Sony’s monster mashed Malaysia while “Deep Impact” and “City of Angels” continued to earn tidy sums overseas last weekend.
It was hard to get a handle on business overall because at least 10 markets in continental Europe did not report figures due to a public holiday Monday.
But the U.K. reflected a brittleness in early-summer trading as “Wes Craven’s Wishmaster,” Alex Proyas’ “Dark City” and John Boorman’s “The General” all had sluggish debuts.
“Godzilla” devoured $881,000 in four days on 70 screens in Malaysia, an all-time industry high, beating previous champ “Eraser.” Adding the prior weekend’s record previews, the total in Malaysia is $1.2 million. Roland Emmerich’s epic abated by a reasonable 35% in its soph session in Puerto Rico for a robust $1.4 million to date.
Mimi Leder’s “Deep Impact” advanced to $10.9 million in the U.K. (sliding 34%), $6 million in Italy (falling 38%), $5.3 million in Mexico and $4.5 million in Spain, all through 17 days. South Korea has generated $2.9 million in 16 days and Argentina has $1.4 million in 11 days.
The foreign cume, minus last weekend’s bows in five markets including France and Belgium, is $51.9 million.
Warner Bros. said “City of Angels” grossed $1.6 million from 319 screens in six countries, including an estimated $182,000 on 31 in its opening weekend in New Zealand.
In its second frame, the Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan romance eased by 30% in Australia for a pleasing $1.9 million in 11 days and tumbled by 48% in Taiwan, accumulating a robust $2.3 million thus far.
Nippon auds seem no more hip to “Blues Brothers 2000” than those in Europe, as John Landis’ pic landed in Japan with a blah $496,000 in two days on 125. Other results include the U.K.’s mediocre $1.2 million (down 27%), Italy’s fair $1 million (off 24%) and Spain’s weak $311,000 (plunging 68%), all after 10 days.
Indicating the Spanish B.O. is in the doldrums, “Primary Colors” debuted in the second spot behind “Deep Impact,” earning a modest $370,000 on 140 screens, the Mutual Film Co. said.
“The Wedding Singer” topped a terrif $9 million in its seventh outing in Australia, scored a merry $513,000 in 11 days in New Zealand, and had OK bows in Hong Kong and Israel.
New Line stablemate “Lost in Space” collared a fine $274,000 in five days on 31 in the Philippines, and has garnered $5.9 million nearing the end of its run Down Under and a solid $600,000 in 18 days in Singapore.
“Titanic” surged to $1.123 billion after a $4.6 million weekend on 1,694 screens in 30 markets, excluding contributions from France and Germany. James Cameron’s phenom minted $2.1 million in its 24th lap in Japan (off just 5%) for a cume of $155.8 million, and $483,000 in its ninth on 500 in China, totaling $39.7 million.
Buena Vista Intl. notched its highest-ever debut for a live-action film in Argentina, remarkably beating “Ransom” and “Air Force One,” with local acquisition “Cohen vs. Rosi.” A comedy about the upheaval in a Jewish-Italian family caused by an 80-year-old transvestite (toplining Argentine comic Adrian Suar), the pic reaped $534,000 on 79.
Handled by UIP, “Sliding Doors” resisted the downward trend in the U.K. pretty well, slipping by only 18% for a superb $11.6 million in 31 days.
The Bruce Willis starrer “Mercury Rising” had beefy bows in Israel and Portugal; the cume is $18.3 million, not counting last weekend’s entries in Germany and Austria.
Beginning its foreign roll-out, “Species 2” grabbed a reasonable $249,000 in three days on 111 in Mexico and a passable $177,000 in two days on 30 in South Korea.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” checked into Japan with a subdued $354,000 on just 63 screens.
“Anastasia” checked into Singapore with a so-so $141,000 on 25 and its cume reached $67.4 million. “Alien Resurrection” hit $108.1 million, feeding off Japan’s $15.3 million through the sixth lap. WB estimated the cume for “U.S. Marshals” at $37 million.