Some much-needed fresh blood revived the foreign B.O. last week, enhanced by the May 4 holiday in some territories and Golden Week in Japan, but exhibs in France, Germany and Italy said biz was fairly anemic.
Meanwhile, “Titanic” continued to take in water, although still reaping the kind of bounty — $23.4 million from 4,790 screens — that rival distribs would kill for. Its foreign cume late last week stood at $1.056 billion, including an unprecedented $28.7 million after the fifth weekend in China.
In Japan, Fox Intl.’s luxury liner climbed to $140 million (17.4 billion yen) and is poised to overtake that market’s all-time B.O. champion, Nippon-animated “Princess Mononoke” ($146.4 million).
The hottest arrival last week was “Scream 2,” which devoured $5.8 million in six days on 388 in the U.K. — the second-highest opening of the year after “Titanic,” and Buena Vista Intl.’s third best live-action bow behind “Ransom” and “101 Dalmatians.”
Wes Craven’s thriller pocketed about $10 million overseas and the cume hit $25.3 million.
There were very mixed responses to “U.S. Marshals,” which collared about $10 million from debuts and holdovers in 24 territories.
The Tommy Lee Jones/Wesley Snipes starrer opened especially strong in Asia, scoring $1.5 million in six days on 49 in Taiwan. South Korea delivered a robust $717,000 in six days from 40 prints. But the Warner Bros. release was unexceptional in Germany ($1.8 million on 421), placing third behind “Titanic” in its 17th round and soph “Scream 2.” Cume is $20.3 million.
Universal’s domestic flop “Blues Brothers 2000” had a mildly promising international debut in Australia with $647,000 on 142. John Landis’ pic will roll out in Europe after the Cannes fest, where it’s being screened out of competition with the hoopla of a party attended by the director and cast.
“Alien Resurrection” ascended to $101.6 million, powered by Japan’s $9.6 million in 13 days. Still playing in 12 markets, “The Full Monty’s” cume finally crossed $200 million.
“Wag the Dog” bow-wowed in France with an OK $1.9 million in eight days on 228.
“The Big Lebowski” entered Italy with a pleasing $353,000 in six days on 35, but distrib Cecchi Gori will stick to a limited release because the Coen brothers’ works usually are a bit too hip for mainstream Italo tastes.