You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘DAME’ RINGS BELLS

Toon passes $100 mil o'seas; 'Trek' bow hot in Oz

:”The Hunchback of Notre Dame” notched good to outstanding debuts in 13 territories last week, propelling the overseas cume to $104.8 million, yet exhibs in some European markets were griping about various B.O. valleys.

Meanwhile, “Star Trek: First Contact” had a stellar foreign preem in Australia, beaming up $1.9 million on 136 screens, 35% higher than “Star Trek Generations” on 104 last year.

“101 Dalmatians” was unleashed in Singapore with $430,000 on 18, a better start than “Babe” and ‘Home Alone 2.” Stephen Herek’s pic launched over the weekend Down Under and in Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia and New Zealand. It’s set for February and March in most of Europe.

Lack of product depth was the chief complaint in Italy, Germany and the U.K. Some Teutonic bookers were disappointed with “Hunchback’s” $3.2 million opener on 476 screens, including previews, and said “She’s the One” was blah.

Gallic programmers were elated by the Disney animated pic’s estimated $9 million haul on 627, the third-highest bow of the year behind “Independence Day” and “Mission: Impossible,” and about 16% below “The Lion King,” which wound with $63.1 million – a record in France.

However, cinema operators were jittery after the terrorist bomb explosion in Paris, and some fear that another attack could torpedo the pre-Christmas biz. Insect docu “Microcosmos” is no flea, amassing $5.7 million in two weeks, while “Bernie,” a dark Gallic comedy about a 30-year-old man’s search for his biological parents, unearthed a snappy $1.2 million on 121.

“Hunchback” charged into Belgium with $1 million in six days on 90 screens and Switzerland at $785,000 on 31 – in both markets, BVI’s second-highest debut behind “The Lion King.”

The take in Holland was a healthy $550,000 on 152. In its second wide week in Spain, the family pic eased by just 10% for a cume of $5.2 million, and after the third weekend of its exclusive run in Rome with stage show, totaled $1.1 million; it rolled out Dec. 6 on 140 screens in Italy. At this clip, “Hunchback” seems capable of at least equaling “Pocahontas,” which minted $204.6 million abroad.

“Michael Collins” posted a rousing $1.6 million in six days on 163 in Italy after winning the Golden Lion and best actor awards at the Venice festival, but it wasn’t enough to revive the flagging Italo B.O. Limited releases for “Beautiful Girls” (pitched as this year’s “The Big Chill”), Chantal Akerman’s comedy “A Couch in New York” and Claude Lelouch’s “Men, Women: A User’s Manual” weren’t very rewarding.

More Scene

  • NMHC Impact Awards

    Aubrey Plaza, NHMC President Call Out Under-Representation of Latinos at Impact Awards

    :”The Hunchback of Notre Dame” notched good to outstanding debuts in 13 territories last week, propelling the overseas cume to $104.8 million, yet exhibs in some European markets were griping about various B.O. valleys. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: First Contact” had a stellar foreign preem in Australia, beaming up $1.9 million on 136 screens, 35% higher […]

  • 'Seven Seconds' TV show premiere

    Regina King Talks Heaviness of Role in 'Seven Seconds'

    :”The Hunchback of Notre Dame” notched good to outstanding debuts in 13 territories last week, propelling the overseas cume to $104.8 million, yet exhibs in some European markets were griping about various B.O. valleys. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: First Contact” had a stellar foreign preem in Australia, beaming up $1.9 million on 136 screens, 35% higher […]

  • UnReal Athena Film Festival

    How Trump Beating Clinton Impacted the Gender Politics of 'UnReal' Season 3

    :”The Hunchback of Notre Dame” notched good to outstanding debuts in 13 territories last week, propelling the overseas cume to $104.8 million, yet exhibs in some European markets were griping about various B.O. valleys. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: First Contact” had a stellar foreign preem in Australia, beaming up $1.9 million on 136 screens, 35% higher […]

  • 'Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and

    'Unsolved' Stars Point Out Racial Injustice in Biggie and Tupac Murder Cases

    :”The Hunchback of Notre Dame” notched good to outstanding debuts in 13 territories last week, propelling the overseas cume to $104.8 million, yet exhibs in some European markets were griping about various B.O. valleys. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: First Contact” had a stellar foreign preem in Australia, beaming up $1.9 million on 136 screens, 35% higher […]

  • Taura Stinson, Common, and Diane WarrenVariety

    Common, Pasek and Paul, Diane Warren Reveal Inspiration Behind Oscar-Nominated Songs

    :”The Hunchback of Notre Dame” notched good to outstanding debuts in 13 territories last week, propelling the overseas cume to $104.8 million, yet exhibs in some European markets were griping about various B.O. valleys. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: First Contact” had a stellar foreign preem in Australia, beaming up $1.9 million on 136 screens, 35% higher […]

  • 'Game Night' film premiere

    'Game Night': Director, Writer Talk 'Straddling Genres' and the Influence of 'Get Out'

    :”The Hunchback of Notre Dame” notched good to outstanding debuts in 13 territories last week, propelling the overseas cume to $104.8 million, yet exhibs in some European markets were griping about various B.O. valleys. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: First Contact” had a stellar foreign preem in Australia, beaming up $1.9 million on 136 screens, 35% higher […]

  • Esquire 'Mavericks of Hollywood' party

    Terry Crews on His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: 'If I Don’t Get Justice, Nobody Can'

    :”The Hunchback of Notre Dame” notched good to outstanding debuts in 13 territories last week, propelling the overseas cume to $104.8 million, yet exhibs in some European markets were griping about various B.O. valleys. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: First Contact” had a stellar foreign preem in Australia, beaming up $1.9 million on 136 screens, 35% higher […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content