The Cannes festival proved to be a terrific launching pad for "The Fifth Element," which had a record-busting debut in France and impressive bows in Belgium and Switzerland.
The force is really with the French. In its first foreign territory, the "Star Wars" reissue blasted off in France Wednesday with socko results.
Madonna starrer "Evita" had a lyrical weekend, chirping $829,914 from 92 Japanese theaters, $238,306 from 28 cinemas in the Philippines, and $91,795 from six Israeli sites.
Following Argentine and Hollywood biopics of Eva Peron, next up is a Japanese docudrama, now shooting here.
Fewer Japanese bought movie tickets in 1996 than any year in the postwar period, the Japan Motion Picture Assn. said Monday.
January is supposed to be one month when the U.S. majors fire a lot of heavy artillery in overseas territories, but the guns have been mostly silent this time.
British cinema admissions rose 8% in 1996 to 123.5 million, according to figures published by the Cinema Advertising Assn.
Indie films, currently scoring in critics' circles, are riding high in the foreign marketplace as well.
The beginnings of economic renewal and a host of new multiplex screens spelled good news at the Mexican box office last year, with Motion Picture Assn. members' rentals up 17% in dollar terms over…
Spurred on by a rash of multiplex openings, French box office results for 1996 rose 4% to 135 million admissions and exhibs are now confidently predicting that the watershed 150 million mark will be…
The good news about the weekend's foreign B.O. is that business continues to thrive with a broad mix of healthy titles led by "Ransom," "Daylight," "Evita" and "Sleepers." The bad news is the debuts…