"The Fifth Element" continued on a tear last week, but some of the other films launched at Cannes had underwhelming debuts, while the European B.O. generally was flattened by brilliant summer weather.
A combination of baking hot weather in Europe and a dearth of new releases cooled B.O. receipts overseas last weekend, partially offset by several boffo bows by "The Fifth Element," "Volcano's" fiery…
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.
Domestic Film DAILY
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
No Good Deed
No Good Deed1Daily:$1.0M Cumulative:$29.9M Sony / Screen Gems -11.16%
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy2Daily:$557,622 Cumulative:$308.5M Disney -4.92%
Dolphin Tale 2
Dolphin Tale 23Daily:$459,663 Cumulative:$18.1M Warner Brothers -9.19%
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.
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…