3rd UPDATE, MONDAY 5:28 PM PT: Actuals are in from the major studios with numbers updated throughout the posts below. Notably, Fox’s The Maze Runner came out fleeter of foot than previously predicted with a $14.58M opening in China versus the $13.7M estimate. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles maintained its No. 1 spot in the market with $26.5M and increased its overall weekend take to $34.9M, while Annabelle was up slightly, scaring up $14.3M in offshore coin. Most of the other titles were on par with estimates.
Along with the above films, figures have been updated below for Guardians Of The Galaxy, Gone Girl, Fury, Dracula Untold, Big Hero 6, John Wick, Lucy, The Book Of Life, Ouija, The Judge, The Equalizer, The Boxtrolls, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Nightcrawler, Hercules and Happy New Year. Below the original post, there are also actuals on films not included in the Sunday report: Let’s Be Cops, Ice Age: The Meltdown 3D, Boyhood, The Seventh Dwarf, Wild Tales, Rurouni Kenshin, Die Vampirschwestern 2, Torrente 5, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape, Who Am I and Whiplash.
Notably, we now have UK figures for Cannes Best Actor winner Mr Turner which eOne is releasing. The film opened to £900K ($1.44M) from 129 screens for the highest per-screen average of any film in the marketplace. The debut gave helmer Mike Leigh his biggest start ever at home and was more than double his previous best, Happy Go Lucky. Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall, picked up five British Independent Film Award nominations today. It will expand throughout the month, almost doubling the locations next weekend.
2ND UPDATE, 4:43 PM PT: Despite some strong performances, and new benchmarks reached this weekend, it was a somewhat slow affair across the international marketplace. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came back out of its shell to make a $26.5M debut in China and added $34.9M total to win the weekend. It was followed by The Maze Runner with $14.58M in China and $24.7M overall, crossing the $200M international box office mark in the process. Guardians Of The Galaxy leapfrogged Maleficent to become 2014’s No. 2 movie globally, and a host of films fed frights into the Halloween holiday including Annabelle, Dracula Untold and Ouija. Around this time last year, the major movies included Thor: The Dark World, which hammered out a $109.4M overseas opening before its domestic release, and Gravity, which continued its worldwide orbit.
Next weekend, we head to outer space again when Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated Interstellar starts a massive global roll out. Nolan’s last non-Batman film as director, 2010’s Inception, earned about $533M of its roughly $825M from offshore markets. Back then, its top market was China, but Interstellar won’t bow there until November 12. Other key territories were Nolan’s homeland the UK, Japan (release November 22), France and Korea. Across Europe, and notably in France, the UK, Germany and Spain next week, Hollywood is staying out of Interstellar’s trajectory with no other new major studio releases. In some smaller markets, though, the latest Jason Blum production, Jessabelle, will look to spirit up a counterprogramming alternative. Other counterprogrammers like Big Hero 6 and The Boxtrolls, will also expand in some of the Interstellar markets. I’ll be back with updated actuals tomorrow on all of this weekend’s studio films plus notable indies in various markets. In the meantime, see below the original post for some noteworthy local movies including Indian birthday boy Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year and China’s Kung Fu Jungle.
1ST UPDATE, 12:33 PM PT: Fox, Sony and Warner Bros have now weighed in with their international weekend estimates which have been added to the original post below. Fresh off the news that it has set a new industry box office record, Fox had this week’s second-biggest overseas picture with The Maze Runner, which earned $24.7M to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ $34.9M. Both pics were buoyed by debuts in China. Fox’s Gone Girl added a $15.84M dose of box office with increases in some markets, and Warner’s Annabelle continued her scare tactics to come thisclose to $150M. See below for more with further updates to come.
PREVIOUS, 10:11 AM PT: This weekend’s notable activity included Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Fox’s The Maze Runner entering China along with other expansions. Nightcrawler also began its overseas run in the UK and some smaller markets. Among the big holdover results is that Guardians Of The Galaxy has now surpassed Maleficent to become the 2nd highest grossing film of 2014 globally, behind only Transformers: Age Of Extinction. More on that, the Turtles‘ $26.5M bow in China and other weekend warriors below. Numbers will be updated throughout as they arrive from Fox, Sony and Warner Bros.
Guardians Of The Galaxy has now been on release in China for 23 days and has lifted its cume there to $94.3M with an added $2.4M this frame. Overall overseas, the weekend was worth $3.6M with all territories now released. Guardians has found much favor in the Middle Kingdom which loves the Marvel brand – and has made the movie Disney’s 3rd most successful title ever in the market. China is also the top ex-U.S. play for the film, doubling the UK take ($47.5M) which is the next highest figure among overseas territories. The international cume now stands at $435.7M with a worldwide tally of $765.07M. That takes GOTG past the total of Disney’s own Maleficent ($759M), and makes the James Gunn-helmed space romp the second highest grossing film of 2014 to date globally. Guardians will get one more frame out of China where the typical window is four weeks.
Also in China, the Ninjas on the half shell rolled in on Halloween and scored a No. 1 $26.5M opening frame. That contributed to an overall $34.9M offshore weekend in 31 territories. The international total is now $244.2M and the global haul is $434.52M through Sunday.
Playing at 4,750 locations in China, TMNT was up against Fox’s The Maze Runner and Paramount’s own Hercules in a crowded month in the Middle Kingdom. The latter film tapered off quickly, earning only $745K internationally this weekend from 5,091 locales for an international cume of $168.2M. Numbers on Maze Runner are still to come.
Elsewhere, TMNT held well in the UK, adding $2.3M from 510 dates for a $18.9M total. France was off 29% in its 3rd weekend with $2.5M at 568 sites. The total there is now $13.2M. Germany served up a 30% decline with $1.5M in the 3rd frame. That ended up as a No. 1 hold ahead of The Maze Runner and new entry, Love Rosie, the romantic comedy that stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin and was produced by Germany’s Constantin. TMNT still has Japan to go, but that won’t be until February 7 next year.
Fox’s The Maze Runner sped into China this frame with $14.58M from 3,700 screens. That gave the movie 2nd place behind Turtles which had about 1,000 more screens. In all, TMR added $24.7M this weekend with the cume surpassing $200M to $210.4M. The Wes Ball-helmed sci-fi actioner is going gangbusters in France where it is No. 1 for the 2nd week in a row off only an 18% drop. The cume there is $18.44M making France the film’s biggest ex-U.S. territory. A local distributor this week praised the movie’s marketing campaign and the concept which have very easily translated to strong audience numbers. It’s also playing great in Germany where it’s also No. 1 again and had a miniscule 3% drop. The cume there is $6M. Behind France and China, the UK is the biggest overseas play for TMR with a cume of $12.5M. Venezuela was a new market with $479K at 29 dates, No. 2 behind Annabelle.
Gone Girl traced another $15.84M this frame for a total of $143.5M. Korea can’t get enough of the David Fincher pic, upping the frame over last week’s opening. It grossed $4M on 684 screens, elevating its cume to $9.23M. In France, the film made $1.62M on 428 screens for a total of $11.36M. The UK is still the lady’s best market with $31.2M to date, followed by Australia with $19.16M. Meanwhile, India opened with $548K from 155 screens.
Rolling into Russia, Brad Pitt-starrer Fury had a solid $3.1M opening on 900 screens. That was good for No. 2 in the market where family animation Big Hero 6 is tops during the school holiday period. It also bested by 69% the opening of Quentin Tarantino’s war-themed Inglourious Basterds, in which Pitt starred. In Ukraine, it was No. 1 with $420K on 167 screens and in Finland, it earned $172K on 63 screens, also a No. 1. Among holdovers, the UK was off 38% in the 2nd frame with $2M for a $9M cume; Australia was down 26% to $1.7M and a $4.8M total at No. 1; France dropped 30% with $1.4M and a $4.3M cume; the Netherlands slipped 29% to $479K and a $1.4M cume — but maintained 1st place; and Belgium was up 2% to $390K for a $906K take thus far. In total, Sony’s WW II movie earned $14.9M in 44 markets, bringing the overseas cume to $38.1M. SPRI markets grossed an estimated $11.1M, giving Sony a cume of $28.4M. The QED International markets collected an estimated $3.8M with a cume of $9.7M.
Warner Bros’ doll of a tale, Annabelle, scared up another $14.3M on a weekend that was tailor-made for horror. There were over 2,600 admissions on roughly 5,700 screens in 61 markets. The Conjuring spinoff is a hair’s-breadth away from the $150M mark at $149.7M in overseas box office. There were no new openings this frame, giving the take even more heft. Mexico remained No. 1 with $3.4M on 2,081 screens. The cume to date is $16M, which is 50% ahead of The Conjuring at the same point in release. In Peru, the New Line Cinema title continues to set records with a gross of $739K ranking it as the biggest 2nd weekend of all time for both the horror genre and Warner Bros. Remaining at No. 1, Annabelle now has $2.7M in Peru. The major market cumes are: Mexico ($16M), Brazil ($13.9M), France ($12.2M), the UK ($11.4M) and Korea ($6.7M).
Expanding to Italy and Japan, Dracula Untold bit into an overall estimated international weekend of $12.7M at 5,066 dates in 62 territories. The offshore total is now $136.6M and the worldwide total is $189.5M. The Universal release sucked up $2.9M in the Halloween frame in Italy with a No. 1 debut at 334 dates and 25% market share. Japan opened with $1.2M at 308 dates, which Universal says is in line with expectations. Brazil was a strong hold at No. 1 for the second week in a row with $2.5M at 528 dates and an 11-day total of $6.6M. Spain mirrored that, also holding at No. 1 with $1.3M at 312 dates for a 10-day total of $5M. Venezuela will be the final market for the vampire backstory on November 21.
After nine days on release in Russia, Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6 has earned $10.9M – the 2nd frame was up 1% over the previous weekend with $5.1M. Russian kids are currently on school holiday and the story of the special bond that develops between an inflatable robot and a child that’s directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams next weekend travels to many more major markets, including the U.S. It won’t get to Japan, which figures heavily in the story, until December 20.
Lionsgate’s John Wick was the No. 6 movie domestically this weekend with a $7.9M three-day. Overseas, the Keanu Reeves action thriller added $6.7M from 33 territories for an early cume of $8.3M. France, where it was the biggest new opener, scored $1.2M from 300 screens in a market that has The Maze Runner over-performing and local hit Samba still in release. John Wick is also off to a good start in Australia where it grossed $961K from 177 screens to rank at No. 3. In 10 Middle East, the weekend tally was $1M from a total of 80 screens. After opening in two selected sites last weekend in Mexico, the David Leitch/Chad Stahelski-helmed pic expanded to 312 screens and raised the total in the market to $737K. The next major market is Brazil on November 27.
As Lucy’s run winds down, the Universal weekend was $181K from 260 dates in 30 territories. Combined with the EuropaCorp territories (notably China) the international weekend was worth $6.5M for an offshore cume of $324M. The worldwide total is $448.5M.
The Book Of Life held well over the Day of the Dead weekend with $6.7M across 25 markets. The Fox film now has $30.13M in overseas box office. The UK earned $1.7M in a very crowded market to take its cume to $6.5M. Mexico’s 3rd weekend brought it to $8.87M – the biggest international territory for the Jorge R Guttierez-directed animation.
Spelling out $6M at 1,272 dates in 19 territories, domestic No. 1 Ouija raised its international total to $8M. Halloween helped scare up strong Ouija debuts in the UK, Indonesia and the Philippines where the Universal spirit board pic was No. 1. The $2.2M UK bow is the second biggest opening weekend for a horror film in 2014, behind only Annabelle. Ouija was No. 1 for two days out of the weekend and slipped to No. 2 behind Ninja Turtles on Sunday. Paramount has TMNT at $2.3M. The Netherlands, Sweden, Vietnam, UAE, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries had good openings in the Top 10. Universal allows that Hong Kong and India – where there is strong local product on release — came in below expectations. Russia gets in on the game on November 13.
The Judge drew $4.5M from 2,545 screens in 46 territories this frame. That gives the Robert Downey Jr/Robert Duvall drama an international cume to date of $27.M. The David Dobkin-helmed pic did not open in any new markets, but had good holds in Italy with an 18% drop for $881K on 297 screens and a $2.3M cume; Mexico, with $618K on 374 screens ($1.8M cume); and Taiwan with $440K on 73 screens ($2.3M cume). Russia is still the top market for the film with $4.1M to date.
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer grossed an estimated $4.1M from 75 territories this weekend. The overseas total is now $84.4M with $77.3M for Sony Pictures Releasing International and $7.1M for Village Roadshow. The increasingly reliable Venezuela opened to $405K on 45 screens, No. 4 in the market, and by far Washington’s biggest bow there. Thailand was No. 1 with $270K on 100 screens, 28% above the opening of 2 Guns. There were also solid holds in key markets led by Germany, which fell off just 17% in its 4th frame, taking $1M for a $7.6M cume. Spain dipped 18% in its 3rd frame ($415K/cume $3.3M) and Japan fell off 30% in its 2nd frame ($502K/$2M).
Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls, which Universal is distributing internationally, grossed an estimated $4M at 3,084 dates in 43 territories over the weekend for a total of $48.2M. Spain opened at No. 2 with $939K, including last week’s previews, at 305 dates. It’s the top family film in the market and had the best Saturday-over-Friday increase (+293%) in the Top 10. The opening is 48% above Laika’s own Paranorman and 18% below Coraline. Peru opened No. 4 with a very good $191K at 70 dates. Romania had a very good opening at No. 3 with $80K at 52 dates, making it the biggest opening ever for Laika in the market. The Boxtrolls come above ground in Argentina, Korea and Uruguay on November 6.
Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day had a good hold in the UK, dropping 11% from last weekend in a frame in which over a dozen movies were released. The international session was worth $2.5M in 21 territories for a cume to date of $16.6M. New openings this week included Greece, South Africa and Peru while next weekend sees bows in Spain, Portugal and Turkey. The UK is currently the top market for the family film with Mexico close behind.
Nightcrawler creeped into overseas release this frame with $1..877M from the UK, Malaysia, Denmark, Finland, Israel and Bulgaria. Released by eOne in the UK, it took $1.6M on 413 screens. Dan Gilroy’s low-budget thriller placed in the middle of a field of comps that includes Jake Gyllenhaal-starrers Prisoners among the pics above it, and End Of Watch below it. Nightcrawler, which has been in a Halloween showdown with Ouija in the U.S., opened in Israel to $108K on 17 screens; Denmark with $61K on 42 screens; Finland with $36K on 16 screens; Malaysia with $41K on 50 screens and Bulgaria with $14K on 16 screens. Upcoming releases on the film that was sold by Sierra/Affinity overseas, include Belgium, the Netherlands, Mexico and India.
In studio holdovers for which comprehensive numbers were not available on Sunday, Fox’s Let’s Be Cops added $1.28M from 740 screens in 24 markets for a total of $38M and Ice Age: The Meltdown 3D warmed to $397K in China for a local cume of $5.86M.
Universal’s Boyhood made $763K in 19 territories including openings in Argentina ($106K/30 dates) and Brazil ($60K/11 dates), and strong holds in Korea (+1% to $371K at 148 dates) and Italy with $12K at 53 dates. The Universal international total is now $17.54M. The studio’s 3D animated German film The Seventh Dwarf had a good 6th weekend in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland for a total of $3.83M.
Warner Bros’ hot Argentine film Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) added a further $1.2M from eight markets for a healthy $22.7M cume. Also from Warner Bros, Japanese trilogy finale Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends now has a local cume of $39.3M. Including the Philippines and Singapore, the cume is $41.4M.
Sony’s local German sequel Die Vampirschwestern 2 (Vampire Sisters 2) added $715K on 768 screens in 3 territories for a cume of $3.7M. At home in Germany, the take was $641K in the 3rd frame for a market cume of $3.3M. Also in Germany, Sony’s Who Am I earned $208K on 201 screens in its 6th session. The thriller’s cume is now $7M — and it’s getting the Stateside remake treatment. Spanish comedy Torrente 5 added $425K on 279 screens. This was the 5th frame for the franchise’s latest installment bringing the take in Spain to $13.1M. 22 Jump Street copped to another $285K on 67 screens in 9 markets. The total overseas is now $138.9M. Sex Tape banged out $207K on 148 screens in 12 markets for a total to date of $87.1M. And, Down Under, Sundance sensation Whiplash added $111K on 51 screens in Australia and New Zealand to bring Sony Pictures Releasing International’s cume to $346K.
Noteworthy: China, India, France
After earning $20M in China last weekend, Lucy continued in the market, although we do not have figures broken out for what was approximately a $6M haul. The Middle Kingdom was crowded this weekend with both that actioner and Guardians Of The Galaxy still on release, joined by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Maze Runner in their first sessions. Kung Fu Jungle also opened in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia among other markets and earned $9.3M in its debut frame. Star Donnie Yen plays a police force martial arts instructor who is imprisoned after accidentally killing a man. When a vicious murderer starts targeting martial arts masters, he offers to help the police in return for his freedom. Yen is currently shooting Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend. The next week in China will see no new Hollywood releases, although Penguins Of Madagascar arrives the following week as does Interstellar. In local pics on deck, there’s romance For Love Or Money with K-Pop star Rain in his Chinese feature debut, The Four 2’s Yifei Liu and Joan Chen on November 7. Also on the 7th in Hong Kong is Gangster Payday with Anthony Wong Chau-Sang who’s one of the local actors risking a Mainland backlash by standing up for the Occupy movement.
As for Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year, distributor Yash Raj is not releasing figures, with initial numbers instead coming through SRK’s production company Red Chillies Entertainment. According to local estimates, though, HNY made approximately $26M in India in its first week. Factoring in overseas, that figure rises to about $30.2M. On the all-time list of best opening weeks, HNY is No. 4 in India at 157.57 crore, per Bollywood Hungama which places Dhoom 3, Krrish 3 and Kick above it. Today is SRK’s birthday, and the mega-star posted the photo at left to his Twitter account today. The crowd is made up of birthday well-wishers. I’m never less than amazed and awed by the relationship Bollywood stars have to their fans. SRK tweeted, “Have spent the whole day & last night waving to the sea of loving ppl who collected outside the house. Thanx for making my B’Day so special.” Later, he added, “This truly is turning out to be a ‘Happy New Year’…” (On Monday, BH reported Indian earnings of 179.8 crore — $29.24 – as of Saturday, and 201.16 crore worldwide — $32.7M, although some markets were unavailable.)
In other local pics, France’s Samba added another $3M this frame although it’s facing stiff competition from The Maze Runner which has been enthralling audiences while kids were on two weeks of school holidays. From The Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, Samba entered the Top 20 for the year at No. 19 with just over 1.7M admissions ahead of this weekend. It’s helping keep the balance of French movies at the top of the chart. Nine are now local titles, three of which occupy the first three slots: Qu’Est-ce Qu’On A Fait Au Bon Dieu?!, Supercondriaque and Lucy.