Asia gets ‘Face’ time; twin ‘Cons’ hit France

“Face/Off” electrified three Asian markets, “Con Air” and “Conspiracy Theory” slugged it out in France, “Men in Black” pulled an additional $9.8 million overseas and the Italian B.O. started to awaken last weekend after its summer slumbers.

“The Lost World: Jurassic Park” rolled out in Spain on 251 prints and nabbed a terrif $2.1 million from 170 screens. Universal had incomplete figures because the London offices of its offshore distrib United Intl. Pictures were closed Monday. According to one estimate, the dino pic could have grossed as much as $2.8 million, which would have beaten the predecessor’s bow. “Lost World” bagged a splendid $4.1 million in the third round in Germany for $25.2 million to date.

“Anaconda” uncoiled in Brazil with $1.1 million on 189 screens, the second-highest Columbia TriStar debut there behind “Men in Black.” Adding strong starts in Israel and Hungary, plus a stellar $2 million in four weeks in India, the snake-charmer has devoured a tasty $46.6 million abroad; it seems headed for $60 million.

After corpsing in its first major market tryout in Spain, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” redeemed itself in Australia, spying a lively $813,000 on 127. Distrib Roadshow fanned awareness by bringing topliner Mike Myers Down Under. But Fox’s “Out to Sea” is headed for a watery grave in Oz, its first foreign market, after scraping up just $158,000 on 104.

‘Face’ pace picks up

John Woo’s “Face/Off” snared $1.1 million on 11 screens in the Taiwan capital Taipei, the third-best Buena Vista Intl. opening ever. The actioner set BVI records in Singapore with $775,000 on 33 and Malaysia at $526,000 on 50.

All told, the Nicolas Cage/John Travolta vehicle fetched $4 million over the weekend, elevating the cume in 11 markets to $15 million.

“Con Air” grossed $1.9 million in five days on 500 in France. Warner Bros. conceded that was slightly ahead of its “Conspiracy Theory,” but it inflated the Mel Gibson/Julia Roberts starrer’s figures by adding beach sneaks for a total of $2 million on 461. Neither could be described as a stand-out in a market affected last week by the Pope’s visit and glorious weather, and both trailed “Men in Black’s” $2.9 million in its third weekend on 545 for a stirring $18.3 million thus far. The sci-fi comedy vaulted to $132.3 million, highlighted by the U.K.’s $43.3 million.

In its first international engagement, “She’s so Lovely” took a mediocre $304,000 on 27 in Paris.

“Con Air” launched in Thailand with a mighty $851,000 on 118 (the third-highest debut in history) and gave audiences a reason to go to the cinemas in Italy, taking $536,000 on 96, and it will expand to 200 screens next weekend. Cume is $89.8 million.

Richard Donner’s “Conspiracy Theory” collected an OK $292,000 on 52 in Belgium and $99,000 on 17 in French-speaking Switzerland; cume is $8.5 million.

Silent ‘Scream’

After the June 21 launch of “Scream” in Japan was postponed due to the uproar sparked by the decapitation of an 11-year-old boy in Kobe, West Craven’s pic finally was unleashed last weekend. But Nippon auds either had been put off or were apathetic, as evidenced by the puny two-day take of $436,000 on 47. The foreign total is $41.6 million.

Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element” claimed the top spot in Sweden with a solid but not extraordinary $451,000 on 54; the cume topped $125 million.

“Speed 2: Cruise Control” had a $4.8 million weekend, registering good bows in Denmark and Portugal, and it steamed along to $67.1 million. “Volcano” wowed Colombia with $186,000 on 35 (Fox’s second-highest opening ever behind “Independence Day”) and its cume reached $23 million.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety