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France Boff; ‘Wolves,’ ‘Lambs’ Friendly

Cinema biz in that notoriously difficult and most fickle of markets, France, surged last week, bolstered by the spring school vacation, but the largesse was confined to several hotsy titles.

Ticket sales in Paris leaped nearly 30% to 738,000, but the spoils certainly didn’t extend to newcomers “Edward Scissorhands,” which drew 19,567 customers at 18 screens, or to “Arachnophobia” which had 53,210 visitors at 34. One French distrib says the territory is so fragile it cannot sustain more than three or four clicks at a time.

No worries, though, for “Dances With Wolves,” whose cumulative gross in France levitated to $28.4 million, helping propel the international haul to $125.8 million. Opus is powering along at about $15 million per week, and take last week in some territories actually improved by 10% to 15%.

Also impressive in France was local entry “Delicatessen,” black comedy from debut helmers Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet about a butcher-landlord who kills his tenants and sells them. It may not sound a real hoot, but is getting strong word-of-mouth.

Edward Scissorhands” fared little better in Madrid, making a meager $30,359 bow on seven screens.

Endurance of ‘Lambs’

But “The Silence Of The Lambs” is showing great staying power in Europe, portending a lengthy and profitable future. Here’s a paradox: “The Doors” is a sensation in Oslo, but a fizzer in Stockholm. A more discernible pattern should emerge as Oliver Stone’s pic rolls out this week in France, Germany and London.

It was blahsville in Tokyo as “Look Who’s Talking Too” bombed, and Jackie Chan’s latest and costliest ($11 million) actioner, “Project Eagle,” despite his sparkling track record, has been a major letdown for Golden Harvest. In Europe, “Talking Too” has taken a decent $43 million.

The usually reliable Australian b.o. service could not cope with a public holiday last week, so figures were not available at presstime. However, Warner/Roadshow reported “The Bonfire Of The Vanities” had a respectable $210,300 preem on 18 screens. De Palma’s pic also is strong in Spain and sturdy on limited release in Italy ($120,000 in the second weekend on 16 screens).

Some majors decided last month to postpone new releases in Yugoslavia after the crisis-ridden government blocked hard currency remittances. UIP put “The Godfather, Part III” on ice and 20th Century Fox held back “Home Alone.”

But Columbia Tri-Star and the WB/Disney/Touchstone stable kept their product pipelines open (most recently releasing “Green Card”), partly to help avert the piracy problem.

There were reports last week that the government had removed the currency block, albeit after a 30% devaluation, so that should cue a resumption of normal business.

Amersterdam

For week ended April 18; $1=1.94 guilder.

The Silence Of The Lambs” (Orion/Col). Impressive $56,907 opening in two cages.

Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Meteor). Unscathed $47,670 from two prairies in 10th grazing.

“The Godfather Part III” (Par/UIP). Potent $30,109 from two in fourth conclave.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” (Fox/HFR). Tedious $16,515 from one bed in fourth marriage.

“Awakenings” (Col). Lukewarm $16,261 from two wards in sixth medication.

“An Angel At My Table” (Cinemien). Leggy $11,166 from two art houses in ninth reading.

“Misery” (Col/Concorde). Poor $8,517 from one cabin in third nursing.

“The Grifters” (Miramax/MPG). Disappointing $7,861 from first trick in one hotel.

“Halfaouine” (Argus). Steamy $7,061 from one casbah in sixth unveiling.

“Three Men And A Little Lady” (Touchstone/WB). Small $7,051 from one household in fifth turn.

Germany

For week ended April 17; $1=1.68DM.

“Not Without My Daughter” (MGM/Senator). Excellent $2,548,752 in first frame on 207 screens.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Neue Constantin). Leggy $2,136,774 in eighth week at 243 teepees. Cumulative total $13,616,187.

“The Silence Of The Lambs” (Orion/Col/Tri-Star). Promising 205-print bow fetched $1,405,328.

“Look Who’s Talking Too” (Tri-Star/Col). Faded to $1,359,914 in third frolic at 564 sites. Cume $8,563,530.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” (Fox). Waned to $764,190 in sixth slumber at 286 bedrooms. Cume $8,707,297.

“Green Card” (Touchstone/WB). Slack $697,627 in sixth caper at 155 outlets. Cume $6,926,723.

“Homo Faber” (Voyager Faber). Eased to $377,755 in fourth journey at 64 units. Cume $1,821,064.

“Three Men And A Little Lady” (Touchstone/WB). Disappointing $261,951 in fifth play at 239 spots. Cume $3,752,705.

“The Russia House” (MGM/Senator). Slumped to $184,948 in fifth lap at 107 places. Cume $1,975,292.

“Scenes From A Mall” (Touchstone/WB). Modest 34-print bow pulled $156,774.

Helsinki

For week ended April 25; $1=4Fm.

The Silence Of The Lambs” (Orion/Finnkino). Scary dealings with $44,115 on two in fifth. Cume $249,862.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Finnkino). Danced on with solid $30,870 on one in 10th. Cume $345,541.

“The Godfather Part III” (Par/UIP). Shot it out with $22,104 on one in sixth. Cume $251,892.

“The Bonfire Of The Vanities” (WB). Debuted with $21,935 on two.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” (Fox/Finnkino). Suspenseful $19,283 on two in sixth. Cume $254,742.

“Green Card” (Touchstone/WB). Marriage waned with $15,124 on one in fifth. Cume $137,311.

“The Grifters” (Miramax/Finnkino). Fine with $11,211 on one in second. Cume $23,229.

“Look Who’sTalkingToo” (Tri-Star/Col/Finnkino). Slow childcare with $11,010 on one in fourth. Cume $102,347.

“Alice” (Orion/Finnkino). Not much to laugh about with $10,869 on one in third. Cume $41,464.

“Awakenings” (Col/Tri-Star/Finnkino). Awakens to $10,293 on one in eight. Cume $216,970.

Italy

For week ended April 21; $1=1,250 lire.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Life). Majestic $1,342,125 in ninth stampede at 115. Cumulative total $14,456,179.

“Look Who’s Talking Too” (Tri-Star/Col). Loquacious $916,409 in fourth chat at 99. Cume $5,893,482.

“Awakenings” (Col). Lively $631,299 in seventh dance at 67. Cume $4,522,204.

“The Factotum” (Titanus). Bribed $562,378 in third meeting at 44. Cume $1,082,620.

“Hamlet” (WB/Penta). Eloquent$387,552 in fifth soliloquy at 40. Cume $1,224,824.

“Kindergarten Cop” (Universal/UIP). Cute $351,526 in fourth lesson at 43 classrooms. Cume $1,627,980.

“Cyrano de Bergerac” (WB Italia). $347,264 in sixth recital at 41. Cume $1,695,212.

“Misery” (Col/Penta). Grew to $329,496 in third attempt at 35. Cume $1,337,005.

“The Silence Of The Lambs” (Orion/CDI). Held steady with $304,444 in ninth investigation at 41. Cume $1,667,849.

“Life Of Brian” (WB/Titanus). Nice $243,358 in sixth march at 31. Cume $731,768.

London

For week ended April 25; £ 1=$1.70.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” (Fox). Fanned out to seven screens in second turn for terrific $398,118. Cumulative total $669,318.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Guild). Eleventh at six wrapped sockeroo $170,281. Cume $2,764,648.

“Highlander II” (Entertainment). Trim $163,125 second at five. Cume $456,713.

“Green Card” (Touchstone/WB). Fast $97,791 eighth at 10 houses. Cume $1,889,234.

“Awakenings” (Col/Tri-Star). Good $83,596 sixth at six. Cume $802,878.

“The Bonfire Of The Vanities” (WB). Shallow $74,433 second at seven. Cume $178,675.

“Life Is Sweet” (Palace). Fifth at two tallied tidy $68,660. Cume $426,710.

“Hamlet” (WB/Guild). Lost several performances due to power cut but still scored smart $55,814 in solo preem.

“The Godfather Part III” (Par/UIP). Oke $52,510 seventh at three. Cume $1,230,834.

“Auntie Danielle” (Palace). Excellent $45,023 third at three for arty import. Cume $147,819.

H2>Madrid

For week ended April 21; $1=103 pesetas.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Iberoamericana/UIP). Boffo $178,352 at 10 posts in seventh week. Cume total $1,078,846.

“The Bonfire Of The Vanities” (WB). Steaming $121,087 at six hardtops for second week. Cume $227,980.

“Amantes” (Col). Loving $86,822 at five trysts in second week. Cume $154,632.

“Green Card” (Touchstone/WB). Good $82,106 at six locations for third fling. Cume $290,034.

“Como Ser Mujer Y No Morir En El Intento” (Iberoamericana/UIP). Encouraging $73,313 at five in third. Cume $273,187.

“Kindergarten Cop” (Universal/UIP). Okay $52,179 at five schools in fifth raid. Cume $656,744.

“Awakenings” (Col). Fair $45,064 at four clinics in sixth week. Cume $553,216.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” (Fox./M. Salvador). Sleepy $43,246 in sixth siesta. Cume $562,757.

“The Godfather Part III” (Par/UIP). Leaden $40,031 at seven houses, eighth week. Cume (seven weeks) $680,604.

“Reversal Of Fortune” (WB/Lauren). Steady $36,059 trial. Cume $177,679.

Oslo

For week ended April 24;$1=6.8NK.

“The Doors” (Carloco/SF). Sang loud first week of $61,407 in one. Cume total $65,122.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Egmont/Europa). Strong with $54,525 on one in 10th. Cume $772,134.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” (Fox/KF). Fair suspense with $24,187 on two in seventh. Cume $459,762.

“The Rookie” (WB). Fair action with entry of $21,091 on one. Cume $26,282.

“Three Men And A Little Lady” (Touchstone/WB). Fair family gathering with $18,216 on two in fifth. Cume $139,850.

“Awakenings” (Col/Tri-Star/SF). Sentimental drama doing fair with $18,214 on one in fifth. Cume $179,320.

“The Silence Of The Lambs” (Orion/KF). Scary $17,806 on two in sixth. Cume $201,952.

“Misery” (Col/Egmont/Europa). No solitude with $14,203 on one in fifth. Cume $104,321.

“Mermaids” (Orion/KF). Swam along with $13,258 on two in second. Cume $85,215.

“Alice” (Orion/KF). No disappearing act with $12,181 on one in fifth. Cume $95,582.

Paris

For week ended April 23; $1=5.7 FF.

“The Silence Of The Lambs” (Orion/Col). Stronger in second stab with $586,800 from 110,717 killers on 39.

“Cinderella” (Disney/WB) (reissue). Magical $412,636 at first ball for 77,856 sisters at 34 castles.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/AMLF). New energy in ninth tango for $348,178 from 65,694 at reduced 24.

“Pour Sacha” (UGC). Sprightly $321,402 second session at 32 from 60,642 warriors.

“Arachnophobia” (Hollywood Pictures/WB). Snared $282,013 in opener on 34 webs from 53,210 predators.

“Les Secrets Professionnels Du Dr. Apfelgluck” (AMLF). Useful $275,509 first consulation for 51,983 quacks in 29 surgeries.

“Look Who’s Talking Too” (Tri-Star/Col). Louder third bawl with $268,513 in 41 homes from 50,663.

“Madame Bovary” (MK2). Charmed $266,372 in third from 50,259 at 26.

“Delicatessen” (UGC). Monster debut murder notched $244,446 from 46,122 butchers at 11 shops.

“L’Annee De L’Eveil” (Bac Films). Bowed with $122,392 on 11 from 23,093.

stockholm

For week ended April 25; $1=6.2SEK.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Egmont/Planborg). Outstanding dance routine with howling $88,064 on three in 10th. Cume $1,087,258.

“The Silence OfThe Lambs” (Orion/SF). Chilling $88,064 on two in fifth. Cume $510,483.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” (Fox/SF). No more scares with $30,645 on three in eight. Cume $475,322.

“The Godfather Part III” (UIP). No action for mobsters with $21,612 on one in sixth. Cume $408,870.

“The Doors” (Carolco/Tri-Star). No music with $20,161 on one in second. Cume $51,774.

“Green Card” (Touchstone/WB). Fair romance with $17,741 on three in 11th. Cume $682,903.

“The Bonfire Of The Vanities” (WB). Stale satire with $17,580 on three in third. Cume $80,967.

“Awakenings” (Col/Tri-Star). Okay drama business with $17,419 on one in seventh. Cume $240,645.

“Home Alone” (Fox/SF). Reentry an okay $17,258 on two in 19th. Cume $977,096.

“Alice” (Orion/SF). No laughs for Woody with $15,322 on one in fourth. Cume $92,258.

Tokyo

For week ended April 18; $1=139 yen.

“Awakenings” (Col/Tri-Star). Sane $376,554 in second week at four hospices. Cumulative total $808,954.

“The Godfather Part III” (Par/UIP). Down to $327,973 in sixth sesh at seven screens. Cume $3,446,447.

“The Sheltering Sky” (Shochiku-Fuji). Gimme shelter with $239,181 in third week at four spots. Cume $879,047.

‘Tengawadensetsu Satsujinjiken” (Toei). Go ahead, say it real fast. Japanese-language mystery-thriller displayed $188,140 in fifth round at six sites. Cume $1,281,514.

“Pretty Woman” (Touchstone/WB). Still strong with $164,799 in 19th week at three locales. Cume $10,132,172.

“Look Who’s Talking Too” (Col/Tri-Star). Nattering to $143,876 in opener at four screens.

“Gundam F91” (Shochiku). Latest in Japanese-language animated series yields $143,191 in fifth week at five spots. Cume $776,423.

“Havana” (Universal/UIP). No cigar with $141,952 in fourth week at five theaters. Cume $873,817.

“Jacob’s Ladder” (Carolco/Toho-Towa). Up a notch in second round at four sites with $130,206. Cume $247,747.

“Project Eagle” (Golden Communications/Toho-Towa). Jackie Chan’s latest slowed to $99,819 in sixth week at four spots. Cume $991,265.

Zurich

For week ended April 11; $1=1.42 SF.

“Not Without My Daughter” (MGM/Rialto-Film Zurich). Sensational opening week with whammo $83,878 from two hardtops.

“Dances With Wolves” (Orion/Monopole Pathe Films Zurich). Seventh at one brought fantastic $72,378. Cumulative total $426,126.

“Sleeping With The Enemy” (Fox). Lusty $55,741 in fourth sailing at three houses. Cume $207,352.

“Green Card” (Touchstone/WB). Marital bliss continued in sixth round at one marriage bureau with $50,915. Cume $391,021.

“Awakenings” (Col/Fox). Healthy $30,014 in fourth checkup at two clinics. Cume $131,098.

“La Mari de la Coiffeuse” (Sadfi-Films Geneva). Opened with luminous $28,988 at one parlor.

“Cyrano de Bergerac” (Orion Classics/Sadfi). Lost ground, but still dashing with $23,625 in 11th at one. Cume $414,435.

“Look Who’s Talking Too” (Tri-Star/Fox). Soft $19,892 in third at two. Cume $76,945.

“The Russia House” (MGM/Rialto). Slipped to $17,154 in fourth at two. Cume $104,759.

“Alice” (Orion/Monopole Pathe). Sixth marriage-go-round at one home brought agreeable $15,519. Cume $125,019.

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