‘SCREAM’ TOPS O’SEAS B.O.

In a less-than-frantic weekend at the foreign box office, Wes Craven’s “Scream” put up a good fight against UIP’s “Liar Liar” over a long weekend in the U.K., taking $1.7 million from 215 theaters against the Jim Carrey starrer’s $3.0 million from 350, leaving Mandalay’s “Donnie Brasco” behind on an estimated $1.1 million.

“Donnie Brasco” bowed top spot in a crowded field Down Under, nabbing $825,372 from 107 prints, streets ahead of fellow freshman “Turbulence,” which crashed $352,548 from 74 copies.

‘Blackrock’ solid in Oz

Also in Oz, local thriller “Blackrock,” “Lorenzo’s Oil” co-scribe Nick Enright’s semi-fictional portrait of the aftermath in a small community of a young girl’s rape and murder, world preemed with $222,311 from 77 theaters, ahead of “Marvin’s Room” ($89,254 from 16 screens) and “The Ghosts of Mississippi” ($26,845 from 19 prints).

But “Liar Liar” was piped at the post in Mexico by a top-spot bow for WB’s “Selena,” which took $797,580 from 161 prints.

‘Jedi’ returns strongly

Fox’s reissue of “Return of the Jedi” posted good (but not quite as spectacular as the earlier reissues in the “Star Wars” trilogy) openings in a dozen territories, including Sweden ($238,844 from 60 screens), Denmark ($120,336 from 31 prints), Belgium ($190,455 from 53 sites), South Africa ($88,103 from 46 houses) and Colombia ($134,528 from 27 theaters).

The reissue’s cume is $19.7 million on top of the original tally of $124 million.

“The Empire Strikes Back” added $1.2 million over the weekend, including $95,536 from an 11-screen bow in Taiwan, bringing the reissue cume to $41.5 million to add to the original outing’s total of $192.1 million, while “Star Wars” added $511,547 over the weekend to push the reissue cume to $95.5 million, nearly half the original total of $198.6 million.

‘Double Team’ bows big

Jean Claude Van Damme starrer “Double Team” gave CTSI its biggest bow ever in Singapore, thrashing $460,635 from 30 screens, while stablemate “Maximum Risk” (cume: $29.5 million) took an OK $472,000 from 127 Spanish screens and $52,786 from 13 Swiss screens.

Fox’s “One Fine Day” (cume: $21 million) lured $1.2 million from 352 German prints, $174,081 from 48 Austrian screens, $147,307 from 24 Indonesian theaters and $10,832 from 19 German lingo Swiss screens, while stablemate “Romeo and Juliet” (cume: $70.2 million) romanced $66,371 from 15 Portuguese prints.

In Indonesia, CTSI’s “The Devil’s Own” (cume: $72 million) garnered a good $234,000 from 34 prints, while WB’s “Mars Attacks” invaded $12,230 from four screens in Uruguay.

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