Dwayne Johnson was 2013’s top international box office draw among Hollywood stars, and this year sees him continue to add — especially with his participation in Furious 7 — to his overseas cachet. His latest lead role is in Warner Bros’ San Andreas which is dominating domestic play. Internationally, the disaster pic has taken $21.4M through Friday after beginning rollout on Wednesday. Johnson helped raise the quakes overseas by participating in a two-week worldwide tour.
The Brad Peyton-helmed action thriller is now open in 60 offshore markets after kicking off in four on Wednesday, including France, and adding 38 on Thursday (majors in the mix were Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil and Australia) and a further 18 on Friday — the UK and Mexico notably among them. San Andreas hit $13.5M on the richter scale on Friday from 14,444 screens across all 60 markets. Per Warner, the score was good for No. 1s in all key markets in release. Combined with the Wednesday/Thursday takes, that brings the total thus far to $21.4M. Johnson’s last outing as lead was last year’s Brett Ratner-directed Hercules which topped out at $171M abroad after opening in late July to $28.7M in 25 markets which included Russia and other areas where the greenback continues to be hard hit by currency devaluations.
Friday highlights for San Andreas include the increasingly lucrative Mexico where it notched $2.5M from 2,701 screens. That was the best ever Friday start for a disaster movie. In the UK, there was a $1.9M shock from 840 screens.
Russia‘s two-day cume is $2.2M while in Oz The Rock has rocked up $885K and was No. 1 on Friday. Brazil was also No. 1 on Friday with 45% of the Top 5 market share. The two-day cume there is $872K.
France also is performing well with 38% of the Top 5 market share and a cume since Wednesday of $1.3M. Germany had a No. 1 Friday with $483K from 640 screens and 96% of the box office generated by 3D screens. The cume to date is $835K. Italy rose to rank No. 1 on Friday — facing off with Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes entry Youth — with $181K from 394 screens for a cume to date of $318K.
In the Asian markets where San Andreas has released — including Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia — it has a $3.7M total to date. The aforementioned plays are all No. 1s.
Still to come next week are key Asia territories that include China, Korea and Hong Kong. Spain bows June 26.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a full rundown of San Andreas‘ weekend numbers in my overall international box office report which will also include the continued plays of Tomorrowland, Poltergeist, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2, among others.