’s “E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial,” which wound with $ 41 million. “E.T.” had one big advantage in that the yen was worth more than twice as much against the dollar then.
The $ 43 million was United Intl. Pictures’ share of the $ 65 million B.O., which means the distrib is pulling rentals of 70% — the top figure creamed off by the true blockbusters.
Stoked by the Obon holiday, the dinopic’s receipts shot up by 15% in the fifth week on 237 prints, $ 69.5 million to date.
“The Firm” was off 7% in the fourth on 92, $ 8.8 million total.
“Last Action Hero” had a strong opening Wednesday in France but deflated at the weekend, winding the week with a creditable $ 3.6 million on 366 prints. But its takings plummeted by 50% on the second Wednesday.
Actioner hauled in a splendid $ 201,000 in first weekend on 16 screens in Switzerland and held fast in second in Holland, off 20%.
“Dave” stumbled in Switzerland, puzzling WB, which thought that was a receptive market for sophisticated fare; in this case, superb weather didn’t help.
Further pointing up differences in regional tastes, “Dennis the Menace” bombed in Sweden but had a terrific second lap in Norway.
In blazing-hot Spain, pic slipped 31% in the second on 108 prints and has made $ 1.5 million to date. Overseas total: $ 40.1 million.
Other progressive scores: “Indecent Proposal,”$ 129 million; “Sommersby,”$ 83 million; “Cliffhanger,”$ 72 million; “Falling Down,”$ 48 million; “Hot Shots! Part Deux,”$ 22 million.
The top 10 pix in Britain dipped by 20% to $ 11.6 million. “Made in America” had a solid bow and its foreign cume advanced to $ 36 million, while fellow rookies “Champions” (aka “The Mighty Ducks”) and “A Far Off Place” tanked. That’s two Disney duds out of the way before the fall.
“Last Action Hero” continued its slippery slide, off 45% in the third weekend , unlike “Jurassic Park,” which, from a much higher altitude, slipped 28% in its fifth.
One exhib noted the weather had a marked effect on takings as daily admissions bounced up and down by as much as 30% with the temperature.
In Sweden, “The Fugitive” fell by 21% in week two but rallied on weekdays after plunging — as did other titles — on Aug. 14, when the Water Festival drew huge crowds in perfect weekend weather.
In Australia, Andrew Davis’ chase pic averaged a smart $ 9,693 on 129. That’s on a par with the “Lethal Weapon” clicks.
“The Piano” (off just 8%) and “Sleepless in Seattle” (down 20%) had admirable second turns, while “Posse” opened wide on 60 with disastrous results.
“The Piano” scored handsomely in its German debut on 55 screens and distrib Pandora plans to widen to 150.
German receipts tumbled by nearly 30% to $ 6.6 million, depressed by fabulous weather and weak freshers including “The Cement Garden” and “Surf Ninjas.”
Admissions in Paris dawdled, and tradesters don’t expect an upturn until “The Fugitive” breaks loose Sept. 1.
“Boxing Helena” made a fair fist of the first week but wilted as it entered the second, and one exhib pronounced it a flop.