Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge has crossed the $100M mark at the worldwide box office. The film, which made its premiere to great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, is now at $111M+ worldwide. The current split is $50M international, and $61.1M domestic. The WWII drama has performed particularly well in China where it opened last Thursday. Wrestling with local titles, it grossed nearly $20M in its first five days.
The pacifist story of Desmond T Doss started its career in Venice this year and has found its niche with worldwide audiences. Starring Andrew Garfield in the lead role, it tells the incredible tale of conscientious objector Doss who never carried a gun, yet saved dozens of men from the battle of Okinawa.
As of this past weekend, the film, released domestically by Lionsgate, was still one of the Top 10 grossing movies in the U.S. after over a month in release. The other top markets (IM Global financed and handled sales) include Australia ($5.3M), France ($3.5M), Canada ($3.4M), the Middle East ($2.7M), and Taiwan ($2.7M).
Gibson says, “It’s been an incredibly exciting week for Hacksaw Ridge between three Golden Globe nominations and then learning that the film has surpassed the $100 million mark at the worldwide box office. The amazing commercial response and critical recognition the film has achieved is a testament to the talented creative team, our remarkable cast, and our world-class partnerships with producers Bill Mechanic and David Permut, IM Global, Lionsgate, Cross Creek and so many others who helped make this possible.”
For reference, Gibson’s Apocalypto did 57.8% of its $120.6M global business offshore a decade ago while The Passion Of The Christ did 39.4% of its $612M worldwide tally in 2004.
Rollout on Hacksaw is staggered, hoping to benefit from awards season with plays the UK and Germany going later. This week, the film earned three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Director for Mel Gibson; and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Andrew Garfield. In addition, it has seven Critic Choice nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics; won nine AACTA awards in Oz; and is one of the National Board of Review’s Top 10 Best Films of the Year, as well as one of the 10 films honored this year by the American Film Institute.
Offshore rollout will continue between now and February, including such majors as the UK, Germany and in Latin America.