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…
A general sense of drift continued at cinemas across much of Europe and Asia last week, leavened by the star power of Richard Gere in France and Sylvester Stallone in Spain and Italy.
In its first 22 days, 20th Century Fox's "Home Alone" has brought in 785.3 million rubles ($ 636,134) at the box office in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
"Striking Distance" charged into French and Australian waters at full throttle last week while "Addams Family Values" was good value in Germany and Italy.
Final figures are not tabulated yet but are likely to show that the U.S. majors collectively reaped more theatrical revenues overseas in 1993 than at home.
Exhibs in most foreign territories were finishing 1993 on a winning note as vacationing audiences feasted on the chiefly American confections of fantasy and comedy -- with a dash of drama.
Robin Williams just about rules the Yule around the world. With Europe already ablaze from "Aladdin's" lamp, the energetic genie conjured up magic in other parts of the world as well.