“Stargate” joined “Disclosure,” “Terminal Velocity” and “Speed” last week as one of the unstoppable titles, even in the face of earthquakes and floods, while “Pulp Fiction” sniffed up a satisfying overseas cume.
“Stargate” made a galactic leap in its cume to $30 million in its 10 weeks of overseas release. The most recent territories to join its galaxy are Hong Kong and Singapore, with sources estimating opening figures at around $175,000 and $250,000, respectively. Distributors said they were pleased with the reception, given that the Chinese New Year vacation is generally not a moviegoing weekend.
In the U.K., “Stargate” has cumed a stellar $10 million in 25 days, while its opening in France on Feb. 1 was estimated to have netted $650,000 from 100,000 admissions in 226 cinemas. Insiders said they were confident the movie would easily surpass its U.S. cume of $70.6 million, with the phenom pic set to hit Australia on Feb. 16.
Warner’s “Disclosure” jumped to $44.4 million, powered by an excellent opening in Italy ($2.8 million on 207 screens) after a high-powered ad campaign. “Disclosure” and “Stargate” overshadowed all else in Italy, with Columbia TriStar’s “It Could Happen to You” not really happening at all. “Disclosure” also opened in Spain ($1.9 million on 138) and Mexico ($1.1 million on 125), while creating much steam in Sweden, opening on $513,437 on 72 (outranking the openings of “Indecent Proposal” by 180% and “Fatal Attraction” by 70%) and Hong Kong with $557,864 on nine. It also opened Feb. 1 in France on 46 Parisian screens, selling 29,000 tickets.
“Interview With the Vampire,” meanwhile, chomped through the $100 million mark this week, finishing up with a cume of $101.1 million.
Buena Vista had a busy week with “The Lion King” continuing its worldwide roar to a cume of $411 million on the way to around $415 million by Feb. 6. BV’s “Terminal Velocity” looks set to pass its weak domestic taking of $16.3 million by Feb. 6, with its total sitting at about $15 million – $1.2 million of that coming from its opening week in Australia. Robert Redford’s “Quiz Show” also netted an Australian cume of about $1.2 million in its only overseas market to date.
Also Down Under, two New Zealand movies found themselves in the top 10: Miramax’s “Heavenly Creatures” bagged $330,140 on 34 screens in its premiere week, while Dendy’s “Once Were Warriors” cumed $1.8 million.
Fox’s “Speed” hurtled to $191.3 million, with Japan proving to be the most stalwart supporter of the Keanu Reeves action pic. In Japan, “Speed” pulled in another $1.8 million after a 5% drop in business for a new Nippon gross of $52.7 million.
Miramax’s “Pulp Fiction” nosed toward a cume of $65 million, sniffing up $16.2 million on 150 screens in the U.K., $5.5 million on 60 screens Down Under but only $3.3 million in a quiet week in Germany and $2.5 million in three weeks in Spain. Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” notched up $4.5 million in three weeks in France.
Polygram’s “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” boogied up to an overseas total of $21.3 million, with France forking out $1.3 million.
At the end of its fourth week in Australia, UIP’s “Drop Zone” was hovering on the $3 million mark and “Little Rascals” posted a cume of nearly $7 million, $3.7 million of which was kicked in from 94 Aussie screens. Another performer is “Junior,” which bloated to a foreign cume of $52 million, with Japan the heaviest performer, notching its cume up to $13 million and new arrival Singapore weighing in at nearly $500,000.
UIP’s “The River Wild,” however, floated on $9.2 million, trickling in a modest $138,293 on its first day in France on 253 screens, while buoying up just $1.1 million at the end its first week in Germany and $172,208 in its first week in New Zealand on 23 screens.
In New Zealand, UIP reported a 38% increase last year in Kiwi cinema admissions; 1993 saw a 50% jump from the year before.