UPDATED Monday, 12:25 P.M.: Spain and Germany have been added and numbers updated. We will continue to add numbers as we receive them. The U.S. box office monster The Lego Movie updated grosses have been input.
PREVIOUSLY, Sunday, 11:28 A.M.: This weekend is down just about 8% off last year, an improvement off last week’s 25% drop in the comparable time frame. Walt Disney Studios’ Frozen pushed past the $900M worldwide mark this weekend to $913.7M. In China, it took in an estimated $13.7M since bowing on Wednesday amid a crowded Lunar New Year field. It is the biggest Disney Animation opening ever in China and the second biggest Disney/Pixar animated opening film there behind Monster’s University. Frozen’s international cume is now an estimated $545.1M. The Lego Movie, which did a whopping $69.1M domestically, debuted in 34 markets and raked in a strong $18.7M from 5,695 screens. It was notably constructive in Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Hong Kong where it nabbed the No. 1 spots. In Hong Kong, it ranked ahead of four local titles for the top spot and $1M. Meanwhile, Universal’s 47 Ronin becomes the distributors’ first picture to cross the $100M mark in 2014. It grossed another $4.5M in 39 territories this weekend in 2,184 locales. Its worldwide cume is nearing $138M with six territories yet to open over the next two months. DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman traveled back to the past to score a real-time No. 1 in the UK where it bested new opener Robocop. Robocop, however, opened at No. 1 in 10 markets this weekend for an estimated cume to date of $28.7M ahead of its bow in 30 more territories this week, plus the U.S. on Wednesday. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has so far grossed $602.7M internationally to push its worldwide cume to $858M. Here are the key territory breakdowns for the above and other films this week:
Frozen opened in China on February 5, in the waning days of the Lunar New Year celebration that was packed with local pics. The Disney film earned an estimated $13.7M to make it the 2nd biggest Disney/Pixar animated bow ever. The last animated studio film to debut in the country was Universal’s Despicable Me 2 in early January which took $14.4M in its opening frame and now has over $49M. In Korea, Frozen dropped 32% from a weekend earlier for a new cume of $57.7M; it is the highest animated title ever in that territory. Robocop continued its career in Malaysia (+$1M), Singapore (+$550K) and Taiwan (+480K). It’s now at an estimated cume of $28.7M. It also opened in the Philippines with $1.1M. Despite a severe snowstorm in Japan, The Wolf Of Wall Street grossed $725K from 242 screens dropping 56% from last weekend for a territory cume of $3.9M — and it’s still No. 1 there.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman opened with an estimated $6.9M this weekend on 508 dates, ahead of Robocop. That total included previews. The animated film might have been helped by the fact that it increased awareness by branding some of London’s Regent Street lights all throughout the holiday season and beyond. It will open France, Belgium and Switzerland next weekend. Robocop, released by MGM, debuted with $3.9M on 421 dates. The other newcomer was Dallas Buyers Club which came in fourth (behind The Wolf of Wall Street in its 4th week) at $1.7M on 302 playdates. Wolf is No. 3 with $2.6 on 488 dates. Next week will see the debut of The Lego Movie.
The Sochi Olympics are not running rings around the local box office. Universal’s 3D fantasy adventure VIY is continuing its strong run after breaking opening records last week. It has held the No. 1 spot with an estimated $6.9M at 1,036 locations and is above all other new openings in Russia. VIY has an 11 day cume of $28.2M.
Robocop bowed at No. 1 with $2.6M. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 also basked in France this weekend to $1.6M, a 50% jump on the original movie thanks to the winter holiday weekend where theaters in the suburbs offer families discounts.. Overall, it added $3.5M overseas for an estimated cume of $145.8M. American Hustle came in third in the territory with $2M, only slightly higher than Silver Linings Playbook last year’s opening. American Hustle’s best plays were in Paris theaters.
A local comedy, The Joy of Fatherhood (Vaterfrueden) took No. 1 at the box office this weekend, delivering $5.1M to best The Wolf of Wall Street which is holding strong at No. 2 in the territory with $2.7M. Wolf’s cume is now $23.5M. Fatherhood, based on a best-selling novel by Murmel Clausen about a couple whose intimacy is lost as they try scientifically to conceive a child, was written by Matthias Schweighofer who also stars. Third is Robocop which opened in 472 theaters for a total of $2M.
In Spain, American titles are in the top five six, led by newcomer The Lego Movie debuted in the No. 1 spot with $2M on 427 plays. In second is The Wolf of Wall Street ($1.3M for a 12-day total of $12.9M), third is American Hustle ($1.2M), fourth is Jack Ryan ($522K) and The Book Thief ($337K). The only other new title is Nebraska which took sixth place on 154 screens to gross $406K.
The Lego Movie grossed an estimated $3.8M on 1,850 screens in Mexico where the brand is (shockingly?) only recently a known commodity. No. 2 in Mexico, with $1.2M on 576 dates is 47 Ronin for a 10-day total there of $4.5M. In Brazil, The Lego Movie debuted to No. 1 with a gross of $1.8M from 587 plays. American Hustle boogied down to Brazil for an estimated opening haul of $1M, while it added another $155K in its 3rd Mexican frame for an estimated cume of $2.84M. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hit Brazil with an estimated gross of $633K from 251 locations. In total, the film added another $5.3M from 58 territories to tally an international cume of $70M. It’s on 6,584 screens. Robocop took $530K in Venezuela. 12 Years a Slave debuted in 4 markets in Latin America but nothing to write home about. It grossed a total of $6.6M this weekend for a total international cume of $1.9M in 48 markets. It will debut in six more markets later this month, including Mexico and Brazil.