Lucasfilm's STAR WARS EPISODE ONE:
THE PHANTOM MENACE passed the $300 million mark in overseas boxoffice,
making it the eleventh most successful film of all time outside of North
America. It opened last week in Switzerland with $1.1 million, the
fourth-biggest opening there. In three regions where it was in its second
week of release, it took in $7.5 million in Germany for a total of $24.7
million; $2.7 million in Spain for a total of $10.9 million; and $893,000
in Sweden for a total of $3.1 million. The film's total gross from 27
countries last weekend was $18.4 million bringing its international gross
to $307.4 million. This is more than films such as GHOST ($300 million) and
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL ($305 million). It is given a good chance to
surpass the third ranked film, INDEPENDENCE DAY, which grossed $503
million. TITANIC, with a $1.2 billion gross, remains on top of the list.
Read more about PHANTOM MENACE in the August 1999 issue of Animation World
Magazine in "The Animated Side of Star Wars: An Interview with Rob Coleman,
the Film's Animation Director"