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 PARIS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney Pictures' unstoppable, unbeatable Academy Award-winning musical animated feature "Aladdin" continued its phenomenal holiday sweep throughout Europe, flying smoothly past the $200 million mark at the international box office to achieve a stunning gross of $220,300,000 by the end of the New Year's weekend, it was announced today by Mark Zoradi, president of Buena Vista International.
 Having already surpassed the performance of "Jurassic Park" in Argentina, South Africa and Israel, and poised to overtake the film in France and Italy, "Aladdin" is also well on its way to becoming the biggest worldwide film release in the history of the Walt Disney Studios. The popular animated feature has already managed to exceed the movie's remarkable domestic gross of $217 million, as well as that of BVI'S previous highest-grossing animated release "Beauty And The Beast," which by the end of its run just one year ago had tallied an outstanding $203 million at international box office windows. Holding fast to its No. 1 position across the European continent, "Aladdin's" performance stacks up impressively as follows:
 Box Office Through Percent Above
 Jan. 2, 1994 "Beauty and the Beast"
 France $33,100,000 128 pct
 Germany $22,600,000 13 pct
 Italy $19,200,000 8 pct
 U.K. $15,300,000 18 pct
 Spain $11,700,000 1 pct
 Switzerland $4,900,000 62 pct
 Holland $4,100,000 43 pct
 Sweden $3,900,000 6 pct
 Belgium $3,400,000 8 pct
 BVI is also celebrating the New Year with excellent box office results for Touchstone Pictures' comedy-adventure "The Three Musketeers." Since Dec. 11, the picture has tallied a swashbuckling $1,200,000 from only 6 screens in Korea and a handsome $1,900,000 from 89 cinemas throughout Australia, where "The Three Musketeers" bowed on Dec. 9. The popular Caravan Pictures production has also amassed a healthy $1,000,000 from just 45 theaters across Sweden since its impressive debut in that country on Dec. 17, while Argentina and Brazil have each pulled in $280,000 from 15 houses and $800,000 from 76 screens, respectively, in the same period of time. "The Three Musketeers" is scheduled to roll out across the rest of Europe and Japan during the month of February.
 More good news was delivered from Down Under with the Dec. 23 release of Whoopi Goldberg-starrer "Sister Act 2," where the comedy sequel featuring its original cast of singing nuns brought in a heavenly $2,500,000 from 108 collection plates nationwide. "Sister Act 2" will bow throughout Latin America later this month and next; in Europe beginning in March; and in Japan during the month of April.
 Commenting on the outstanding box office performance of these BVI holiday releases, Zoradi said, "We are absolutely thrilled with the figures for each of these films, and the numbers we are seeing only further demonstrate the growing strength of the international marketplace, as well as its responsiveness to strong theatrical product. 'Aladdin' is obviously a treasure trove for the Walt Disney Studios and at this rate, we anticipate that it will play throughout Europe straight through to spring. BVI is also delighted to see that both 'The Three Musketeers' and 'Sister Act 2' are such crowd pleasers for international audiences and if the results from our very earliest playdates are any indication, we are off to an excellent start for 1994."
 Buena Vista International is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Studios, which is a business segment of the Walt Disney Co.
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 /CONTACT: Hilary Clark, VP-Publicity, Buena Vista International (Europe), 331-46-43-24-46/

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