INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
After two days Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron has soared to an estimated $44.8m from its first 26 territories, teeing up what looks likely to become an epic launch.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers sequel assembles in 32 territories this weekend in what tees up a thunderous showdown with Fast & Furious 7 that could see both titles pull in more than $100m apiece.
Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel got off to a flying start on Wednesday as Disney top brass said it opened at number one in all of its first wave of markets.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: With Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 grossing $186.58m in its first full week at the China box office, the spoils were thinly spread for every other film on release.
UPDATED APRIL 20: Fast & Furious 7 generated an extraordinary $166.9m confirmed weekend haul to soar to $857.9m internationally and reach the highest global mark in the studio’s 103-year history.
Universal executives confirmed on Friday that the action smash had crossed the milestone in an industry record 17 days.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 scored the biggest opening day ever in China on Sunday (April 12), according to EntGroup figures, grossing $63.24m in a single day.
APRIL 13 UPDATE: The action franchise that keeps on giving for Universal soared to $3.18bn worldwide thanks to an estimated $259.2m worldwide weekend haul that boosted the running total to $801.5m.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the gang are expected to hold on to the global box office crown this weekend as the film reached $526.8m through Thursday morning.
Top brass at Universal Pictures International (UPI) said the studio was on course to reach the box office milestone in record time on Wednesday (April 8).
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior topped the China box office in the week March 30-April 6, grossing $32.58m in its opening four days.
The company has swept past the milestone in its second fastest time behind 2010 when Avatar was king of the world.
APRIL 6 UPDATE: The world belongs to Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the gang as the roar of revving engines heralded an euphoric weekend for Universal ahead of what is expected to be a massive summer for the industry.
APRIL 4 UPDATE: Universal’s latest entry in its world-beating action franchise added a studio record $59.1m on Friday to race to $120.6m internationally.
Lionsgate-Summit’s YA adaptation had reached $100.1m as of Thursday.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Boosted by a visit to China by star Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service topped the China box office on its opening weekend, grossing $24.25m in three days.
MARCH 30 UPDATE: Cinderella emerged from a tough pack of contenders to become the belle of the ball at the international box office thanks to a confirmed $40m haul via Disney.
Cinderella, Insurgent and Home are locked in a close contest for supremacy at the international box office before Universal’s Furious 7 roars out of the gates next week.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella stayed on top of the China box office last week with a gross of $28.37m, although Huayi Brothers’ Lost and Love opened strongly with $18.17m for second place.
MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel lands in 76 markets, topping the chart in 66 markets; Disney’s Cinderella crosses $250m globally in only second weekend of release.
Lionsgate’s sequel to land in over 9,000 screens internationally, day-and-date with its domestic bow.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella topped the box office over its opening weekend in China, grossing $24.8m in three days.
UPDATED MARCH 16: International bow for Disney’s live-action remake included the largest ever March opening in China; Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey becomes distributor’s tenth highest-grossing film worldwide at $546.5m.
Disney’s live-action remake waltzes day-and-date into China, Russia and Germany, among others.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney animation Big Hero 6 topped the China box office in its first full week of release, grossing $29.88m, while Jupiter Ascending opened in third with $23.06m.
UPDATED MARCH 9: The Wachowskis’ sci-fi surged past $100m thanks to a $23m China debut from 7,028 screens to deliver the studio’s fifth biggest three-day debut.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has crossed $500m through Universal heading into its fourth weekend.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Sequel slips past Dragon Blade and Wolf Totem in second week of Chinese New Year holiday.
Animation has become the biggest grossing Japanese feature of all time in Hong Kong after just seven days of release.
UPDATED MARCH 2: Fifty Shades Of Grey extended its dominion to a third weekend on top via Universal Pictures International as a confirmed $34.3m from 59 territories elevated the running total to $337m.
Warner Bros Pictures International unleashes the caper film Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie day-and-date with North America in 31 markets including the UK, Russia and South Korea.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, topped the China box office over the Chinese New Year holiday weekend, grossing $54.84m in its opening four days.
FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey reached a confirmed $405.1m worldwide and closed out the weekend as the leading film at the global box office for the second consecutive session.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has raced to $311.7m worldwide via Universal heading into a second weekend it looks certain to dominate.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Xu Jinglei’s Somewhere Only We Know topped the China box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, grossing $37.72m from 6.99 million admissions.
FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey generated a confirmed $156m through Sunday rising to $173.6m through Monday from 58 territories via Universal to generate the biggest ever international launch for an R-rated or equivalent film. The worldwide tally already stands at $266.6m.
FEBRUARY 13 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey is now active in 34 international territories and has climbed to $28.6m via Universal Pictures International, rising to $37.2m worldwide factoring in Thursday night’s (February 12) estimated $8.6m midnight grosses in North America.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: TV show spin-off Running Man topped the China box office in its first full week (February 2-8), grossing $24.49m, while The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies slipped to second place with $20.11m.
Jupiter Ascending grossed $32.5m from a little under 10,200 screens in 65 countries led by $4.7m from 1,900 in Russia and $2.5m from 392 in France.
South Korea’s film industry sales hit an all-time record of KW2.03trillion ($1.85bn) last year.
Swedish cinemas registered a total of 16.3 million admissions last year, down 2% on 2013 – but the 25.1% local market share was the highest since 2009.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies held on to the top spot at the China box office for the week Jan 26-Feb 1, grossing $42.84m, although reality show spin-off Running Man put up a fight with $37.05m over its opening weekend.
BOX OFFICE: Chinese Running Brother stormed to the top of the international box office charts at the weekend thanks to an estimated $35m haul.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stands at $630.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International and continues to rampage through China.
UTV Motion Pictures’ blockbuster PK, starring Aamir Khan, is heading for distribution in mainland China, where China Film Group and Huaxia will release it on 3,500 screens.
Japan’s box office gross rose 6.6% to hit JPY207bn ($1.75bn) last year.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $49.84m on its opening weekend in China, pushing record-breaking remake Miss Granny into second place.
UPDATED JANUARY 26: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies crossed $600m at the international box office as a record three-day non-holiday Chinese debut delivered a confirmed $49.3m.
Australia’s gross box office revenue dropped by 2.28% in 2014 compared to 2013, about the same as the fall from 2012 to 2013.
Fox International’s Taken 3 stands at $105.1m and will look to surge past the $125m mark this weekend when it bursts into Australia and Brazil this weekend.