INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
Lucy ruled the roost last weekend with a $29m haul that elevated the international running total past $100m and to more than $65.2m from Universal territories.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: How To Train Your Dragon 2 held on to the top spot at the China box office in the week August 18-24, grossing a further $24.09m for a cumulative total of $50.86m.
UPDATED AUGUST 25: Lucy grossed a confirmed $28.9m from 3,267 venues in 38 Universal territories for a total of $65.2m to rank as the weekend’s top release at the international marketplace.
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 finished top of the pile last session thanks to a sterling debut in China that delivered a little over $26m.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 topped the Chinese box office for the week August 11-17, grossing $26.32m over a four-day weekend, while Apocalypse Pompeii opened in third position with $6.68m over three days.
Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.
UPDATED AUGUST 18: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 ruled the international roost on $37.7m, powered by a mighty $25.9m debut in China through Oriental DreamWorks.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Bona Film Group’s White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom topped the Chinese box office for a second week (August 4-10), grossing $19.71m from 3.2 million admissions.
EuropaCorp’s action thriller opened in France on $13.2m (€9.9m) last week to deliver the biggest debut for an English-language release so far in 2014 and propel the overall international running total to $31.4m.
In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.
UPDATE AUGUST 11: A further $41.7m enabled Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy to retain top spot in the international arena and reach $138.8m as Disney consolidated its $3bn-plus global box office for the year-to-date.
The global number one performance of Guardians Of The Galaxy pushed Disney past $2bn at the international box office on August 4 and is projected to see the studio surge past $1bn in North America on August 7.
UPDATED AUGUST 4: Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the box office universe on an estimated $161.7m, of which $67.4m came from 42 territories outside the US through Walt Disney Motion Pictures International.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.
UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.
UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.
Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross $700m this weekend.
The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th Disney release in industry history to reach the milestone.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.
China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).
UPDATE JULY 21: Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction grossed more than originally reported in its fourth session, taking $84.6m to reach $662.6m despite a mighty $61.9m from Fox’s Apes sequel.
Fox reached the milestone on July 15, one day before it became the first studio of the year to reach $2bn at the international box office. The studio crossed $1bn in North America on July 13.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction held onto the top spot at the China box office in its third week, although local comedy The Break-up Guru also managed to hold its own.
UPDATE JULY 14: Paramount Pictures International’s behemoth generated a superb confirmed $100.3m in its third weekend of duty to raise the score to $540.6m as the global tally climbed to $749.4m.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes won the North American session hands-down, arriving on an estimated $73m as the studio said it had passed $1bn for the year-to-date.
Talya Lavie debut marks best opening for an Israeli indie in three years.
Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross the half-billion threshold despite what is expected to be a strong challenge from Fox’s Apes.
Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.
Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, taking $222.74m in its first ten days, and breaking the $221.9m record set by Avatar in 2010.
UPDATED JULY 7: Transformers: Age Of Extinction summoned a confirmed $96.6m in a dominant second session through Paramount Pictures International to propel the running total to $400.9m and $575.6m worldwide.
Despite a clash with the scheduled quarter-finals of the World Cup, Transformers: Age Of Extinction will remain the dominant force in the international market where it is expected to soar past $350m.
According to Paramount’s partners China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has reached $134.5m in its first five days in China – more than the $120.9m in the first five days in North America.
Disney’s fantasy starring Angelina Jolie was expected to reach the milestone on July 2, according to executives.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.
UPDATED JUNE 30: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction delivered an estimated $201.3m from 10,152 international screens, $100m in North America and $301.3m worldwide in the biggest opening salvo of 2014 so far.
UPDATE: Paramount’s behemoth is off to a flying start and has raced to $80m internationally and $121.6m worldwide.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Maleficent grossed a healthy $22.01m in its opening three days in China, in a week dominated by Hollywood tentpoles, which took the top four positions in the top ten.
UPDATED JUNE 23: Powered by a number one Chinese debut, Disney’s fantasy tale came in higher than estimates on $47.9m to edge out DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 on $43.2m, according to weekend estimates.
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 unloads the biggest wave of releases this weekend but China could upset the applecart yet again with Godzilla entering its second weekend and a debut for Maleficent.
China box office: Godzilla had an impressive opening at the China box office last weekend, grossing $37m and pushing Edge Of Tomorrow to second place.
UPDATED JUNE 16: Warner Bros’ reboot records distributor’s best-ever opening weekend in China with $36m.
With Edge Of Tomorrow not scheduled to debut in any new markets this weekend the pressure is on Warner Bros’ sci-fi to pull away from its $140m perch towards the $200m mark.
Sony’s comedy sequel generates most buzz of the week.
Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting.
UPDATED JUNE 9: A muscular launch for the latest Tom Cruise tentpole-elect by Warner Bros Pictures International provided a timely reminder of how the veteran’s star power remains undiminished, outside North America at least.
In what promises to be a massive session all-round, Warner Bros deploys its new sci-fi in a major international offensive day-and-date with North America.
UPDATED JUNE 2: Disney’s Maleficent scored a better-than-estimated $106.1m international debut in 47 territories to beat Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past as the studio crossed $2bn worldwide.
Disney’s fantasy romp starring Angelina Jolie stormed into the UK on May 28 ahead of a 47-market weekend invasion that will face off with Fox International’s proven juggernaut X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
China Box Office: Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past has had the biggest opening weekend for a Hollywood film so far this year in China, grossing $39.35m in three days (May 23-25).