‘Lost World’ passes $500 mil worldwide

“The Lost World: Jurassic Park” charged past $500 million in worldwide B.O. receipts last weekend, while Polygram’s comedy “Bean” wowed Germany and Austria, and Fox’s laffer “The Full Monty” had a boisterous foreign preem in its native U.K.

John Woo’s “Face/Off” stormed into Australia with $1.8 million in four days on 250 screens — the third-highest preem ever for Buena Vista Intl. in that market behind “Ransom” and “Con Air.” Aussie exhibs said “Face/Off” is the only title taking serious money after one of the worst August trading months in recent years.

While the U.S. studios were closed for the Labor Day holiday, United Intl. Pictures reported “The Lost World’s” foreign cume surged to $274.6 million, propelling the global total over $500 million. Steven Spielberg’s juggernaut abated by 37% in Spain (where cinemas had to compete with the TV screening of a soccer match between Madrid’s two clubs) for $7.3 million in 10 days on 272. The seven-day tally of $5.4 million was an all-time record. The dino epic set a UIP opening weekend record in Slovenia, nabbing $179,000 on 11 screens.

More than 1.1 million Germans turned out for “Bean,” clocking a huge $6.8 million in four days on 682 for a per-screen average of $10,060. That was the fifth-biggest preem in history there, Polygram said, while the Austrian bow of $932,000 on 89 was the fourth-best ever. In Switzerland, the $481,000 debut on 46 was rated as excellent despite very hot weather. The Rowan Atkinson starrer’s cume is a juicy $61.1 million, highlighted by the U.K.’s $18.2 million in 24 days (off 23%), Australia’s $13.8 million, Spain’s $6.7 million and Holland’s $5.6 million.

“The Full Monty” disrobed in Blighty with $2.6 million in three days on 224, which was great but not enough to dislodge “Men in Black” from its perch. The sci-fi comedy fell by a reasonable 29%, scoring $2.8 million in its fifth weekend for a hot $49 million to date.

“Conspiracy Theory” bowed in fourth spot in the U.K. with a moderate $1.9 million on 340, while “Event Horizon,” in its only international appearance thus far, tumbled by 34%, tallying a fair $3.2 million in 10 days on 206. “Horizon” opens in Hong Kong and Brazil in the middle of this month.

UIP said “Liar Liar’s” cume hit $110.8 million and “The Saint” reached $50.2 million.

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