Brits love 'Liar'; 'Selena' tops Mexico

In a frame that had few gripping their seats with excitement, UIP’s “Liar Liar” was the standout with consistent wow bows, while stablemate “The Saint” made waves in Asia but slipped up in Germany.

“Liar Liar” (cume: $14.6 million) truthed its way to a sizzling top-spot bow in the U.K., where Wes Craven’s “Scream” put up a good fight in second spot. Mandalay’s “Donnie Brasco” trailed.

But “Liar” was pipped at the post in Mexico by a top-spot bow for WB’s “Selena,” which took $1.1 million from 161 prints (as well as $28,500 from 12 cinemas in Colombia), ahead of “Liar’s” still-good $873,606 from 105 sites.

The Jim Carrey starrer also culled an impressive $1.1 million from 138 Brazilian screens and $337,112 from 31 Malaysian copies.

In a blah frame in Germany, Fox’s “One Fine Day” (cume: $21.8 million) staged a top-spot bow (while also luring $217,308 from 48 Austrian screens and $171,951 from 24 Indonesian theaters), ahead of a surprisingly soft fifth-spot preem for UIP’s “The Saint” (cume: $14.6 million), which also was behind “One Fine Day” in Austria.

But the Val Kilmer pic sleuthed more impressive bows in South Korea, Singapore and Thailand with $986,364, $487,362 and $789,622 from 30, 26 and 46 theaters, respectively.

In Europe, UIP’s “Dante’s Peak” (cume: $85.7 million) erupted $321,371 from 41 Norway theaters, while Fox’s “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet” (cume: $74.9 million) romanced $186,153 from 30 Polish prints and $96,782 from 15 Portuguese prints.

Theaters began emptying in Italy, where exhibs started dumping old titles on screens; the only newcomer was a goodish turn by Stephen King’s “The Night Flyers.”

In France, where all eyes are on Cannes and awaiting Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element,” “Would I Lie to You” topped the week’s five local releases ahead of “Turbulence,” while the softening was evident for “Shine” and “101 Dalmatians.”

A remake of a 34-year-old classic, BVI’s “101 Dalmatians” is touting itself as the top-grossing movie of calendar 1997 thus far. Nearly $137 million of its $172.5 million cume has been earned this year, which is more than the three “Star Wars” reissues combined or “Dante’s Peak.”

“Donnie Brasco” bowed impressively in the top spot in a crowded field Down Under, streets ahead of fellow freshman “Turbulence.”

Local thriller “Blackrock” world preemed solidly, while “Marvin’s Room” took a good $122,948 from a limited 16-screen bow.

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