“Indecent Proposal” has broken through $ 100 million gross overseas, while the arrival of “Jurassic Park,””Cliffhanger” and “Made in America” set tills ringing in a bunch of foreign markets last week.
After stumbling Stateside, “Hot Shots! Part Deux” hit the ground running in Japan, South Korea and Australia.
In the miss column, “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” bombed in Japan, puzzling Buena Vista Intl. exex who were fairly bullish after its predecessor’s solid results in that market.
And “Super Mario Bros.” followed its U.S. pattern with a sluggish start in France, despite a three-day ticket discounting promotion that saw admissions in Paris in the week to June 29 soar by 117% to just over 1 million.
Through July 4, “Indecent Proposal” had topped $ 104 million — decisively ahead of its domestic total. There’s plenty of mileage left in Adrian Lyne’s meller, which hasn’t opened yet in eight or nine markets, including Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Greece.
Spanish audiences are hot for the Demi Moore/Robert Redford/Woody Harrelson romantic tangle, punching up a 10-day gross of $ 2.7 million on 100 screens.
Dino-mania rages in Latin America as “Jurassic Park” winged to $ 3.5 million through 10 days on 141 prints in Brazil in its first foreign engagement. Steven Spielberg’s opus collared $ 423,000 in four days on 14 screens in Argentina, $ 166,000 in three days on 37 in Colombia and $ 32,800 in three days on five in Uruguay.
“Made in America” is shaping as a click in Europe, scoring $ 2.2 million on 295 prints in Germany and $ 1.8 million on 254 in France last week. The Austrian and Belgian preems were similarly impressive. German receipts in the week through June 30 shot up by 25% to $ 8 million, due as much to lousy weather as attractive product. In France, “Made in America” was the biggest beneficiary of the Fete du Cinema, which gave patrons the chance to buy their first ticket at full price, then pay just 10 francs ($ 1.75) for any other film during the event’s three days.
“Cliffhanger” began with a bang in Britain, Holland, Taiwan, Mexico and Indonesia.
WB threw “Innocent Blood” against “Cliffhanger” in the U.K. and predictably got a bloody nose. “Cliffhanger” distrib Guild is sticking to its projected T10 million ($ 15 million) ultimate gross for Renny Harlin’s actioner.
Harlin’s pic pulled $ 1 million in the opening weekend on 104 screens in Mexico and $ 1.27 million in the first week on eight in Taiwan.
Fox Intl.’s new campaign for “Hot Shots! Part Deux” is paying dividends as the film took $ 2.1 million through five days at 146 theaters in Japan and $ 221 ,000 in ditto on six screens in Korea.
Jim Abrahams’ comedy also bagged a fine $ 950,000 in seven days on 113 prints in Australia. In buoyant trading Down Under in the week ending June 30, “Dennis the Menace” checked in with a perky $ 6,807 average on 93, while “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” averaged $ 10,760 on 47.