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By Hy Hollinger
Publication: The Hollywood Reporter
Date: Tuesday, December 15 1998
The rewards are there if you have the goods. Just ask Buena Vista International, which came up with $26 million over a generally mild weekend as "Armageddon" conquered Japan on its final overseas stop, "Mulan" delighted European markets and "A Bug's Life" set an all-time record in Korea for an animated film.

Picking up $7.3 million in two days at 263 screens during

the Shogatsu holiday period in Japan, "Armageddon" emerged as the biggest opening of the year and the fourth-biggest all-time bow in the market behind "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Independence Day" and "Jurassic Park." The international cume for "Armageddon" has reached $241 million, the best offshore performance of the year.

"Mulan" took in $11.2 million over the weekend at 2,986 screens in eight countries, lifting its cume to $114.4 million. Italy provided $3.1 million in two weekends, France $13.9 million in three and Germany $12.3 million in four. In the three markets, it has held on to first place during its run to date.

"A Bug's Life" set the animated opening record in Korea with $442,000 at 41 screens, beating BVI's "Mulan" by 20%. After a record opening in Australia, the Disney offering dropped only 21% and almost doubled the debut of Down Under's own "Babe: Pig in the City." But it was not all strawberries and cream for BVI as the stumbling "The Parent Trap" entered the United Kingdom with an underwhelming $676,248 at 357 screens.

"The Mask of Zorro" has its eyes on the $100 million club as it slashed its way into the United Kingdom with a second-place $1.5 million at 307 screens and collected a total of $3.2 million in 21 markets to raise its cume to $95.2 million.

New Line's "Rush Hour" held on to first place in the United Kingdom for the second session in a row, declining only 25% and raising its gross to $19.6 million from 10 markets.

The same studio's "Blade" went up from 466 screens to 518 at its second weekend in Germany, resulting in a 10% hike in the four-day period and an overall $5.1 million in the market to date. The vampire picture also opened in Argentina and Portugal, contributing to a $4.5 million weekend and a $41.7 million cume.

"Meet Joe Black," a domestic disappointment, had some encouragement with its first overseas date in Brazil, where the Brad Pitt starrer opened to $1 million at 193 screens.

"Babe: Pig in the City" holds third place in the United Kingdom with $2.1 million at 442 screens at its second weekend. A four-territory total of $3.6 million for the sequel to

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