UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 3:58 PM: I’ve earlier reported strong international numbers for The Wolf Of Wall Street based on the several territories where Universal is handling the film with all No. 1s across the board. But this is a movie that also has a lot of independent distributors around the world. Wolf backer Red Granite now has chimed in with its latest figure for the ex-U.S. cume, including Universal’s patch, and it’s an impressive $74.7M from 52 territories (for those keeping score, that’s 1,245 times what Jonah Hill says his payday was for the film). Domestic, the movie is at about $91M and notably, Wolf‘s strongest overseas market to date by far is France. It’s released there by the Hadida brothers’ Metropolitan Filmexport. The French take according to the latest numbers I have is $21.17M. Although it opened on Christmas Day in France, it has taken more than half of its 2.4M admissions in 2014 and had a drop of only 12% in its 4th week that ended January 21. In the UK, the movie took an impressive $7.5M in its opening this past weekend; there it’s rated 18 which is basically an NC-17, and in France, where the ratings board tends to take sex scenes with less issue, it’s rated so that anyone over 12 can be admitted. That’s a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio fans. There’s for sure heat on this movie given the controversies surrounding it, but as I’m often told — and as I have experienced over 20 years here — a director’s name means a helluva a lot, and coupled with a major star, in a country of cinephiles like France it’s not surprising that they are lapping up this latest. Outside France and the strong Universal territories noted below, The Wolf Of Wall Street is also hot in Belgium ($2.49M) Holland ($3.56M) and Poland ($3.58M) as of the latest figures.
UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 9:51 AM PT: With Universal’s final figures in for The Wolf Of Wall Street overseas this past weekend, the international cume from its territories is now $28.5M. Actuals were a touch off in the UK ($7.5M vs an estimated $7.6M), but higher than expected in Germany, Spain, Austria and German-speaking Switerland. In other Universal news, 47 Ronin has been having a strong run in Russia despite its underperformance elsewhere. In its 3rd frame there this weekend, the film placed No. 3 and broke the $25M barrier. Fox’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty also had a better than previously estimated weekend, with an international cume to date of $106.2M. And the heavily Oscar-nominated 12 Years A Slave added $7.62M for an international take of $23.92M and a worldwide haul of $64.2M. It’s currently playing in 21 international markets with Belgium and France opening today. The first 2 PM showing in Paris this afternoon sold 2,400 tickets on 32 screens, outperforming Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-nominated The Wind Rises and Stallone/De Niro vehicle Grudge Match. The Martin Luther King holiday slowed the release of some final international weekend figures, but numbers have been updated as they’ve come in below:
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: The first weekend after Oscar nominations proved solid for contenders playing at the overseas box office. The breakout of the weekend was Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. Universal, which is releasing in nine European territories, already opened the movie at No. 1 in Denmark last weekend, giving the director his best-ever debut there. This weekend, the film crossed similar milestones in places like the UK, Germany and Spain. Wolf‘s cume from Universal territories after this weekend is a $28.5M at 1,708 dates with some still to come. Meanwhile, in its eighth international weekend, Disney’s Frozen passed Up to become the third-highest-grossing nonsequel animated global release of all time. The Oscar nominee added $24.6M in 52 territories for an estimated international total of $426.5M and a global cume of $759.1M. Its top performing overseas dates have been the UK, Germany, France, Russia and Italy. It’ll hit China on February 5.
This weekend in China, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit had a rare day-and-date opening for a studio film. The Paramount picture grossed $9.5M to land the No. 1 spot and largely outpace last year’s Jack Reacher, though it opened soft in the States. It bowed in a further 30 international territories with $22.2M and had 13 No. 1 debuts, mirroring Reacher overseas. Also in China, Universal’s Despicable Me 2, another animated Oscar contender, continued its run with an estimated 11-day total of $33.5M. That takes it past the local lifetime gross of Monsters University and makes DM2 the seventh-highest grossing animated foreign film of all time in the market, according to the studio. Elsewhere, SAG ensemble winner American Hustle went south of the border, Walter Mitty earned $8M in 58 markets to pass the $100M international mark for a cume of $106.2M, and German audiences continued to pay visits to The Physician. Across the top movies, the box office is down an estimated 31% compared to last year when Oscar pics like Django Unchained, Les Misérables and Life Of Pi were still playing. Here’s a look at overseas box office in a selection of territories:
Paramount’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit got a rare Chinese day-and-date release and grossed $9.5M in its first weekend on 4,000 screens for the top slot. It is expected to play into Chinese New Year with no new live-action U.S. films imminent. (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug opens on February 21.) Despicable Me 2, which grossed $14.4M in its opening frame last weekend, added $8.4M on 4,500 screens. The local total now stands at $33.5M and the international total is $586.9M. Combined with its domestic take, DM2 now has a global cume of $955M. It’s become the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide behind Toy Story 3 and The Lion King. The next animated Hollywood movie to open in China will be Frozen on February 5. Meanwhile, Chinese 3D animated film Boonie Bears: To The Rescue set records for a domestic animated feature at the local box office. Based on the popular TV series, it grossed $16.69M in its opening three days, becoming the first Chinese animated film to reach the 100M yuan mark in the short period and beating a previous opening day record set by Pleasant Goat And Big Big Wolf.
The Wolf Of Wall Street opened No. 1 in the UK and Ireland with £4.5M ($7.5M) at 492 dates. Just as it did in Denmark last week, the film scored the biggest-ever opening weekend for a Scorsese movie and the second-best 3-day bow for a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Along with those records, it also had the third-biggest opening on a Friday for a film with an 18 rating (no one under that age permitted); and the third-biggest Friday January bow ever. The result was 62% up on the pre-opening forecast. In its 2nd frame in the UK, 12 Years A Slave landed at No. 2 after adding 180 screens for a total of 386 and an extra $5.05M. That was a 22% bump on opening weekend. In other news, while Last Vegas star Michael Douglas was picking up a SAG Award for his performance in the telefilm Behind The Candelabra this weekend, his bachelor party movie held well over the weekend. The Universal release was in its 3rd frame and brought in a further $1.3M at 386 locations for a local 17-day total of $8.9M. Its international cume is now $17.44M from six Universal territories. UPI adds Italy and New Zealand on January 23 and Australia on February 6. Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug added an estimated $1.4M from 568 UK screens for a local cume of $68.1M. Fox horror pic The Devil’s Due, which has an estimated $9.5M in the U.S. this opening weekend, added $2.29M from six international markets including the UK which accounted for $1.65M on 334 screens and the No. 5 spot. The film expands to the Netherlands and Brazil next weekend. Films to watch as they hit the UK this week include Jack Ryan, August: Osage County and India’s Jai Ho.
47 Ronin opened No. 5 in Oz with $1.6M at 172 dates. That was behind Par’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit which brought in $2M locally at 227 locations. Fox’s The Book Thief held well with a 12% drop to $1.92M and the No. 2 position for a total of $5.55M locally. The international cume is now $11.23M with the majority of overseas markets yet to release. In its 4th frame, Smaug added an estimated $1.6M on 496 screens for a cume of $31M. Sony opened Spike Jonze’s Her on a limited 32 screens in Oz for $267K and a strong per screen average of $8,333. The Wolf Of Wall Street bows next week.
France had no major studio openings this week, though Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace had the second-best first day among new releases last Wednesday, selling about 13,250 tickets for the Hadida brothers’ Metropolitan Filmexport. Of films released in 2014, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty leads the French box office with a cume of $6.61M, adding $1.16M this week on 456 screens. The Wolf Of Wall Street, which Metropolitan released on Christmas Day 2013, now has over 2M admissions and is showing legs. Among local films, SND’s Yves Saint Laurent, the Jalil Lespert-directed biopic about the fashion designer, is tops with over half a million tickets sold in its first week. That’s good news for France, which had a lackluster 2013. The YSL biopic, one of two to come this year, has sold well throughout the world, giving hope to the export biz, which saw overseas admissions to French films in 2013 plummet to 50M, down 65% from 2012 with no leaders like The Intouchables or The Artist.
The Wolf Of Wall Street opened at No. 1 in Germany with $6.8M at 510 dates. This was also a record for a Scorsese film in his best-ever opening in the market. Shows reportedly have been sold out, with theaters adding screens. In neighboring Austria, the film also opened No. 1 with $941K at 53 dates, and German-speaking Switzerland opened No. 1 with $1.1M at 70 dates. Italian-speaking Switzerland opens on Thursday. Universal’s English-language The Physician, the adventure drama that moved up to No. 1 in its 3rd weekend last week, landed at No. 2 this weekend. It took $3.4M at 774 dates for a local 25-day total of $32.7M. Directed by Philipp Stölzl, it has an international cast that includes Stellan Skarsgaard, Ben Kingsley and Olivier Martinez. Universal also has the movie in Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland whose weekend grosses bring the film’s total in Universal territories to $37.3M. 12 Years A Slave grossed $844K on 91 screens for the best per screen average behind Wolf Of Wall Street. As in the UK, 12AS is adding a significant amount of screens in its 2nd frame. Walter Mitty brought in a slightly lower than estimated $802K for a local cume of about $6.57M. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug added an estimated $2M from 807 screens, bringing the cume to date to $84M, still the film’s strongest ex-U.S. territory and far above No. 2 UK with $68M. The overseas take is now $585M. Sony’s local action comedy Nicht Mein Tag opened to $2.3M in Germany and Austria at 481 dates. Next week, Germany gets the Aaron Eckhart starrer I, Frankenstein (as do Italy, Russia, Brazil and others.)
Juggernaut Dhoom 3 ended the week on January 17 as the No. 1 Indian film in all key international territories. At home, it has earned $61.3M with a further $26.6M from overseas. After releasing in December, the actioner has taken $8.05M in the U.S. and Canada to become the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Other notable performances include in the UAE and Gulf countries with $6.62M; the UK with $4.24M; Pakistan with $2.16M – higher than any local film ever – and Australia with $1.92M. Dhoom is still rolling out with Germany, Romania and Peru just opening and Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Russia, Turkey and others to follow. Later this week, we’ll keep an eye on Jai Ho, the latest pic to star Salman Khan which bows on January 24 during the Republic Day holiday.
Still rolling out internationally, The Counselor opened No. 1 in Italy with $2.4M on 384 screens. Its overseas total has largely outpaced domestic with $51.98M versus about $17M in the States. Among the top local pics of the year so far in Italy are Warner Bros’ Un Boss In Salotto from Luca Miniero whose remake and sequel to France’s Welcome To The Sticks were massive local hits.
The new Jack Ryan movie opened at No. 3, earning an estimated $1.8M from 305 venues. Frozen bowed at No. 1 with the biggest opening ever for a Disney-Pixar release in Korea and the 2nd biggest animated opening of all time, behind Kung Fu Panda 2. Disney notes that Frozen’s opening weekend has already made it the biggest all-time Disney-Pixar movie locally behind the studios’ Toy Story 3 and Tangled. Also performing strongly is local pic The Attorney. It’s inspired by the early life of Roh Moo-hyun, the 9th president of the Republic of Korea. Since releasing on December 18, it’s now grossed $69.7M, according to FilmBizAsia.
Openings this week in Mexico included Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at 456 locations for an estimated $1.2M, and The Book Thief with $1.02M. American Hustle, which bowed in its first overseas territory of Australia on December 13th, also boogied into Mexico this weekend courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing International and took $945K on 579 screens. The score was 85% over David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. SPRI has the film in Latin America, South Africa and Eastern Europe. Tarzan 3D opened in Brazil via Imagem Filmes, placing No. 2 with $1.9M from 330 screens. In total, the Reinhard Klooss-directed pic added $3.726M for a worldwide cume of $13.68M. It’s currently playing in 16 international markets with Belgium, France and Germany scheduled to debut in February. Tomorrow (Thursday Jan 23), 47 Ronin opens in Chile, and Argentinian hit Foosball opens in Peru.
The Norwegian box office saw a No. 1 opening for Sony’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 with about $438K on 245 screens. That was 72% higher than the opening of the original film. The sequel now has an overseas total of $136.7M. Fox’s The Book Thief also had a strong bow with $191K on 150 screens. Wolf Of Wall Street opens in Norway on January 31.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is partly set in Moscow and boasts director Kenneth Branagh as a Russian baddie, opened No. 1 with an estimated $2M in its local debut on 1,050 screens. Robert Redford may have been snubbed for an Oscar nomination, but All Is Lost took a better-than-expected $103K on 155 screens in Russia. Universal, which has the movie in 35 territories, garnered $221K at 314 dates in eight territories this weekend for an international total of $2.39M. Also from Universal, 47 Ronin placed No. 3 in its 3rd frame with $1.5M at 886 dates for an 18-day local total of $25.1M. Fox’s The Book Thief had $557K on 724 screens.
The Wolf Of Wall Street also gave Martin Scorsese his biggest opening ever in Spain. The movie grossed $3.6M at 319 dates for a per screen average of over $11,000 and 34% of the market share. After opening No. 1 last week, Fox’s The Book Thief grossed $1.16M in its 2nd frame.