O’seas B.O. heating up

Exhibs who had been griping about the undernourished start to 1994 dined out lavishly last week as “Mrs. Doubtfire” electrified the U.K., Germany and Austria ,”Little Buddha” shone in Spain, and the French were tickled by a local comedy.

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors: White” bowed brightly in France, “The Age of Innocence” had a rousing launch in London, and “The Three Musketeers” looked handsome in Germany.

‘Park’ losing steam

Among the holdovers, “Jurassic Park” is winding down with $ 536 million overseas; “Aladdin” has $ 258 million; “A Perfect World,”$ 87 million; “Demolition Man,”$ 61 million; and “Striking Distance,”$ 26 million.

On the minus side, “Heart and Souls” didn’t display much of either in its Australian preem, “Hocus Pocus” and “The Man Without a Face” flopped in France, and “Heaven and Earth” corpsed in Germany.

“Hard Target” landed hard in Japan, taking $ 645,000 in 11 days on 30 screens.

Unloved in Spain and France, “The Good Son” had better luck in Mexico, taking $ 651,600 in five days on 90 screens.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” worked like a vacuum cleaner in Germany, wiping out the opposition with a giant $ 5.4 million on 490 screens. The overall result was a 23% hike in B.O. receipts over the previous week.

“Striking Distance” in Germany wilted by 44% in its second weekend and Tony Scott’s blood-soaked “True Romance” bowed anemically. “The Three Musketeers” stood up pretty well against “Doubtfire” and rode into the Philippines with $ 200,000 on 28 screens.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” blitzed the U.K. with a fabulous $ 5.8 million in six days on 350 prints.

Chris Columbus’ comedy has rapidly amassed $ 35.5 million overseas, including socko bows in New Zealand ($ 236,300 on 21) and Israel ($ 137,000 on 20).

“The Age of Innocence” began an exclusive five-week run at London’s Odeon Leicester Square with terrific numbers.

“La Vengeance d’une Blonde,” comedy toplining Christian Clavier of “Les Visiteurs” fame, started strongly, selling 158,000 tickets in Paris.

‘White’ no match for ‘Blue’

“Three Colors: White” had a fine per-screen average, but isn’t expected to match its predecessor, “Three Colors: Blue.”

“Little Buddha” averaged an impressive $ 15,844 in the first five days at 10 theaters in Madrid and Barcelona; national figures were not available. The pic has collected a moderate $ 17 million from six territories.

“Born Yesterday” was stillborn in most markets, but redeemed itself by earning $ 475,000 in the weekend bow on 82 screens in Spain. “Demolition Man” had a firm second on 102 screens, $ 2.8 million total.

Italo grosses held steady as rookie “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” made merry. Italo comedy “Let’s Keep Out of Touch” had an even better screen average. “Mr. Jones” had a robust third round, while “Demolition Man” cruised through the second, $ 2.8 million thus far.

Australian top 20 takings tumbled by 31% to $ 5.6 million. “Mrs. Doubtfire” was off by 26% in the seventh lap, but still averaged a splendid $ 8,236 on 154.

“Demolition Man” charged into Malaysia as Warner Bros. highest opener ever, notching $ 610,000 on 37 prints.

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