‘Dame’ grand overseas

Capping a sublime weekend overseas, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” minted a socko $13.7 million from debuts in 13 territories and holdovers “Star Trek: First Contact” blitzed Australia and “101 Dalmatians” enchanted Singapore.

Looking to achieve overseas what it failed to do domestically, New Line’s “The Long Kiss Goodnight” had an encouraging $2 million preem on 306 screens in the U.K., including previews. Meanwhile, Warners’ “Michael Collins” scored a feisty $1.3 million on 163 in Italy after nabbing a stout $8.3 million through the fourth frame in the U.K. and Ireland; in Ireland alone, the cume is $4.1 million.

Disney’s “Hunchback” ascended to $101.7 million and, according to BVI’s statistical wiz, in comparable markets is tracking 15% up on “Pocahontas,” which wound with $204.6 million abroad. Quasimodo & Co. pulled a huge $6.5 million in five days on 627 in France, the third-highest opening of the year behind “Independence Day” and “Mission: Impossible,” and BVI’s second-best debut in history next to “The Lion King’s” $7.1 million.

In Germany, the take was $2.6 million on 476: very good but not as stellar as France, traditionally the most lucrative Euro market for Disney animation. That was in line with the entries of “Pocahontas” and “Toy Story,” but trailing “Lion King’s” $4.3 million. Among the stand-out results were Belgium’s $820,000 from 90 screens, Switzerland’s $592,000 on 31 (in both, BVI’s second-highest debut behind “Lion King”) and Holland’s $451,000 on 152.

After the second weekend wide in Spain, the tally is $4.7 million, and the third weekend of its exclusive run in Rome brought the gross to $1.1 million; it rolls out Friday on 140 screens in Italy.

The latest “Star Trek” edition encountered $1.4 million on 136 Down Under, some 32% up on “Star Trek Generations’ ” launch on 104 last year.

Released day-and-date with the U.S., “101 Dalmatians” scurried into Singapore with $280,000 on 18, a better start than “Babe” and ‘Home Alone 2″ in a market where family fare usually runs second to actioners. Stephen Herek’s pic has December dates in the U.K., Australia and parts of Asia and Latin America, and February/March in most of Europe.

“Ransom” hit $6.9 million in its third round in Oz (off 33%), and $650,000 after the second in New Zealand, where “Jingle All the Way” came in with a moderate $118,000 on 28. Brian Levant’s comedy eased by an acceptable 19% in the second weekend Down Under for a fair cume of $1.7 million.

‘Goodnight’ cheer

Renny Harlin’s “Long Kiss Goodnight” brought some cheer to a listless U.K., where fellow freshmen “Dracula: Dead and Loving It,” “The Van” and “Fear” all were soft. New Line needs a lift after the lowly overseas runs of “Last Man Standing” ($18.6 million) and “The Island of Dr. Moreau” ($14.1 million).

Andrew Davis’ “Chain Reaction” checked into France with an insipid $829,000 on 312; overseas total is an unimpressive $27.5 million.

Tom Hanks’ “That Thing You Do!” opened in Singapore with a low-key $64,000 on 11 after four rounds at two theaters in Taiwan generated just $223,000.

“The Nutty Professor” topped $119 million, “The First Wives Club” reached $19.6 million in 14 territories, and “Dragonheart” moved up to $39 million, including a solid $4.5 million in 11 days in Germany, $903,000 in the same frame in Singapore, and a lively $275,000 in four days on 27 in Malaysia. “Ghost and the Darkness” took in a so-so $221,000 in four days on 18 in Hong Kong and has $1.4 million after 16 days in Korea and $1.3 million in 23 days in Taiwan.

Hang time

“Space Jam” dropped by just 16% in its sophomore session in Puerto Rico, netting a fine $1 million thus far. “A Time to Kill” climbed to $39.4 million, highlighted by Germany’s $8.3 million; Warner stablemate “Tin Cup” putted along to $26.3 million, and “The Glimmer Man” crawled on to $18.4 million.

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