New Line/MGM/Warner Bros’ summer counter-programmer Me Before You crossed $200 million at the worldwide box office today. Not bad for a weepy with only about a $20M budget. Based on Jojo Moyes’ 2012 bestseller, the film from director Thea Sharrock has now grossed $200.7M. The breakdown is $144.4M international and $56.3M domestic. It went out in Italy this past weekend and was a clear No. 1 there. Japan is the final offshore release market October 2.
MGM acquired the book in 2013 and the studio oversaw its production with Moyes adapting her own novel for the big screen. It was marketed by New Line and Warner Bros stateside and distributed by Warner Bros. worldwide.
The Sam Claflin-Emilia Clarke romance opened internationally back on June 2, just ahead of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Its best comps have been 2014’s The Fault In Our Stars which similarly played through a major footie frenzy, acting as a great alternative to the World Cup that year.
Me Before You‘s moving love story features Game Of Thrones’ Clarke as a small-town girl who falls for the recently paralyzed man (Claflin) for whom she is caring. It faced some backlash from the disabled community over the right to die, but received an A CinemaScore domestically and was a constant earner over the summer.
It kicked off to a strong start in the UK, holding No. 1 for two weeks, and Korea. Then added other majors like Brazil (TFIOS‘ breakout market) and the rest of Europe, save Italy which went just last week and grossed $2.5M for the debut on 413 screens (that included sneaks). It had more than double the next highest per screen average in the market.
The top offshore plays are Germany ($20.1M), Brazil ($17.1M), the U.K. ($13.7M), Mexico ($11.6M) and Australia ($9.1M). As a side note, it’s also the No. 1 film in Norway this year with a $5.4M gross.
Alison Owen and Karen Rosenfelt are Me Before You‘s producers. The film was executive produced by Sue Baden-Powell.