Usual B.O. suspects

'World,' 'Monty,' et al, keep o'seas afloat

Those old faithfuls “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “The Full Monty,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Air Force One” kept pay windows busy at cinemas overseas last weekend, while several new entries conspicuously underperformed.

DreamWorks’ “The Peacemaker” didn’t catch fire in its U.K. debut, although its figures were brighter in Spain. Day-and-date with its soft landing in the U.S., Danny Boyle’s followup to “Trainspotting,” “A Life Less Ordinary,” unspooled in the U.K. with an uninspiring $1.2 million on 225 screens.

A clean-shaven Demi Moore in “G.I. Jane” failed to arouse audiences or critics in Australia, as the Buena Vista Intl. pickup collared $413,000 on 105. However, Ridley Scott’s gritty pic has all guns firing in South Korea, notching $2.7 million in nine days, and in Italy with $4.4 million through the fourth lap; nine-territory cume is $9.7 million.

“Lost World” devoured a smash $9.1 million in five days on 598 in France, 11% below the predecessor’s debut, and that market’s second-highest preem this year behind “The Fifth Element.” Steven Spielberg’s epic fetched $1.4 million in five days on 79 in Belgium (the third-biggest bow in history after “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day”).

Despite torrential rains and flooding in Greece, the dino-pic waded in with an excellent $275,000 in three days on 27. All told, Universal/UIP’s behemoth minted $12.1 million abroad over the weekend, hiking the cume to $347.3 million.

Highest-grossing Brit film

Fox phenom “The Full Monty” reigned in the U.K. for the ninth consecutive weekend and, with $46.3 million in the till, now stands as the highest-grossing British film in history (beating “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and that territory’s fourth-highest release ever.

Peter Cattaneo’s comedy entered France with a hearty $1.3 million on 113 and has a sparkling $4.1 million after 11 days in Australia (off just 3%) and $2.1 million after the third round in Spain (up 35%). Cume is $55.7 million from seven markets and headed for $100 million.

‘Hercules’ still strong

“The Peacemaker” entered the U.K. at No. 3 behind “Monty” and “Hercules,” with $1.8 million in three days on 342. There was a more enthusiastic response to the George Clooney/Nicole Kidman starrer in Spain, resulting in a three-day tally of $1.1 million on 184. Adding in Israel’s solid $623,000 in 12 days, its three-market score is $3.5 million.

“Hercules” ($50.2 million cume) eased by 16%, amassing $8 million after the third frame in the U.K., where it’s tracking ahead of “Pocahontas” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

“Air Force One” took off in Germany with $4 million on 727 (a record entry for a Harrison Ford vehicle) and Sweden at $565,000 on 80, No. 1 in both markets. The actioner minted $7.5 million at the weekend on 1,751 screens, pushing the cume to $66.5 million.

P.J. Hogan’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding” partied on to $66.7 million after pocketing an additional $6.2 million on 1,688 screens from holdovers and neat openings in Thailand, Israel and Bulgaria. The top earners are the U.K.’s $11.4 million, Australia’s $9.5 million, France’s $9.1 million, Japan’s so-so $5 million and Spain’s lusty $3.9 million through the second weekend, off 17%.

“Con Air” flew into Japan, its last major market, with a sturdy $2.1 million in two days on 181, and its cume reached $110.3 million. Stablemate “Face/Off” added $3.5 million to its coffers from 1,490 screens for a total of $88.5 million.

Richard Donner’s “Conspiracy Theory” ($41 million cume) launched in Italy with a good $952,000 on 113, ranked second behind Italo comedy “Fireworks,” which bagged a socko $7.9 million in its second weekend on 630, for a cume of $22.4 million. Remarkably, that’s just more than half of the record-breaking B.O. of helmer-actor Leonardo Pieraccioni’s previous laugher “The Cyclone.”

“Men in Black” collected $2.4 million and its cume ascended to $270 million, and Polygram’s “Bean” took in $1.4 million on 1,195 screens as its total topped $120 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