There’s no doubt about it: Underneath that heavy tweed skirt, “Mrs. Doubtfire’s” got fat legs, racking up $ 139.6 million in international dates.
She’s been causing laughter in Europe for six weeks and last week did $ 9 million on 1,791 screens, taking her cume to $ 84.7 million there.
France in four weeks contributed $ 17 million; Germany came up with $ 24 million in six and the U.K. coughed up $ 25 million. Italy stands at $ 13 million while the Swiss have popped $ 4 million into the kitty.
In Australia, the pic’s been doing more than a million a week, with the cume topping $ 17.5 million in 11 weeks in 132 parlors.
In two weeks in Mexico, the Chris Columbus-directed flick culled $ 1.3 million; and in Brazilafter 11, the cume is $ 7 million to date. Pic swept up one house in Peru for four days for $ 21,000.
Meanwhile, “Schindler’s List” is already pushing $ 15 million on international screens. Its opening week in Germany on 48 returned $ 1.2 million from 98,000 tickets. The low number of screens in the market bodes well for good word of mouth working for the film.
Japan is doing boffo biz with $ 3.8 million from 58 in 12 days, and a per-screen of $ 29,000. In Britain, 20 days on 147 resulted in $ 2.5 million, while in France the screen average is $ 20,000 on 94.
Spain is also fertile, with a cume of $ 357,000 in six days on 25, on par with Korea, which saw $ 324,000 in five days, in eight sites.
Dollars and censors
In Poland, where ticket prices are low, five days on 14 produced $ 129,000. And a presidential decision to overturn the censor’s demand for cuts in the Philippines resulted in a massive first day –$ 75,651 on 17 screens.
In Oz, “Philadelphia” opened the weekend of the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, and the huge influx of celebrants is figured to have bolstered the first week’s take of $ A1.1 million ($ 786,000) from 86 houses, and a screen average of $ 9,100.
In Italy, where poster art plays up the courtroom aspects and AIDS isn’t mentioned, the opening on 67 resulted in a comparable $ 701,000 with a $ 10,500 average. In Germany, it’s fallen into the category of “discrimination films”; by week two on 222 its cume was $ 3.3 million, and experts are predicting a long run.
‘Runnings’ not cooling
The Germans’ embrace of four frolicking Jamaican bobsledders gave “Cool Runnings” a swift start on the uphill European course to reach a $ 6.9 million cume by the fourth turn.
Opening week Down Under gave Buena Vista Intl. just over $ 1 million. On the second bend in the U.K., the take was $ 3.8 million on 210, close to Japan’s $ 3 .6 million in three weeks, and an international cume of $ 20 million.
“Pelican Brief” in Britain had a $ 3 million decision by the second weekend on 269, and $ 1 million in Hong Kong and $ 1.6 million out of Korea. With major markets in Europe and Australia to come, the Julia Roberts starrer has posted $ 8.5 million from 10 territories.
“Free Willy,” with a worldwide gross of $ 46 million, swims strong in Germany and is riding the waves with a high screen average: Cume there is a whopping $ 10.5 million.
Aussies put in $ 4.9 million, next best is the star’s home territory of Mexico with a $ 2.9 million take, while Singapore and Puerto Rico have done over $ 1 million.