'Space Jam' a Euro hit; 'Daylight' rolling on

It was another charmed weekend for Cinergi’s “Evita” (cume: $62.8 million), which chirped into the top spot Down Under with $1.1 million from 117 prints, ahead of a fine preem for Wes Craven’s “Scream,” which scarred $684,057 from 89 prints.

The Madonna starrer also lured $250,000 from 75 Mexican screens in its first Latin American bow, while dipping 28% in its third lap in Japan, where its local cume is $15.6 million

Also in Oz, BVI’s “Metro” dipped 37% in its second lap after an excellent foreign preem, a good hold given the freshmen competish and an impressive 109% jump for “Shine” (local cume: $6.2 million), which also posted jumps of 46%, 31% and 14% in Spain, Switzerland and Belgium, respectively.

In the U.K., “Fierce Creatures” (three-territory cume: $5.1 million) had a wow bow, snaring $1.9 million from 328 screens, while stealing $113,123 from 22 prints in New Zealand, which edged Total/Essential Films’ sophomore Aussie hit romantic comedy “Dating the Enemy” (two-market cume: $2.5 million) out of top spot in its third lap.

“William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet” (cume: $24.3 million) staged Fox’s third-largest bow ever in New Zealand, romancing $216,123 from 30 prints, while luring $158,006 from 24 Colombian theaters and $168,356 from 45 screens in South Africa, where Turner’s “Michael” spirited $153,777 from 45 screens.

“Fierce’ frosh

“Fierce Creatures” was the best performing freshman in the U.K., ahead of a good showing by “In Love and War,” ($546,000 from 162) Fox’s “She’s the One” (tepid with $370,010 from 86; cume: $5.1 million) and UIP’s “Harriet the Spy” ($320,221 from 165 copies).

“Harriet The Spy” (six-market cume: $1.5 million) staged a slew of other slow bows, including $23,858 from 12 Belgian sites, $18,094 from 12 Austrian screens and $131,187 from 99 houses in Germany, where the world preem of Billie August’s Nordic thriller “Smila’s Sense of Snow” sleuthed $1.9 million from 241 screens.

The Mel Gibson-starrer “Ransom” (cume: $131.3 million) raked in $10 million over the weekend, including a top-spot Japan bow of $2.5 million from 169 theaters, a Nippon record for BVI, where UIP’s “The Frighteners” (14-territory cume: $9.1 million) didn’t scare or amuse many, taking a tepid $287,144 from 90 screens, while luring $143,237 from 32 Thailand theaters.

“Daylight” stays bright

While a domestic disappointment, “Daylight” continues to dazzle foreign auds with a cume of $109.3 million. Pic blasted $1.1 million from 81 screens in the Philippines, after posting the second-biggest opening-day figure there behind Fox’s “Independence Day,” while “101 Dalmatians” (cume: $71 million) yelped $494,000 from 48 screens in the Philippines and $388,000 from 67 prints in Norway.

Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam” (cume: $65 million) pumped an impressive $9.5 million over the weekend in Europe staging WB’s biggest bow ever in Holland, nabbing $744,114 from 79 screens, and outstanding holds in its second lap. Pic is top-ranked in more than 10 markets, while in France it is just behind local comedy “Didier” but ahead of Woody Allen’s freshman, “Everyone Says I Love You” (cume: $2.5 million) which charmed $1.6 million from 250 prints.

Also in France, UIP’s “Ghost and the Darkness” (29-territory cume: $19.9 million) spooked $1.1 million from 255 houses, while scaring $854,693 from 147 Spanish screens, $63,216 from 12 Danish cinemas, $74,693 from 12 Norwegian theaters, $127,716 from 23 Portuguese prints and $73,363 from 25 Swedish sites.

CTSI’s “Jerry Maguire” (cume: $7.1 million) scored $838,325 from 128 screens in its Brazil bow, while stablemate “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (cume: $21 million) took $64,000 from 15 Colombian screens and $58,816 from 20 prints in Holland.

Belgium beaming

UIP’s “Star Trek: First Contact” (14-territory cume: $42.6 million) beamed $390,457 from 81 Italian prints and $169,820 from 15 theaters in Belgium, the biggest weekend bow for a “Star Trek” movie in that market.

“Independence Day’s” cume bloated to $484.8 million, buoyed by a staggering $81.5 million from 11 laps in Japan

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