3rd UPDATE, 3:20 PM PT Monday: The Lego Movie has upped its overseas weekend cume to $24M in its 48 markets due to stronger UK and France numbers. It now has an international total estimated at $93.5M. Key building block territories yet to bow include Russia, Japan, Australia and Germany. In the UK, Lego took the wind out of the box office with a 55% share among the top five films and its gross actually increased 1% from opening weekend. It has taken $36M in the UK since its debut. The French opening also came in higher than expected this frame with $3.1M from 521 screens. With U.S. cumes this weekend (where it was No. 1 for the third week in a row), the worldwide total is now $276.5M. Also via Warner Bros, Best picture Oscar contender Gravity‘s new cume worldwide is $703.6M after this weekend with international repping $434.4M. We are still waiting on confirmed opening weekend numbers from China for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
2ND UPDATE, 2:10 PM PT MONDAY: Actuals are trickling in with no huge surprises in the bunch so far. Universal added figures for Ride Along, the Ice Cube/Kevin Hart action comedy that’s been so hot Stateside. It bowed in Iceland and South Africa this weekend with $20K at seven dates and $87K at 50 dates, respectively. Its total in eight international territories is $4.41M. The studio is releasing the pic in eight more markets, including the UK on February 28 and Australia on March 20. Amongst studio titles, Universal and Fox numbers are updated throughout the original posts below and others will be added as they arrive. Some other notable perfs I wanted to mention that weren’t covered earlier include a trio of local wedding-themed pics:
After four weeks in release in Holland, A-Film’s destination nuptials comedy, Tuscan Wedding (Toscaanse Bruiloft), just slipped to No. 2 after The Lego Movie jumped 22% in its 2nd outing this weekend (see below). Wedding now has a local cume of $4.6M, per local monitor Boxofficenl. Director Johan Nijenhuis had a hit last year with Loving Ibiza which took $7.6M and was the 6th top-grosser of the year. In Hungary, What Ever Happened To Timi (Megdönteni Hajnal Tímeát) is the debut feature of Attila Herczeg which in its first weekend (Feb 13) bowed ahead of The Lego Movie and Robocop in their 2nd frames. The film, according to local reports, had the best opening results of the last four years with just over $202K on 53 screens. Andrea Osvárt (Anita B.), Kornél Simon and Simon Szabó star in the story that involves a tryst at a high-school reunion, a blackmail video and a wedding. InterCom is releasing locally. Meanwhile, in Malaysia, road movie The Journey has broken the box office record for a local film, grossing $3.93M, according to FilmBizAsia. Keng Guan Chiu’s English- and Chinese-language film has been out for a little over three weeks and stars 73-year-old Frankie Lee as a conservative father whose daughter returns from abroad with a foreign fiancé. Tradition dictates that the two men must travel cross country to deliver wedding invitations. The previous record holder was 2011’s KL Gangster.
UPDATE, SUNDAY 10:18 PM PT: Internationally, this weekend was down 14% on last year when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey launched in China to just under $19M and Chinese action/comedy Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons was still doing bang-up business. Among key openings across major markets this frame was Warner Bros‘ big bow of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug in China for a three-day take of $32.7M. Robocop‘s big Brazilian debut and a $100M milestone internationally; and Pompeii‘s rollout in 40 markets. Meanwhile, Disney’s Frozen hit the $980M mark worldwide, with $1B in its sights. Next week’s openers include Liam Neeson-starrer Non-Stop directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It will hit such major areas as the UK, Korea, Brazil and France. In France, it will notably be up against local comedy Supercondriaque, directed by and starring Dany Boon whose Welcome To The Sticks is the highest-grossing French film of all time. See below the original post for this week’s market-by-market breakdown.
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY 1:04 PM PT: There is a territory-by-territory breakdown to come, but so far one of the key stories this weekend internationally is the China bow of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (Warner Bros./MGM). A little more than two months after its U.S. debut, Smaug finally burst into China this weekend. The sequel opened on Friday and had an estimated three-day haul of Rmb 198M, or $32.7M, from approximately 5,500 screens. That was a big No. 1 in the market where it was competing with the 2nd weekend holdover of local hit Beijing Love Story and Disney’s Frozen in its 3rd frame. The Friday bow for Smaug (Rmb 54M) was the biggest opening day ever for a Warner Bros movie in China, surpassing Pacific Rim which opened to Rmb 52M on a Wednesday last year. Overall, the three-day debut is the all-time best for a Warner Bros movie in the market, exceeding The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by 74%. Smaug also set a record for IMAX, becoming the biggest three-day opening for a Hollywood title with $4.4M – double the first Hobbit and a touch more than Warner’s own Gravity. Smaug now has an estimated international cume of $637.1M with Japan set to open next Friday.
Disney’s Frozen hit $980M worldwide this weekend on its way to the coveted $1B mark. The film has yet to open in Japan, which it will do on March 15, but I’m told it should break the $1B barrier just ahead of that bow. The animated juggernaut is now the No. 19 grosser of all time, and has passed Despicable Me 2 to become the No. 2 animated release ever. Internationally, it’s also the highest-grossing original IP animated release of all time. The movie added $9M overseas this weekend for an overseas haul of $596.3M in its 13th frame from 39 territories. Notably, in China, Frozen has passed Monsters University to become the biggest Disney/Pixar release ever in the market with an estimated cume of $36.2M.
In its 4th weekend, MGM and Columbia Pictures’ Robocop hit the $100M mark internationally, adding an estimated $17.7M. Sony Pictures Releasing International’s take was an estimated $13.9M for the weekend and a cume of $72.7M, while MGM’s distribution partners contributed an estimated $3.8M for a cume of $27.3M. The movie is now playing in 75 markets and had a No. 1 bow in Brazil with an estimated $3.4M on 697 screens. That’s no big surprise given director José Padilha’s popularity at home.
The Wolf Of Wall Street also hit a $100M milestone – in the nine territories where Universal is releasing it, adding $3.7M in those locations this weekend. The cume for those markets is $101.9M. The film is now out in about 48 markets and according to Rentrak has an international cume of $231.2M.
Hot off its BAFTA wins last weekend for Best Film and Lead Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Oscar contender 12 Years A Slave added Italy, the Netherlands and several Latin American territories this weekend, including Brazil and Mexico where it had the 2nd best per-screen average in those markets. The film’s estimated weekend haul was $6.4M for an international cume of $78.9M in 58 markets.
Lionsgate’s Paul W.S. Anderson action/love story Pompeii opened day-and-date in 40 international markets, for an estimated $23M, that’s a little more than double its Stateside take. The movie was No. 1 in Russia and South Korea with $5.8M from 1,375 screens, and $3.8M from 516 screens, respectively.
The Monuments Men opened in 29 new markets this weekend, bringing its total to 48 territories. It added $13M from 5,203 screens for an international haul of $25.9M. Notable bows included Germany where it scored $2.15M from 587 dates. The movie had its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival two weeks ago, adding to its profile in the market. It took the No. 3 position there. The movie opens in 10 new territories next weekend including South Korea and Argentina.
Fox’s animated pic Mr Peabody & Sherman added $5.3M at 2,489 playdates in six markets this weekend for an international cume of $22.5M. It goes out in a further 14 markets next weekend including some key territories like Germany, Brazil and Mexico.
As noted above, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug had an estimated three-day haul of Rmb 198M, or $32.7M, from approximately 5,500 screens for a big No. 1. The Warner Bros sequel came in ahead of Beijing Love Story which was last weekend’s leader, taking about $33M in four days. That movie now has $37.6M worldwide after adding another $106K in the U.S. this weekend. Still performing strongly in China is Frozen which has an estimated $36.2M cume and has passed Monsters University to become the biggest Disney/Pixar release of all-time in the territory. Also in the top five movies this week were Wong Jing’s From Vegas To Macau and 3D fantasy pic The Monkey King. The latter passed the 1B Rmb mark on Saturday, per FilmBizAsia, and now has a cume of $165M. It’s the 5th movie to ever hit the milestone and falls in line behind Avatar, Lost In Thailand, Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.
BRAZIL & LATIN AMERICA
Hometown director José Padilha’s Robocop was the No. 1 film in Brazil in its debut this weekend, taking an estimated $3.4M and playing on 697 screens, nearly a third of all the screens in the underserved market. Padilha’s 2007 Elite Squad and 2010 sequel Elite Squad: The Enemy Within were massive hits in Brazil with the second film becoming the highest-grossing local movie of all time at $63M. Robocop was twice as big as new opener Pompeii which underperformed, but scored a No. 2 spot on 351 screens with $1.5M. 12 Years A Slave opened in nine Latin American markets, including Brazil where the drama performed well above expectations with $499K from 77 screens. That number surpasses the movie’s projected lifetime gross in the market. Universal is handling Dallas Buyers Club in Latin America where it kicked off in Brazil on a limited release of 41 screens to gross $112K. (Venezuela also opened, but rioting there forced the closure of many theaters.) In the territories where Universal is releasing, including Colombia and Mexico, the total is $729,634. There are four more bows set: Argentina, Panama, Peru and Chile. Fox’s The Monuments Men was down 47% in its 2nd frame for $527K take and a cume of $1.88M. Paramount’s Jack Ryan played its 3rd weekend for $100K at 161 sites. The local cume is now an estimated $1.7M. In Mexico, Videocine’s romantic comedy Cásese Quien Pueda has been enjoying a strong run since opening last weekend with about $3.24M. This weekend, Pompeii had a No. 3 debut with $1.5M at 535 dates; 12 Years A Slave pulled in a better-than-estimated $676K at 167 playdates; and Robocop dropped 47% in its 2nd weekend with an estimated $1.55M for a cume of $5.4M. In its 3rd weekend, The Lego Movie cobbled an extra $1M for a local cume of $8.5M. Mexico is the film’s 2nd biggest territory outside the U.S. and behind the UK. Brazil is 3rd with $4.9M. Mr Peabody & Sherman opened at No. 1 in both Argentina and Uruguay with hauls of $608K and $45K, respectively.
As of this weekend, Disney’s Frozen has a worldwide total of $980M and even though it’s expected to cross $1B before its Japan bow on March 15, it’s worth considering how that release could stack up. Recent comps see Tangled snaring a $31.4M cume, Brave at $12M and Wreck-It Ralph at $31M. Frozen will open in Japan on a relatively clear weekend. But, there is a new entry in the popular Doraemon series debuting the week prior, and The Lego Movie installs itself the following weekend. Meanwhile, 12 Years A Slave opens locally on March 7, five days after the Oscars. This weekend, another Oscar contender, The Wolf Of Wall Street, added an estimated $370K from 239 locations in its 4th frame. The local cume is now $6.8M. Another Paramount picture, Jack Ryan, added $638K at 329 cinemas for a $3.1M cume after its 2nd weekend. Universal’s Kick-Ass 2 just opened in Japan this weekend and took $768K at 215 dates, bringing the international total to $32M. The movie hit Japan about six months after the rest of its international rollout, but that’s not unusual in a market where piracy is far less of a concern than elsewhere. In the territory that loves its local movies, Takashi Miike’s The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji and Takashi Yamazaki’s The Eternal Zero continue to perform strongly.
Frozen has passed Transformers 3 to become the 2nd biggest foreign release ever, behind Avatar, with an estimated cume of $72.8M. It is also now No. 5 on the all-time industry list in Korea which is the animated movie’s top overseas market. In new openers, Pompeii erupted at No. 1 this weekend with a revised $3.8M from 516 screens, putting it ahead of local thriller Tabloid Truth. Robocop fell in its 2nd outing taking only $860K after debuting to $3.6M last weekend. The cume is now $6.3M. The hot South Korean market will see the bow this week of 12 Years A Slave (2/27).
The Lego Movie was the No. 1 title again with $10M in its 2nd frame from 1,262 screens and a drop of 5%. Its local cume is now $36M. 12 Years A Slave, crowed Best Film of 2013 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts last weekend, continues to enjoy its best international run in the UK. It added an estimated $1M this weekend for a local cume of $29.5M. Robocop held with a 41% drop to take an estimated $1.46M for a local cume of $11.6M. The Monuments Men scored $1.83M at 525 dates in its 2nd frame for a No. 3 slot, behind Mr Peabody & Sherman which was up 17% from last weekend with $2.8M on 975 screens. The Wolf Of Wall Street has now earned an estimated $34.7M in the UK & Ireland where Universal is releasing. Also via Universal, the UK remains the highest-grossing international territory for Endless Love remake with a cume of $2.6M after its 2nd frame. Its international total is $6.22M.
Amongst new Hollywood openers, The Monuments Men scored the biggest debut for a George Clooney directed movie with $2.35M at 587 locations this weekend. Tarzan 3D took a No. 7 spot in its opening with $886K, about half of the projected $1.8M at 473 dates. Its international total now stands at $20.1M from 29 markets. The local box office is still led by two Warner Bros’ Vaterfreuden ($16M cume) and new comedy Stromberg – Der Film ($3.3M) which bowed at No. 1. Also scoring this weekend was Turkish comedy Recep Ivedik 4 with$2.3M. 12 Years A Slave added an estimated $313K for a $4.8M cume. Robocop dipped 51% for $630K and a $4.55M cume. Universal’s local hit The Physician is at No. 10 in its 9th weekend and is the No. 1 film of 2014 so far with a local cume of $41.7M. Germany gets Pompeii this Thursday with the film continuing its international rollout over the next few months.
The Monuments Men bowed to $1.84M at 468 dates this weekend and a No. 1 opening. The Lego Movie was No.2 in its 3rd weekend with an estimated $918K from 408 screens and with a cume of $4.8M. Robocop slipped 57% in its 2nd frame for an estimated $540K and a cume of $2.1M. 12 Years A Slave added $104K this weekend for an estimated cume of $6.6M in the territory that is the film’s 3rd best overseas. Wolf Of Wall Street‘s local take is now $15.1M.
The Lego Movie launched to $3.1M on 521 screens in France where local comedies Les 3 Frères Le Retour ($13.6M cume) and Le Crocodile Du Botswanga ($4M cume) had the No.1 and 2 spots. Pompeii took in $2.5M from 301 screens in its opening this weekend. 12 Years A Slave added $800K for an estimated cume of $11.5M. France is the film’s 2nd biggest international market. Robocop came in at an estimated $750K for a cume of $5.3M. Mr Peabody & Sherman was off only 7% from its debut with $1.38M at 1,028 dates.
In its 2nd frame, Robocop added $1.6M after a very strong start last weekend. The fast-burn market is big on male demo actioners and has now given Robocop an $8.4M cume. Pompeii opened at No. 1 with $5.8M and The Monuments Men opened at No. 4 with $1.24M on 1,042 screens. Local pic VIY, distributed by Universal, is still going strong with an add of $724K at 508 dates and a cume of $33.7M.
12 Years A Slave bowed at No. 4 with $1.4M on 312 screens; that’s a solid number in a territory where local comedy Under A Lucky Star (Sotto Una Buona Stella) has been dominating the market. That Universal release is still No. 1 in its 2nd frame with a weekend take of $3.1M at 684 dates and a cume of $10.18M. It bested the bows of The Lego Movie and Pompeii. The latter bowed at No. 3 with $1.75M on 471 screens and Lego scored an estimated $2M on 483 screens. The Monuments Men dropped 38% in its 2nd weekend for a take of $1.18M on 413 screens and a cume of $3.83M. Universal’s Lone Survivor went out in limited release on Thursday and secured a No. 10 slot and an gross of $392K at 151 dates. It’s still out in the UK & Ireland and its next and last release will be in Korea on April 3.
The Lego Movie was No. 1 in the territory with a 22% jump on opening weekend. It grossed an estimated $755K on 210 screens. 12 Years A Slave was a new entrant with better than previously thought score of $601K at 65 dates — almost 60% of the lifetime gross originally estimated in the market. The Monuments Men had a 2nd frame score of $458K at 100 locations, down 26% from its open.