There were some high-profile winners -- and losers -- at the foreign B.O. last week as audiences again showed their predilection to overturn notions of universal popularity.
There's no doubt about it: Underneath that heavy tweed skirt, "Mrs. Doubtfire's" got fat legs, racking up $ 139.6 million in international dates.
Right on cue, "Schindler's List,""The Piano" and "Philadelphia" enjoyed an uplift at the foreign B.O. after their Oscar victories.
There's's no surefire epic like "Jurassic Park" to light up cinemas around the world this summer, but overseas distribs and exhibs are still bullish about the range and diversity of the offerings…
Biz in the theatrical sector rose sharply over the past year in Argentina, spearheaded by "Jurassic Park," which culled close to $ 4,600,000 at local wickets.
The unstoppable "Mrs. Doubtfire" broke through the $ 100 million barrier overseas last week, powered by outstanding holdover business and big bows in a handful of small markets.
Oscar contenders "Schindler's List" and "In the Name of the Father" posted healthy openings in Europe last weekend.
A combination of the Chinese New Year holidays, school vacations in Europe and hot new product sent the foreign box office skywards.
In trying times, audiences need a laugh, and they're getting plenty from "Mrs. Doubtfire,""Wayne's World 2" and several other comedies.
Exhibs who had been griping about the undernourished start to 1994 dined out lavishly last week as "Mrs. Doubtfire" electrified the U.K., Germany and Austria ,"Little Buddha" shone in Spain, and the…