Highlighting another generally buoyant frame overseas, “Eyes Wide Shut,” “The Blair Witch Project” and “Runaway Bride” had rousing foreign preems last week, while “Wild Wild West” corralled $16.2 million from initial rides in 13 markets plus holdovers.
The “Austin Powers” sequel’s flower power wowed the U.K., and the “Star Wars” prequel kept pod pay windows busy, but biz was subdued by sizzling weather in Germany, France and Spain.
Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” wooed $4.3 million in five days at 253 mansions in Japan after posting Warner Bros.’ third-best opening weekend there in the past 10 years. Distrib was projecting a seven-day total of $5.3 million. Audiences overseas are seeing the film as the late Kubrick intended, without the digital tampering that enraged U.S. critics.
‘Menace’ and ‘Monsters’
“Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” soared to $53 million in its fourth orbit around 404 galaxies in Japan, and one rival distrib in Tokyo forecasts the sci-fier will wind up with a hefty $60 million in rentals.
Pic flew to $193.7 million after scoring $21 million on 2,475 screens in 25 countries and is destined to blast past $200 million by Aug. 9. “Menace” smashed the house record at its Moscow showcase, snaring $217,000 in its first week, and expanded to 34 prints over the weekend.
“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” shook $11.3 million in six days from 442 in the U.K. (plus $3 million from the prior weekend’s previews) and raked in a solid but not extraordinary $486,000 on 20 in Hong Kong. Cume topped $34 million from just 10 markets.
Considering the summer slumbers in France, “The Blair Witch Project” nabbed a potent $845,000 on just 145 prints, primed by a highly effective trailer. The micro-budget horror item is slated for the fall in most markets.
Launched in Hong Kong, “Runaway Bride” ran away with $120,000 from 32 theaters. Pic initials later this month in Australia, Korea, Singapore and New Zealand, and in Europe in the fall.
“Wild Wild West’s” cume galloped to $23.7 million in 23 territories, spurred by Germany’s $5.7 million on a massive 788 prints, Taiwan’s $1.5 million in five days on 56, Mexico’s $1.3 million in six days on 400 and the Philippines’ $574,000 on 58.
Debuts in Austria, Denmark, Israel, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Singapore, Malaysia and Venezuela ponied up a combined $3.5 million. Generally, pic opened in pole position, but was relegated to No. 2 in Belgium by “The Mummy’s” $1.8 million in two weeks (falling by 30%), and in Mexico, where “Tarzan” has minted a hot $10.3 million in 23 days.
“The Mummy” uncovered $14.1 million in 21 territories as cume zoomed to $179 million. “Tarzan” harvested $6 million (cume: $40.8 million), dipping 36% for a nifty $9.4 million pyramid after two weeks in France.
“Forces of Nature” had an uninspiring bow in France, in line with its results in most of Europe and Latin America. Cume is $32.1 million.
‘Hill’ crests century mark
“Notting Hill” became the eighth pic released this year to pass $100 million overseas, climbing to about $104 million after fetching an estimated $7 million from holdovers and dashing debuts in Brazil ($1.1 million in five days on 170), Thailand, Chile and Iceland.