The first international territories got a look at Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight beginning on Wednesday, cornering an early $2M in box office. France, a market that reveres the director, opened to 125K admissions for $890K (including previews) via SND. The snowy showdown played on 634 screens including one in 70mm at the Gaumont Marignan on the Champs-Elysées.
The French score was 88% of the admissions for all opening films this week which included a host of local pics. On Wednesday, The Hateful Eight also was the No. 1 movie in the Hexagon, outperforming Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ $500K in the dailies. By way of comps, Tarantino’s last film, Django Unchained, ultimately grossed about $37M in France; Germany was its biggest offshore play at nearly $52M. Germany opens TH8 later this month.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, the Weinstein Co western bowed in Belgium to $92K, coming in just behind TFA. Brazil grossed $620K in previews and Scandinavia made over $350K on three 70mm screens.
Releasing today are Brazil, Chile, the Netherlands, Korea, Israel, Greece, Turkey and some Eastern European markets. The rest of Scandinavia outside Finland will release this weekend as well.
While there is 70mm built in to the offshore release pattern, the only territory to replicate the U.S.’ exclusive 70mm week prior to the wide release is Australia. Oz gets the movie in the format on January 14 before going wide on January 21.