Futuristic and prehistoric adventures provided the few thrills in an often-wilting foreign frame at the B.O.
"The Lost World: Jurassic Park" was heading for a monster foreign preem in Australia last week, while "The Fifth Element" consoled exhibs in a bunch of other markets who complained about the dual…
Thank heavens and Gaumont for "The Fifth Element." Luc Besson's epic almost single-handedly rescued cinemas from otherwise tedious trading in a raft of overseas markets over the weekend.
"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.
The force is really with the French. In its first foreign territory, the "Star Wars" reissue blasted off in France Wednesday with socko results.
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.
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.