3rd UPDATE, Monday, 1.45 PM and 3:15 PM: All major titles are updated, including opener Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which has tallied $94.5M worldwide, Guardians of the Galaxy (now at $313M ww), openers Into the Storm, Step Up All In, and holdovers Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Lucy, Boyhood, Neighbors, The Purge: Anarchy, The Fault in Our Stars, How Train Your Dragon 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Blended, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Just received Sony’s final numbers on Sex Tape and 22 Jump Street a little after 3 p.m.
2nd UPDATE, Sunday 2:00 PM: We’ve added openers Into the Storm and about 15 more titles from Universal, Fox, Warner Bros. and others, including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opened in Germany as No. 1 in the marketplace. It has yet to bow in China and has already passed the lifetime gross of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Disney, which crossed the $2B international box office mark, also has another $500M+ international player on their hands in Maleficent (see below).
Also, the comedy sequel Inbetweeners 2 has become the biggest opener of the year in the UK with a $4.5M Wednesday and a total cume of $20.9M in five days, besting Transformers 4 but just a hair behind the original’s $22M opening in 2011 (see below for more details).
There will be no territory-by-territory breakouts, but we did put in highlights from China, Korea and Japan as local titles are very strong in those territories this weekend.
1st UPDATE, Sunday, 9:46 AM: After chalking up $65.5M this weekend domestically, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened to No. 1 in 17 of 19 markets — including in the big markets of Russia and Mexico — to take in $29M on 2,771 screens. In Russia, it opened to No. 1 with $11M or 13% ahead of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and nearly doubling the No. 2 pic in the marketplace — Guardians of the Galaxy in its second weekend out of the gate. In Mexico, the Turtles opened to No. 1, grossing a better than expected $7.1M from 653 locales, besting last weekend’s opening of Guardians of the Galaxy, which took in $6.5M.
Paramount can also boast that its Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the 9th-highest-grossing film of all time with $789.1M after pulling in another $17M in 58 territories. (It’s in 5,229 location). The studio has now opened the film in its final two territories of Japan and Spain. What a summer for director/producer Michael Bay, huh?
For a breakdown, the franchise opened in Japan as the No. 1 U.S. title with a superb $6.4M gross in 337 locales – a 10% jump over the previous Revenge of the Fallen‘s opening weekend there. Spain took in $2.6M for another No. 1 from 382 locales and in its fourth weekend in Germany, it continued to hold well, bringing in $1.8M from 585 runs. Its local cume in Germany is now a whopping $34M.
And what about Guardians of the Galaxy? It has now grossed more than $313M worldwide since bowing last weekend, buoyed by a $176.5M domestic take after this weekend. It took in $41.7M this weekend in more than 50 markets but has yet to bow in some big territories, namely China, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. So it’s still rockin’ and rollin’ around the globe with Russia and the UK becoming its strongest territories so far with $23.9M and $22.8M, respectively. In Russia, it has already run over Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the first Captain, Thor 1 and Iron Man (the first one) — no small feat. And in Australia, it bowed to No. 1 to bring in $6M and, so with previews has culled together a strong $8.2M. It’ll open in France and Spain next weekend and won’t hit China until Oct. 10.
Guardian‘s worldwide gross on IMAX screens is now at $30M. After grossing another $3M on 168 screens, IMAX’s international take for the franchise accounts for $10M with France, the Netherlands, and the Middle East locations readying to bow next weekend. China should be huge.
NOTEWORTHY: Disney’s other huge summer title — Maleficent — has now crossed $500M gross box office internationally for Disney, taking its estimated global tally to $736M. The Angelina Jolie-led fantasy-action film is 2014’s third-highest-grossing global release to date and the highest grossing original movie. It grossed $2.4M more this weekend.
Warner Bros.’ Into the Storm faced off with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Russia this weekend and debuted at No. 3, whirling up $2.65M on 1,120 screens. It also went head to head with the Turtles in Malaysia ($1M from 189 runs), to take No. 2 and besting Expendables and Guardians (in its second weekend) in Thailand. It was the the No. 1 Western film in Thailand with$934K on 200 screens. Storm also bowed in 19 smaller, Eastern European and Asian markets, which makes up only 14% of the international run. On 3,035 runs and with 1.7M admissions in 21 markets, the disaster pic will make around $8.3M for the weekend. Added to its expected $17.3M cume in the United States and its global take is $25.6M and counting. It’s opening next in France on Aug. 13 before rolling out to Germany, the UK, Italy, Korea, Argentina, Brazil and Spain before the month’s out.
The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in Germany this weekend to a strong No. 1. With $6.1M it became the third-highest opening for a U.S. title in 2014, behind only Transformers 4 and The Wolf of Wall Street. This installment also opened 38% higher than its predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It also held strong in its second weekend in France where it was second behind Luc Besson’s Lucy. It only dropped 51% there to grab another $6.4M for a territory cume in France of $23.9M. Overall, Dawn took in another $29.4M this weekend in 70 markets (on 8,582 screens) for a cume that surpasses the lifetime cume of Rise as well. To date, it has taken in $307.97M compared to Rise’s $307.7M, with China still to go, beginning Aug. 29th.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (from DreamWorks/Participant Media) opened in India and we are awaiting word on that from Reliance Media, which is handling international distribution. In the meantime, Warner Bros.’ big Japanese production Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno — which posted the best weekend opener ever last weekend for a live-action film — continued its second weekend to strong results in Japan. It pulled in another $4.3M on 438 screens, outperforming the first by 7%. It only dropped 27% from Saturday to Sunday as local audiences continue to flock to this actioner.
The first film in the series went on to earn about $37M in Japan. The sequel’s debut was 48% bigger than the original’s. It ranked No. 3 behind another local title, Stand by Me Doraemon (which vaulted to the top spot with a $2.2M weekend and a $3.3M cume) and Transformers 4 and ran ahead of Godzilla (which bowed in the country on July 25th). The 10-day cume for Kenshin is a pretty great $19.2M.
In Korea, audiences are flocking to the local title The Admiral: Roaring Currents, which has made $81M to date in the country after a $35M debut. The Han-min Kim directed pic — with eye-capturing key-art and the tagline: 12 Ships Against Hundreds — set an opening day admissions record last Wednesday selling 683K tickets for $4.6M. CJ E&M is releasing the movie that it calls a “mega-scale naval action film.” The other big local title cranking the turnstiles is Pirates, the period sea-faring adventure about the hunt for a gray whale. It sailed in with a mighty $11M over the weekend for a 10-day cume of $13.3M. In three days, it will face off with the high-seas themed, Sea Fog also known as Haemoo, it’s directed by Sim Seong-bo, who co-wrote the script with Bong Joon-ho. Releasing here next weekend will be The Fault in Our Stars from Fox, which now has a a $31M cume in Brazil to become the highest-grossing film of 2014 in that market; it debuts also in Venezuela next weekend. The tearjerker’s overall international cume is now $143.6M after bringing in another $1.2M in 36 markets.
The InBetweeners 2 is doing gangbusters in the UK this weekend, breaking records as the biggest opening weekend of 2014, besting Transformers 4. After releasing here on Wednesday to $4.5M, the total gross is now $20.9M. Terrific numbers for this local title which was the highly-anticipated follow up to the very successful ($82M worldwide) 2011 youth comedy based on the popular TV show. Entertainment is handling here. The comedy was written and directed by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, produced by Spencer Millman.
Step Up All In, currently playing in 34 markets, bowed in Germany this weekend and was the only major territory to debut day and date with the U.S. The dance film, which is the fifth film in the popular international franchise, is handled in the U.S. by Lionsgate now and overseas by LGF’s Summit and Universal. It has so far made around $39.1M internationally. Domestically, it opened to $6.4M so its worldwide gross is $45.6M. Universal’s territories have contributed $1.2M of the weekend’s $9M take.
In Germany, Step Up All In debuted to $2.6M on 418 screens for a strong $6,046 per screen in this territory. Overall, its strongest territory has been France where it has tallied a total of $6.8M to date. It opened in eight new markets and is currently on 2,000 screens. Italy and Spain will open next on August 22nd and Australia will open on Sept. 11 for Universal. Step Up All In marks the fifth film in thefranchise which has become an international hit, having grossed total of nearly $600 million at the worldwide box office to date.
Meanwhile, Lucy — which crossed the $100 million mark worldwide with an estimated $97.4M take in the states and $15.3M from 15 markets around the globe. It opened in 11 new markets this weekend. The ww cume — which we are including non-Universal estimated grosses — is $128.6M after three weeks in release with 44 territories yet to go as it continues its international run through next month (including Germany). Besson’s EuropaCorp is handling the film in France where it experienced the best opening day ever for director Luc Besson. The helmer also had his biggest openings in Turkey ($646K for No. 1), Hungry ($292K) and UAE, where it opened No. 1 ($1.2M on 34 runs), the Philippines and French-Switzerland this weekend. It marked the third-biggest opening for Universal of all time in the UAE. It did NOT beat, however, Guardians of the Galaxy in the Philippines as was thought on Sunday. It came in No. 2 by taking $1.3M on 107 runs. In Australia had a great hold only 46% down from its opening weekend with a $2.4M on 215 runs for a No. 2 position. The eleven-day total Down Under is $8.2M.
In China, Brotherhood of Blades opened to a $4.1M weekend and a total cume of $5.2M. The film, set during the Ming Dynasty period, is a kung fu actioner-romance about three royal guards who are close friends who are tasked with tracking down a powerful exiled eunuch. It stars local actress Cecilia Liu. The director, Lu Yang, previously won the Golden Rooster for his 2010 directing debut, The Spectacular Theatre. In its second weekend out, another local title has audience going back for more: The White-Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom. The film debuted last weekend and took in $44M. This weekend, according to Rentrak, it added another $7.5M. This is a big 3-D player in the country.
Fox/DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 — which will release in China next weekend — flew in with a better than estimated $12M this weekend from 52 markets, bringing its international cume to $319.9M. In its second weekend in Spain, the family film earned $1.19M from 707 runs for a total cume in this territory of $6.3M. It has enjoyed great holds across Europe and in Latin America. It releases also in Italy next weekend. Its biggest territory remains the UK with $33.3M.
The other animated property in the marketplace, Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue opened in the U.K. this weekend to $1.6M, bringing its international total to $38.4M in four weeks of release. It’s in 30 markets, with its strongest being France where it has flown in with $5.1M to date. It grossed $4.6M this weekend.
Hercules (PAR) added another a couple of million less than predicted. It added $5.5M for a cume now of $71.4M in 41 territories. It’s at 5,878 locales. No new territories opened this past weekend but the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starrer will open in Italy on August 13, followed by Mexico on the 22nd, and then France on the 27th. It has yet to open in Brazil, Germany, Spain and Japan.
Sex Tape, the adult comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, opened this weekend in Mexico to a strong $1.9M on 744 screens, almost tripling that of the acting duo’s last outing Bad Teacher, Sony said. It also logged an opening that was 96% stronger than Fox’s The Other Woman (which also starred Diaz). Maybe it’s the title? Hmmmm … it was also opened 21% than the opening of Universal’s Neighbors. Yeah, gotta be the title. Belgium was almost double the opening of The Other Woman and took in $540K. Its total cume is now $26.2M, having grabbed another $6M this weekend in 32 markets. Big markets still remain for this title — Brazil (Aug. 21), and the UK, France and Germany all bowing in September.
Meanwhile, Blended — another romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore — is still playing in 35 markets overseas to take in another $1.6M for an overseas cume of $75.2M to date internationally. Its strongest market has been Mexico where it has grossed $12.6M to date.
The Purge: Anarchy had no new openings this weekend. It grossed $3.8M in 35 territories to bring is international cume to $26.8M. Its worldwide total is … get this … $95.3M through Sunday. Very profitable film.
Meanwhile, Neighbors opened to No. 3 in France with $2M in 308 runs to help raise its international cume to $112M. It opened behind Lucy and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in France, and bested Bridesmaids ($1.4) and We Are the Millers ($1.4M). The Seth Rogen comedy only has three more territories to open this month (French-Switzerland, Italy, Venezuela) before it’s done with its international run. Its total global cume is $261.9M. There’s something to be said for a strong R-rated comedy. Speaking of which:
22 Jump Street grossed another $4M this weekend in 41 territories to bring its total cume to $108.8M. It is still playing on 1,475 screens. While it opened in Greece neck in neck with the first installment, the big news for its weekend is that it held very well in Germany where it debuted last weekend for Sony. It only fell 40% to gross another $2.5M. It’s market total in Germany is now $8.7M.
There were no new openings for Boyhood this weekend, so we’ll just give you a quick update. The Richard Linklater film has garnered $7.3M in the 5 territories that Universal handles. It rolls out in a number of new territories though the end of this month, including the Middle East and Singapore.
PREVIOUSLY: Saturday, 9:59 AM: As the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles slice their way through domestic box office this weekend with a potential $65M, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael are bowing in 19 overseas markets with a cume of $12M through Friday. The Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies reboot is being led by Russia with a two-day cume of $5.5M. This is getting to be a serious trend, with Russia the lead debut market for several movies this year, including last week’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and the week prior’s Hercules. Despite ongoing diplomatic issues, and the potential for a cap on Hollywood imports down the line with Vladimir Putin having banned food imports from the West this week, Turtle soup wasn’t on the menu.
TMNT also opened in Mexico on Thursday and has a two-day cume of $2.6M. Elsewhere, it had a $310K Friday in Taiwan and earned $285K in Indonesia. Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Abby Elliott, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson and Minae Noji star in the Michael Bay-produced film that’s directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Previous adaptations of the comic series include 2007’s animated TMNT on a budget of $34M, which made about $95M worldwide (with about $13M less internationally than in North America), and 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, budgeted at about $13.5M, with a little over $200M in global box office. That film made twice as much domestic as overseas, but those were the days before the powerhouse, if sometimes fast-burn, markets such as Russia, China, and Korea rose to their current prominence. I’ll have expanded numbers tomorrow on Turtles and the other major new entry Into The Storm (which also bowed in Russia). We’ll also find out how Lucy is continuing to fare in France after giving Luc Besson his best opening ever on Wednesday, and we’ll check in with The Inbetweeners sequel in the UK, where the movie broke the all-time comedy debut record earlier this week.