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'JFK' AMBUSHES INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICES; FILM ENJOYS WORLDWIDE SUCCESS

'JFK' AMBUSHES INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICES; FILM ENJOYS WORLDWIDE SUCCESS
 BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros.' suspense drama "JFK," directed by Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone and starring Kevin Costner, also a multiple Oscar-winner, made its international debut this past weekend in Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland to outstanding box-office returns and critical acclaim.
 In the United Kingdom, press comments praised "JFK" as "the year's most controversial movie ... electric film-making," Tom Hutchinson of the Mail on Sunday and "...a riveting piece of cinema ... the performances are stunning ... it's going to take something special to prevent this from being the film of the year," per John Millar of the Daily Record. The film brought in a stunning $1,345,000 on 212,079 admissions in 183 theaters over the three-day weekend for an average of more than $7,270 per situation.
 Germany, which opened the film on Thursday after a star-studded premiere in Berlin on Jan. 22 attended by Stone, brought in an impressive $1,200,000 from 162,750 admissions over the four-day weekend in 120 theaters for a pre-theater average of $10,000. Press reaction was also outstanding. "...Must of the cinema season ...," per Bunte; "...brilliant political thriller ...," per Fuer Sie; "... ripe for an Oscar" -- Cinema magazine, which gave the film its highest rating of 100 percent; "Powerful entertainment cinema," per Tagesspiegel and per Hans-Ulrich Ponack of Rias 2, "'JFK' is the ... most moving and at the same time the most thrilling video-clip in film history ... brilliant tension ... great picture. ..."
 In Austria and Switzerland the results were also outstanding. Key quotes from Switzerland include "Gripping political thriller with stellar cast ... A thrilling story that won't let you go. Powerful," per Sonntags-Blick; "An outstanding Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone's probably most ambitious film," per Neue Zuercher Zeitung; "Technically brilliant. Terrific" -- Zueri-Woche and "Rousing. Dynamite." -- La Suisse. The weekend results for 21 theaters in Switzerland was a stellar $253,000 on admissions of 28,559 and in Austria in 11 theaters the film pulled in $107,000 with 13,500 admissions.
 "Stylish suspense drama ... " was the response of Anders Rou Jensen of the leading Danish paper Politiken; in Denmark the film opened with a gross of $83,700 in 10 theaters.
 Australia opened the film on Thursday, Jan. 23 and saw a four-day weekend result of $635,000 in 61 theaters.
 "We knew we had an outstanding movie," reported Richard Fox, president of Warner Bros.' International Theatrical Division, "but these results clearly indicate that great filmmaking knows no national boundaries."
 Warner Bros. Presents, in association with Le Studio Canal+, Regency Enterprises and Alcor Films, an Ixtlan Corporation and an A. Kitman Ho Production of An Oliver Stone Film: Kevin Costner in "JFK." Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders and Sissy Spacek. The executive producer is Arnon Milchan, the producers are A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone, and the co- producer is Clayton Townsend. The screenplay is by Oliver Stone & Zachary Sklar, based on the books "On the Trail of the Assassins" by Jim Garrison and "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy" by Jim Marrs. The director of photography is Robert Richardson, the production designer is Victor Kempster and the music is by John Williams. The director is Oliver Stone. Distributed by Warner Bros., A Time Warner Co.
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