‘X’ spotty in o’seas box office

“Malcolm X” is on an erratic course overseas.

It is on target in the United Kingdom and Japan, in the ballpark in France and Australia, but way down in Italy and Germany.

In a week of decidedly mixed fortunes, “Scent of a Woman” bowed fragrantly in a bunch of territories, but lagged in Italy; “Sommersby” began with gusto in Europe; “Toys” tottered in London; and “Hoffa” bombed.

Looming as a write-off in foreign, “Hoffa” corpsed in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland, and plunged 57% in the second week in Australia.

Released so far in 14 territories, “Accidental Hero” (“Hero” in the U.S.) has made a real turnaround after its early demise domestically.

“Sommersby” had impressive bows in Sweden, German-speaking Switzerland and Finland.

Sunny weather last weekend depressed the Italian B.O. and the top 10’s receipts tumbled to $ 3.5 million. “Scent of a Woman” was just fair in its second week.

The top 10 in Germany collared a robust $ 8.5 million, boosted by rookies “Accidental Hero” and “Scent of a Woman.”

Tobis launched “Malcolm X” in Berlin Feb. 23, the day after Denzel Washington won a best actor Silver Bear. After a good first week, it dropped 30% in the second. Last week it went out on 38 prints nationally; Tobis said results were “disappointing.”

With the end of the winter vacation, ticket sales in Paris inevitably declined, off by 21% to 677,000.

Gallic comedy “Les Visiteurs” sailed past 1 million admissions in the capital and is certain to overtake “Basic Instinct,” which wound with 1.2 million. “Body of Evidence” bounced out of the box but seems likely to descend rapidly and “Malcolm X” fell marginally in its second lap despite widening from 67 to 116 prints.

Long-running “Les Nuits Fauves” reaped the benefits of the Cesar awards for best French film and best first film for director Cyril Collard, who died of AIDS complications March 5, and distrib Pan Europeenne this week upped the number of prints from 96 to 175.

After a one-week showcase in London, “Lorenzo’s Oil” fanned out on 70 prints in Britain.

“Malcolm X” had a decent opening in the United Kingdom, scoring best in the capital and upmarket situations. Slaughtered by the critics, “Toys” mustered a mere $ 42,200 at the cavernous Odeon Leicester Square.

In Madrid, the B.O. plummeted by nearly 30% as the holdovers tired.

Australian takings totaled $ 3.6 million as “The Last of the Mohicans” debuted with a sparkling $ 10,959 average on 78 screens.

In Japan “Mohicans” pocketed a terrif $ 712,555 in the first weekend on 17 screens in nine key cities, an average of nearly $ 42,000, and some $ 2 million on 134 nationally.

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