B.O. ‘Resurrection’

Gallic bow boffo; other o'seas biz giddy

Overseas exhibs’ ebullient mood last week was typified in France, where business has been boffo for three consecutive weeks; ticket sales in Paris topped 1 million in each frame — the most lucrative period of the year to date.

One Gallic tradester forecast that nationwide admissions this year will surpass 150 million, easily beating last year’s 145 million.

The fall B.O. buoyancy was reflected far and wide, driven by “Alien Resurrection’s” potent world preem in France, generally explosive debuts by “The Peacemaker” and resilient holdovers “The Full Monty” and “Face/Off.”

Fox launched Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Alien Resurrection” in the helmer’s native France last Wednesday, selling 190,000 tickets on 507 screens for a first-day haul of $1.1 million, and accounting for 41% of the entire Paris receipts. One booker forecast the pic will clock 1 million admissions in five days, which would translate to a gross of some $5.7 million.

During the week ending Nov. 11 in France, biz was stimulated by the lively entry of “The Game” and by “Bean’s” $13 million after its soph sesh, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park’s” $24.4 million in three weeks, local comedy “Le Pari’s” $17.8 million through its fourth lap and “Monty’s” $6.5 million in its third.

“Bean’s” foreign cume reached $140 million while “Lost World” topped $369 million.

John Woo’s “Face/Off” became the 16th member of 1997’s $100 million grossers’ club abroad, racing to a cume of $102.4 million. That’s Buena Vista Intl.’s fourth hit to surpass that milestone this year.

The film minted $3.7 million in six days on 443 screens in the U.K., a very good but not stellar number. Still, it was enough to dislodge “Full Monty,” which had held top spot for a remarkable nine out of 10 weeks; that British comedy became the highest grosser of the year in the U.K. with $59 million, outstripping “Men in Black.” “Monty” (foreign cume $84.3 million) now ranks as the third-highest earner in history there behind “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day.”

Rookie “Maximum Risk” was pummeled by “Face/Off,” while “An American Werewolf in London” fell 50% for $1.7 million in 13 days.

DreamWorks’ “The Peacemaker” scored $1.1 million in five days on 41 in Taiwan, $1.1 million in five on 36 in South Korea, $908,000 in seven days on 25 in Hong Kong, $309,000 in six days on 30 in Norway and $113,000 in two days on 50 in Indonesia — all standouts.

The George Clooney/Nicole Kidman starrer had less impressive debuts in Holland, Sweden and Switzerland. The cume is $19.3 million from 19 markets.

“Air Force One” has $89 million in the till and should hit the century mark by early next month. Last week, Wolfgang Petersen’s pic had muscular bows in Portugal and New Zealand.

WB’s “Conspiracy Theory” ($50.6 million cume) took a ho-hum $1.9 million on 475 in Germany.

“G.I. Jane” fired up to $18.6 million from 15 territories, including $928,000 in four days on 170 in Brazil, $3 million in 13 days in Spain, $4.9 million in Korea and $4.8 million in Italy.

In its foreign preem in Australia, “Kiss the Girls” kidnapped a promising $903,000 from 132 sites, second behind “Monty.” Freshmen “Nothing to Lose” and “Gattaca” were lackluster.

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