‘Stargate’ Hits $30 Mil O’seas Cume

“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.

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