UPDATE, WRITETHRU: With very strong holds throughout Europe and significant jumps in Asia, Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw an international weekend gross of $96.3M, a 29.7% drop from frame 2. After 19 days in release, the offshore cume is $770.5M and the global total is $1,510.766M.
At the worldwide box office, SWTFA is now the No. 3 movie of 2015 behind Furious 7 ($1.515B) and Jurassic World ($1.67B). Yesterday, it passed Avengers: Age Of Ultron to become the No. 6 movie ever globally and will soon lap Furious 7 and Marvel’s The Avengers to rise to the No. 4 all-time worldwide box office slot.
Internationally, the next major record TFA has in its sights is to crack the Top 10. It currently sits at No. 15 and should break past No. 10 Minions ($821M) later this week. Later this week of course brings China with it on January 9.
In the Middle Kingdom, SWTFA will add 268 IMAX screens. Already playing on 673 around the world, it pushed the cume to $152M this weekend to become IMAX’s 2nd highest-grossing title ever. In a record 19 days, The Force overtook Avatar which had previously made it to the benchmark in 47 days — and with a China release included. The current per screen average for Star Wars in IMAX is $226K.
Overseas, $7.7M was added this session on 282 IMAX screens in 59 countries. The offshore cume is now $53.4M. IMAX notes that four-quadrant passion for the film is giving it “unprecedented legs” and that has allowed many of the so-called fast-burn markets to stay flat or grow. To wit, Russia was up 5% in IMAX and 2% overall.
Also showing IMAX growth was the UK (+10%). Earlier this week, the film set a record in the format there. After 13 days of release, it had taken over £8.2M ($12.16M) in IMAX, besting Spectre‘s previous UK record.
In regular play, SWTFA became the market’s fastest ever to the £80M benchmark and this weekend surpassed Spectre in local currency, with £97.6M according to Disney, to become the biggest movie released in 2015. It also sped past Avatar and its £94.03M to advance to the No. 2 all-time spot behind Skyfall (£102.9M). JJ Abrams’ franchise entry also became Disney’s top title ever in the territory. The local dollar cume with Sunday’s grosses is $145M.
Across Europe, SWTFA is the 5th highest-grossing release of all-time closing in fast on Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Skyfall. Germany is the No. 2 international market with an estimated cume to date of $81.M, making it the top film of 2015 and highest grossing Disney release ever.
Elsewhere in Europe, Episode VII is the No. 1 live-action release of 2015 in Italy ($24.9M); the top MPAA release of the year in Spain ($27.4M); and the biggest Disney release ever in France ($67.1M). Overall, the weekend dropped off by only 28% across the region.
Russia, notably a fast-burn market, grew 2% this frame just ahead of the New Year Holiday Week that kicks off tomorrow. The total there is $22.9M.
In Asia, Japan leads the way with an estimated $52.9M to date. The slow-burn market saw a weekend jump of 13% from last frame.
Australia has an estimated $50.7M cume to date — it’s the No. 2 movie ever there, behind Avatar. Also Down Under, New Zealand saw an increase of 21%. Kids are on summer break in the markets.
Across Latin America, SWTFA has remained No. 1 in most markets. Holds have been consistent. Mexico now has a cume of $24.5M and Brazil is at $21.2M to date.
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