'Titanic' Rises To $916 Million Overseas

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SYDNEY (Variety) - "Titanic" was high on filmgoers' want-to-see list during the Easter break, and pulled in $30.1 million from 57 territories as its overseas total rose to $916.4 million. Bolstered by the vacation in Europe and Australia, "Titanic's" weekend take was only a tad below the prior weekend's $31.1 million. At this rate, writer/director James Cameron's blockbuster is likely to surge to the magic $1 billion mark abroad in the first week of May. (It has almost $543 million in North America.) While most studios did not report grosses because many of their offices were closed Monday, Fox Intl. provided updates on "Titanic," "Anastasia" and "Alien Resurrection," New Line trumpeted "Lost in Space's" impressive international bow in Australia, and Columbia TriStar reported a solid Japanese debut for "As Good as It Gets." During the weekend, "Titanic" became the first film in history to cross $100 million in the U.K., pocketing $2.1 million in its 12th lap to perch at $101 million. The romantic drama improved by 15% in France, nabbing $3.6 million for $112.4 million to date, and slipped by just 7% in Germany, minting $3.4 million for $108.4 million thus far. Japan is still the top market with $115.9 million after a $3.4 million weekend. In Australia, the epic enjoyed a 15% bump, and its total hit $33.6 million. In China, "Titanic" hauled in a terrific $3 million for a 12-day total of $8.9 million. "Lost in Space" took the pole position Down Under, scoring $1.7 million in five days. "Mortal Kombat Annihilation" posted one of its healthier debuts in Oz, registering $476,000. "Anastasia" collected $4.7 million in 22 markets, and its overseas total reached $51.1 million. Yet to open in Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa, the animated picture is certain to overtake its $57 million domestic tally. France is the standout with $15 million, while Spain has delivered a pleasing $4.5 million after the fourth weekend, the U.K. has contributed a sterling $3.8 million and Italy has done $2.6 million, both through the third. Germany's $2 million after its second session is on the soft side. "Alien Resurrection" is heading for $100 million, standing at $88.1 million after strong starts in Brazil ($792,000) and Argentina ($496,000). The sci-fier is still to play in Japan. Writer/director James L. Brooks' "As Good as It Gets" landed in Japan with $627,000 in two days, on par with "My Best Friend's Wedding," which wound with a pretty good $7.8 million there. Columbia TriStar estimated the Oscar-decorated comedy's weekend take as $6 million and the foreign total at $97 million, and it's poised to join the $100 million club at the end of this week. Reuters/Variety

That means 1,460,000,000 dollars worldwide.

-- Dan Draghici (ddraghic@sprint.ca), April 15, 1998



-- Thomas M. Terashima (titanicShack@yahoo.com), May 14, 1998.

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