3rd UPDATE, 2:45 PM (PT): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the YA hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox’s The Book Of Life and Relativity’s The Best Of Me are below. Sony and QED International’s No. 1 box office player in North America this week — the Brad Pitt-starring Fury which took in $23.7M — will have a big rollout next weekend (see below for details).
2ND UPDATE, SUNDAY, 5:19 PM PT: Guardians Of The Galaxy marked a return to the top of the international box office this weekend, thanks in large part to China — where its local title translates to Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team, helmer James Gunn tweeted earlier this month. The Disney/Marvel space hit now has $69M there and was given a slightly wider berth than other Hollywood movies that are going out this month: GOTG opened on Oct 10 and will have had 11 days in the market before Hercules muscles in on Oct 21, followed in rapid succession by The Maze Runner on Oct 28 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Oct 31. The French-produced Lucy also has an Oct 24 release to further complicate matters.
Elsewhere, despite the strong holds this week of Dracula Untold, Gone Girl and Annabelle, as well as the resurgent Ninja Turtles and The Maze Runner which made strong European debuts, the international frame was down a slight 11% across the top studio titles on last weekend. Last week, all of the top films hovered around the $30M mark. Compared to the same frame last year, the weekend was about a 17% increase. Top films around the world at that time included Gravity, Turbo and The Wolverine.
Among the films working the global box office courtesy of various distributors, Chinese juggernaut Breakup Buddies took a further $10M this frame to bring its cume to $164.3M across three markets. The previous film from the same team, Lost In Thailand, topped out at about $208M. In France, Samba, the follow-up to directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s The Intouchables, opened Wednesday. This is roughly the same time of the year that the previous film debuted in 2011 before taking more than $425M worldwide and over $160M at home. Samba stars Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg and faced stiff competition from The Maze Runner which also opened this week in France and skews younger. Samba ended up with No. 1 bragging rights as it took in just a couple thousand Euros more than the YA actioner. Fox reported a final $5.2M for TMR. A Walk Among the Tombstones also footed into France this frame along with Russia and other markets. In 15 markets it added an estimated $3M over the weekend for an international cume of $16.5M.
Mexico may have chosen controversy over family animation this weekend with a strong opening for Luis Estrada’s political satire The Perfect Dictatorship (La Dictadura Perfecta). The film earned an estimated $3.4M, according to Rentrak. Fox has The Book Of Life at $3.84M, but local intel suggests it came in under Dictatorship and we confirmed on Monday that it did. The Mexican film, which is described as a dark parody that looks at the cozy relationship between the political class and private mass media, took the weekend. Damián Alcázar stars.
Korea’s My Love, My Bride added $2.4M for a total of $9.25M at home. The Lim Chan-Sang-directed remake of the 1990 romcom was No. 1 last weekend.
Finally, the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Best Of Me was new to the charts. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star in the indie release and Relativity has this Monday reported all of the markets earned a combined final total of $1.88M overseas, earning the most from the UK which on 360 screens earned $1M and change where E-One is distributing. The Middle East and UAE totaled $242,277 via distributor Gulf Film.
Pulling out the big guns next weekend is Fury, this week’s domestic No. 1, which goes to about 25 markets including the UK where it closed the London Film Festival this weekend. On deck in Russia is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6. It will bow there just after opening the Tokyo Film Festival. The story of the special bond that develops between inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada has distinctly Japanese elements – it’s set in San Fransokyo – but won’t go wide in that market until Dec 20. A week before Halloween, Universal’s Ouija from producers Michael Bay and Jason Blum will go out in parts of Eastern Europe and Asia. Bill Murray in St Vincent is also making a first offshore appearance next frame in some smaller territories before rolling out through February. The UK will get the first release of the long-delayed Serena from Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The period movie just appeared at the London Film Fest. In expansions, hit horror pic Annabelle will get dolled up for nine new markets including Mexico; Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day adds five markets including the UK and Brazil; Gone Girl turns up in Korea; Guardians opens in Italy, its last market; and The Judge bangs the gavel in France, Spain, Italy and Mexico among others.
1ST UPDATE, 1:04 PM PT: Warner Bros is now in with Annabelle at $19.6M from 4,660 screens in 52 markets. The international cume to date is now $92.6M, which is running 2% ahead of The Conjuring at the same point in its release. After edging out Gone Girl in the overseas hair-pull last weekend, Annabelle has come in just under the David Fincher film’s $20.2M estimated take this frame. Breakdowns of figures for the horror spinoff as well as Warner’s The Judge are inserted in the original post below. More to follow.
PREVIOUS, 12:20 PM PT: International weekend estimates are in from all studios, save Warner Bros. While we wait to find out how much Annabelle scared up overseas, below are the highlights from the rest of the majors. This frame didn’t mirror the domestic box office much: Fury won’t roll out overseas until next weekend and some of the older movies on release abroad got a big boost from key offshore openings that pushed them closer to the top of the heap. Notably, Guardians Of The Galaxy is nearing $70M in China for the 2nd weekend in a row and has crossed several milestones this week including becoming the 3rd highest-grossing Marvel film of all time behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Also notable, Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung past the $700M global box office mark this frame to become the 5th highest grossing film internationally in 2014 with a new international total of $494.7M; it is now the 8th highest grossing film of all time for Fox International. And, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got a $20M jolt from new openings throughout Europe.
After a week in local release, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy has now amassed $68.9M in China, meaning the Middle Kingdom has handily become its best overseas market — ahead of the UK, Russia, Australia and Germany. In total in its 12th weekend of offshore play, it added a final $22M in Groot-loot from 22 territories — $21.3M came from China for a 29% drop from last frame. It should continue to play for the next two weeks, although Hercules and The Maze Runner are the next Hollywood movies to muscle in on Oct 21 and Oct 28, respectively. Next weekend, GOTG travels to its last opening in Italy.
GOTG set several milestones this week. On Wednesday, it became the 7th film of 2014 to cross $700M globally, now with $732.5M. This weekend, it also became the 8th film of 2014 to gross $400M internationally, now with $404.7M. Surpassing the lifetime worldwide gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s now the 3rd highest grossing Marvel film of all time behind only The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
Last week’s No. 1 international title, Dracula Untold, added an estimated $22.5M this frame at 6,619 dates in 55 territories. The overseas tally is approaching $100M in bloodsucking money with $95.7M. In all, the worldwide cume is $136.4M. Bowing in 14 new markets, DU had No. 1s in ten of them: India, Bolivia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Philippines, Slovakia, Thailand, Trinidad and Vietnam.
Thailand was the best new opening with $1.1M at 95 dates. In holds, Russia is an impressive No. 1 for the second week in a row. The backstory of Vlad Tepes with Luke Evans in the lead role directed by Gary Shore has now grossed $16.7M there, putting it in the Top 20 for the year. It added $4.3M at 1,084 dates this frame. It also had a strong second weekend in South Korea, logging in $2.3M at 329 dates for a 12-day total of $7.5M. Also holding at No. 1 for the second time is Peru with $523K at 75 dates and an 11-day total of $1.8M. Universal has six territories still to open including Brazil, Hungary, Spain and Uruguay next weekend.
Fox’s Gone Girl had new openings this weekend in the UAE and Israel (both were No. 1s) and overall uncovered $20.2M from 5,370 screens in 59 markets. The UK continues as the most avid territory with an added $3.86M at 800 plays. The cume there is now $23.1M and the film was No. 2 in the frame. Australia, where David Fincher’s psychological thriller was No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive weekend, is the 2nd market with an extra $2.89M for a $14.88M cume. Drops elsewhere were slight with No. 3 market Russia down 37% ($9.2M cume); Germany dipping 20% ($7.4M cume); and Taiwan up 33% ($2.04M cume). Hong Kong and Singapore are both steady at No. 1, defying the fast-burn nature of the markets. The international cume now stands at $94.7M, with releases in Korea, Italy, and Japan still to come.
Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finally ambled over to some key European markets in what has been a gradual rollout for the Jonathan Liebesman-helmed actioner. The full offshore weekend was worth $20M that came from 33 territories for a to-date cume of $185.5M. In the UK, the debut was a strong $7.7M from 522 sites. Paramount is using another critter in a shell as a comp with TMNT 26% above the bow of Turbo on the same weekend last year. In a crowded France field, TMNT took $4.1M including previews. Germany also had a strong TMNT open with $3.6M from 327 locations. In Spain, local comedy Torrente V was finally dethroned by the Ninjas who had a No. 1 start that generated $1.5M at 327 sites. Other openings included Austria ($436K from 60, No. 1), Belgium ($434K from 75, No. 2) and South Africa ($366K from 87, No. 1). China and Japan will be the last territories to catch up with Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo on Oct 31 and Feb 7, respectively. It will be the last major Hollywood title to release this year in the Middle Kingdom.
Scaring up $19.6M overseas this frame, Annabelle now has an international cume of $92.6M. It opened in Sweden with $423K from 52 screens and ranking No. 2 behind the opening of local family franchise Lasselmaja, and ahead of Gone Girl in its 2nd frame. The Swedish debut is 30% ahead of The Conjuring and surpassed the lifetime box office of comps Carrie, The Purge, Sinister and The Purge: Anarchy, per Warner. In Brazil, the doll was No. 1 again with an estimated $3.2M from 501 screens. It now has a tally there of $8M. France was a soft drop of 14% for $3M and a $7.1M cume. The UK also saw a small drop of 25% with an estimated $2.35M added from 394 screens and a running total of $7.4M. Spain and Germany were good holds with respective cumes of $2.9M and $2.3M. Brazil remains the top market followed by the UK, France, Korea and Russia.
The Maze Runner chased down $17.5M from 4,664 screens in 67 markets in its 6th weekend outing. In France, it was neck-and-neck with the debut of Samba, the follow-up to Gaumont’s megahit The Intouchables, with a better than expected $5.2M but Samba won out for the No. 1 spot by a nose. Maze Runner It also bowed in Belgium to $1M and a No. 1. Both debuts were above Hunger Games levels, Fox says. In the UK, where the cume is now $7.15M, the thriller was down 25% to $2.38M; Italy saw a 26% drop to $854K and a $2.5M cume; and Korea, the picture’s biggest overseas market, added $895K for a total of $20.1M. Maze Runner is now the 8th highest grossing Fox film of all time in that market. The international cume is now $163.39M.
Opening The Book Of Life in 19 more markets, Fox cracked a final $8.45M from 3,683 screens. Mexico and Brazil had promising starts with $3.7M and $1.87M respectively. (In Mexico, it was No 2 behind local title Perfect Dictatorship which is helmer Luis Estrada’s satirical take on the country’s ruling class and its ties to the media.) Book Of Life is exec produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge R Gutierrez whose animation is bright and eye-catching with a story that travels through different worlds. Play is expected to be very solid on the Latin-themed family pic through to the Dia de los Muertos holiday that runs from Oct 31-Nov 2 in Mexico and elsewhere. The UK, France, and Belgium release next weekend in advance of October school holidays.
Denzel Washington as The Equalizer grossed a final 7.9M in 71 territories this frame to take the cume to $69.8M. Sony Pictures Releasing International’s portion of that is $62.8M and Village Roadshow’s total is $7.9M. There were launches in Spain and Argentina where local films have been playing strongly in the past weeks. In the former, The Equalizer grabbed $1.2M on 344 screens for the No. 3 slot behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sony’s local hit Torrente V (which also made $12.M for a total $11M cume). Argentina bowed to $284K on 74 screens, giving Washington his best opening weekend there, double the launch of 2 Guns and six times the opening of Taken. In holdovers, Germany added $1.5M, down 34% for a $4.7M cume; Italy fell 32%, taking $849K for a total $2.5M; and the UK dropped 31% in its 4th weekend, adding $691K for a total tally in the country of $10.3M so far.
Also debuting to decent numbers this weekend in Germany, Austria and Switzerland was Die Vampireschwestern 2 (The Vampire Sisters) which drank in $1.2M on 579 screens for its second feature installment.
Robert Downey Jr/Robert Duvall drama The Judge added an estimated $6.8M from 2,870 screens in a total of 37 markets. The international cume is now a better than expected $9.2M. Russia was a strong opening at No. 2 with a final $1.6M from 795 screens – a nice performance for a straight drama in the market. Brazil also opened to $731K from 172 screens. On 80 screens in Taiwan, The Judge ruled the No. 2 position with $569K. It was behind Gone Girl there in its 2nd frame and ahead of the 2nd weekend of Dracula Untold.
The Boxtrolls, handled by Universal internationally, grossed $3.2M at 2,504 dates in 32 territories this frame. That brings its overseas tally to $36.4M. France opened Wednesday to $531K at 302 dates, a relatively small release. The film will likely benefit from the school holidays for the next two weeks. In its 6th frame in the UK, The Boxtrolls took an estimated $743K at 481 dates for a 38-day total of $11.9M. There are still 23 territories to go including Germany next weekend.
Fox International Productions’ Bollywood bonanza Bang Bang has now taken around $47M at the worldwide box office after adding $1.55M this frame. In India, it’s still No. 1 after three weeks with a total of $32.4M. It’s now the the 5th highest grossing Bollywood film of all time at the international box office, and the top Bollywood film at the North American box office this year. Sex Tape, the Sony comedy starring Cameron Diaz, debuted in India and was good for No. 3 in the country with $186K on 293 screens. The romp is still playing in 23 markets, grossed another $720K on 760 screens to bring its total cume up to $85.6M.
Let’s Be Cops booked a nice haul of $1.4M from 392 screens in a total of 21 markets. Revving up in Hong Kong this frame, it debuted in the No. 2 slot with a better than expected $344K. The international take is now $33.3M.
Luc Besson’s stunner Lucy has now opened in all of the territories where Universal is handling. The weekend brought in another $1.1M at 873 dates in 40 territories for a total of $230.1M. Combined with the EuropaCorp territories, the weekend estimate is $1.4M for an international total of $288.7M and a worldwide bounty of $415M.
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opened in the Philippines this weekend and added a much better than expected $2.4M across a total 15 territories raising its final cume to $7.5M offshore total after two frames. Mexico is still tops for the Disney family comedy with $2.7M. Next weekend brings openings in the UK, Hong Kong, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Trinidad.
22 Jump Street is still running around in 18 markets on 167 screens to make another $608K. The total cume now internationally is $137.4M. It just launched to the No. 2 spot in Venezuela for Sony grossing $526K on 48 screens. Also in this territory Universal opened The Purge: Anarchy but it stepped in much lower because it was playing on fewer screens. In only 14 dates it bowed at No. 6 with $138K and opened 40% bigger than the original installment a year ago. The dystopian horror film still has two more territories to open in — India (Nov. 14) and Brazil (on Dec. 18).
Hercules, which goes out in China on Tuesday, added $137K from 17 territories this weekend, taking the overseas cume to $154.5M — and that includes the MGM-distributed markets’ cume of $11.3M). Expect the haul for Hercules to grow substantially stronger after this week as Japan bows on Friday.