Scoring a hat trick, Lionsgate has passed the $1B mark at the international box office for the third year in a row. The exact estimate after this frame is $1,000,302,862. That’s largely off the wings of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 which now has an overseas cume of $334M. This weekend, Mockingjay added $16M in offshore coin, playing in 86 markets. Brazil has now passed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s lifetime gross and that’s also occurred in 24 other territories including Chile, Venezuela, Central America and Portugal. The Top 5 Mockingjay markets are now the UK ($42.9M), Germany ($32.7M), Australia ($24.8M), France ($22.7M) and Mexico ($22.3M).
The global cume on the penultimate Hunger Games installment is now estimated at $611.4M. After leading the international box office for three consecutive weeks, Mockingjay is still playing but will see its flight path begin to shorten somewhat as competition heats up around the globe with such new and upcoming releases as The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb and Into The Woods joining the international marketplace. However, there are still two Mockingjay releases to come: Japan on June 5 next year and China, tentatively on February 8. Catching Fire made about $28M in China last year.
Other titles helping push Lionsgate past $1B internationally this year include Divergent, 12 Years A Slave, Pompeii and Transcendence. By December 23 last year, Lionsgate had achieved a $1.2B+ overseas gross thanks to Catching Fire, but also the phenomenon that was Now You See Me. That heist sleeper took everyone by surprise, grossing over $230M internationally. Lionsgate won’t have the sequel to that film until 2016, but next year has Insurgent, Child 44, and Mockingjay – Part 2 waiting in the wings.