The milestones are coming a bit more spaced out for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as it enters its 5th frame. But they are indeed still coming. Having added $10.9M on Wednesday and $8.8M on Thursday internationally, the offshore cume is now $966.7M. That sees it ascend the No. 5 spot ever at the overseas box office, moving just past Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($960.5M). The global total will pass $1.8B when today’s figures are tallied. The cume is currently $1,792.6M.
In rankings outside North America, China has passed Japan to claim the No. 4 spot and should move past France today to take No. 3. The total after Thursday was $75.3M, per Disney. Local research firm Ent Group puts it at over $81M with today’s grosses. Accordingly, TFA is still No. 1 in the Middle Kingdom despite the arrival of a local picture which looks to have had more showtimes on Friday. However, those are unofficial figures.
TFA has this and the next frame essentially to itself as the only major Western title in the Middle Kingdom and business in the major cities tends to pick up at the weekend. I’ve heard industry estimates of it hitting $110M-$120M. While those may not be the lofty numbers some were suggesting a few weeks ago, it’s still a strong result for a movie that’s essentially new IP. Disney’s own Iron Man 3, by comparison, grossed $121M in 2013. Eight quota films out of 34 crossed $100M in the PROC last year while some that were expected to, got close but fell victim to the pre-blackout bottleneck that was November.
With $34M to go, TFA is likely eyeing the $1B mark on Sunday. New films entering offshore play this weekend include Sony disaster pic The 5th Wave and the expansions of The Revenant, The Big Short and Creed among others.