INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
Disney dominates as The Jungle Book nears $700m worldwide and Zootopia becomes the biggest film of 2016 with $931.4m
APRIL 29 UPDATE: Disney executives reported on Friday that the Marvel Studios tentpole added an estimated $23.8m on Thursday to reach an early $38.7m international running total.
Disney’s global hit added $15.3m on Tuesday and has surged past $100m in China.
APRIL 25 UPDATE: Disney’s Zootopia also reaches its own milestone as it passes $900m at global box office.
Disney’s rising star reached the $200m international threshold on Monday and crossed $300m globally.
APRIL 18 UPDATE: Walt Disney Studios has now crossed $2bn at the global box office for the 15th consecutive year.
Disney’s family spectacular is poised to usurp Batman v Superman this weekend as it ventures into around 20 key markets.
Buoyed by last year’s surge in global, international, and North American gross box office receipts, industry heads on Tuesday used fresh data to proclaim the film industry to be in rude health despite facing more serious challenges than at any time in its history.
APRIL 11 UPDATE: Disney’s The Jungle Book swings in with estimated $28.9m international debut.
Warner Bros Pictures International’s somewhat maligned DC Entertainment superhero tentpole remains the one to beat heading into its third weekend.
APRIL 4 UPDATE: Disney’s Zootopia becomes the fifth highest grossing original IP animated release of all time with $787.6m.
Warner Bros’ spring tentpole has surged to an estimated $329.1m by Thursday and $201.3m in North America.
The Warner Bros and DC Entertainment tentpole added an estimated $32.9m on Tuesday to reach $501.9m worldwide.
MARCH 29 UPDATE: The DC Entertainment tentpole added $46m worldwide on Monday to reach $468.6m worldwide and $287.5m internationlaly and $181.1m in North America as the studio revised its weekend take to $256.5m internationally and $422.6m worldwide.
Disney’s family hit added $9.4m at the global box office on Monday to cross the milestone.
MARCH 21 UPDATE: The family hit added $68.4m from 49 territories in its sixth weekend for $392.3m and stands at $593.5m worldwide.
Zootopia has reached $320.2m via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International as studio executives aim to capitalise on debuts in Australia and Brazil.
MARCH 14 UPDATE: Zootopia continued to decimate the Hollywood competition and earned a further $89.3m in a rousing session thanks in large part to a $56.5m haul in China that propelled the international running total to $294.9m.
Powered by Deadpool, The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda 3, the studio has reached the milestone in its second fastest time.
FEBRUARY 29 UPDATE: Deadpool brought in a further estimated $39.8m from 75 international markets to propel the running total to $324.1m.
FEB 22 UPDATE: Deadpool is in rude health as it topped the worldwide box office and used 74 markets to propel the running total to $256.2m after the second weekend.
The superhero adaptation dominated the global box office on an estimated $260m debut that delivered opening weekend records in abundance.
Fox’s superhero adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds has got off to a record-breaking start in its first eight markets as it prepares to open in North America.
FEBRUARY 8 UPDATE: A great weekend for The Revenant in which Alejandro G Iñarritu confirmed his Oscar favourite status with a DGA win saw the film add $24.6m from 67 markets to push the running total to $176.9m.
DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 leaped to the top of the pile on an confirmed $75.7m from six, powered by China’s $58.3m through Oriental DreamWorks.
The Revenant grossed an estimated $33.8m from 48 markets as the running total reached $104.5m.
The German-Swiss co-pro has grossed more than $14m to date; Studiocanal has sold the title in 50 territories.
Australian films enjoy best ever year at local box office with Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker boosting results.
Local films quota drops while US titles and animation dominate and admissions rise.
Lionsgate International executives have reported that the Vin Diesel action horror reached the milestone on Tuesday.
JAN 19 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilms’ Star Wars smash has become the first film in Disney history to cross $1bn at the international box office.
It was good news across Nordic box office revenues for 2015, with local hits pushing countries above 2014.
JANUARY 14 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached $957.9m and was poised on Thursday night to overtake the Harry Potter finale and become the fifth biggest international release in history.
Total revenue increased by 17.5% as admissions also received boost; local films fare well.
JANUARY 11 UPDATE: The records continued to tumble for Disney/Lucasfilm’s juggernaut as executives reported a $146.4m worldwide haul that propelled the space opera past Jurassic World to $1.734bn.
JANUARY 9 UPDATE: Disney executives issued early estimates on Saturday in what they said would be a record opening day in the territory for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Local hits such as Fack Ju Göhte 2 helped score a record year in Germany - even before the release of Star Wars.
EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens could soar as high as $2.25bn worldwide to finish behind Avatar in the all-time pantheon, according to a former high-ranking studio executive.
Spectre led box office for all films distributed via Sony Pictures Releasing International last year.
The Walt Disney Studios announced its record-breaking calendar year results as combined grosses for all releases amounted to $5.845bn – the second biggest score ever behind Universal’s $6.88bn from last year.
JAN 5 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s juggernaut added $14.5m internationally on Monday to reach $786.1m and the global haul climbed by $22.5m to $1.536bn.
EXCLUSIVE: Combined box office for all the studio’s films released in 2015 from January 1 through December 31 reached a world record $6.88bn worldwide.
With the top two distributors of 2015 Disney and Universal yet to report final calendar year results, two others each came in at more than $2bn.
JAN 2 UPDATE: A further estimated $59.5m from the global box office on Friday saw Disney/Lucasfilm’s behemoth reach $1.391bn.
JANUARY 1 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars behemoth added $38m worldwide on December 31 to reach $1.33bn and rank as the eighth biggest release of all time.
DECEMBER 25 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens used an estimated $47.6m global take on Thursday as the space opera reached $813.5m worldwide.
Powered over the line by last weekend’s record-breaking debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, studio top brass said they were projected to reach the milestone for the first time.
DEC 21 UPDATE: Disney executives confirmed on Monday the space opera had set a new $528.9m global opening record and amassed $281m from its first five international days for the third highest launch in history.
DECEMBER 19 EVENING UPDATE: Disney executives reported on Saturday evening an estimated $60m second-day gross in North America that raised the space opera’s tally heading into Sunday to $180m.
DECEMBER 14 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA adaptation was confirmed on Monday as the box office champion.