INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
NOV 23 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 dominated global box office at the weekend, powered by a confirmed $144.5m international haul from 87 markets.
NOVEMBER 20 UPDATE: The Hunger Games franchise finale grossed $16m from Thursday night screenings in North American and arrives in a further 19 markets on Friday including China and Mexico.
The latest instalment of the James Bond franchise debuted with an impressive $48.55m over its three-day opening weekend.
NOVEMBER 16 UPDATE: Sony, MGM and EON Production’s 007 thriller ruled the world for the second weekend, powered by a titanic international session that broke records in China and generated $153.3m overall.
Sony, MGM, EON Productions’ James Bond thriller has set several new benchmarks in the wake of its release in the world’s second biggest market.
Spectre stands at $264.1m internationally through Sony and MGM and with 14 debuts including China, Australia and South Korea it is the favourite to dominate the international arena again this weekend.
Three Hollywood and two local new releases entered the weekly chart, with Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials raced to the top with $21.54m from its first five days.
NOVEMBER 9 UPDATE: The brand-new 007 episode from EON Productions, MGM and Sony maintained its stunning early form as approximately $117m saw it climb to $223.1minternationally – and close to $100m in the UK – to rank number one in all 77 of its active markets.
The Kate Winslet-starring film’s $2.8m opening dethroned The Martian, which had remained top of the pile for four weeks.
Ant-Man crossed $1m, while Mountains May Depart debuted as Jia Zhangke’s biggest hit.
NOVEMBER 2 UPDATE: The latest 007 instalment from EON Productions, MGM and Sony has smashed records in almost every one of the six markets it debuted in this weekend.
Fox International’s space adventure goes up against the latest 007 instalment in what should produce a dynamic clash outside North America.
The Marvel Studios release is expected on Wednesday to become Disney’s fourth film of 2015 to cross the half-billion mark.
Ant-Man topped the chart as Goodbye Mr Loser raced past $200m.
OCTOBER 26 UPDATE: Active in 75 markets, Ridley Scott’s adventure hit dominated the Hollywood export arena at the weekend and surged past the $200m mark.
The Marvel Studios hit has reached $289.1m and will seek to build on last weekend’s $42.4m debut in China.
Ant-Man opened with a strong $42.77m but Goodbye Mr Loser is still on top.
OCTOBER 19 UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ latest superhero adventure took $42.4m in China to make the territory the film’s biggest after three days.
Guillermo del Toro’s chiller starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam looks set to become Hollywood’s dominant global release this weekend.
Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu’s latest film has become a surprise hit at the box office in Vietnam, raking in $2.67m with 850,000 admissions since its opening on October 1.
Goodbye Mr Loser knocked Lost In Hong Kong from the top spot.
UPDATED OCTOBER 12: Fox’s The Martian dominated the international marketplace again this weekend, with a confirmed $57.5m from 77 markets. Warner’s Pan went wide internationally and took an estimated $20.5m from 54 markets.
The latest cinematic version of the Peter Pan story swings into 52 international markets this weekend at the same time as it launches in the US.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Lost in Hong Kong surged past $200m during the lucrative National Day week.
OCTOBER 5 UPDATE: The Martian blasted into the international marketplace this weekend, grossing a confirmed $44.6m from more than 50 territories, according to distributor 20th Century Fox International.
Malaysian action comedy Polis Evo has given the local film industry a much-needed boost, grossing $1.8m (RM8m) in 11 days, to become the highest-grossing local film of 2015.
Ridley Scott’s space survival story is scheduled to touch down in approximately 50 territories this weekend, fresh from its strong debut at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Lost In Hong Kong has become the fastest local film to make $100m at the box office.
SEPTEMBER 28 UPDATE: The comedy (Gang Jiong) destroyed the Hollywood competition in another potent reminder of the might of China. Universal and Illumination’s Minions meanwhile crossed $800m.
The animation sequel to the 2012 family hit arrives day-and-date with North America in 35 territories this weekend.
The sequel recorded the biggest ever domestic opening for a German film.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation amassed $33.70m for a $120.29m cume.
San Sebastian: Spanish attendance grows 4% while market share for local productions expected to hit 20% by end of the year; Cannes criticised for “ignoring” Spanish cinema
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 21: Maze Runner: Scorch Trials was active in 66 markets over the weekend as the early running total climbed to $78m and counting.
BOX OFFICE: The studio smashed another record on Saturday (Sept 19) as it became the first to cross the milestone.
Fox International top brass will be looking to set the box office alight as they unleash Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials in a further 47 markets day-and-date with North America this weekend.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation grossed $86.42m in six days, while Monster Hunt has become the biggest-ever film in China.
SEPT 14 UPDATED: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation set the Chinese box office alight with a confirmed $85.8m from 5,500 venues that propelled the international running total past $400m.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: War movie The Hundred Regiments Offensive topped the China box office for the week August 31-September 6, grossing $39.4m for a cumulative total of $61.97m after 10 days.
BOX OFFICE: Paramount soars again as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reached $500m worldwide. Meanwhile, Universal executives celebrate $1bn milestone for Jurassic World
Studio executives have another cause for celebration in what has become a banner year as the monster hit joined an elite club at the weekend and the studio itself crossed $6bn worldwide.
Universal Pictures International’s (UPI) Minions from Universal/Illumination has grossed $700m and heads to Turkey.
Chinese netizens have been raising questions over the box office success of patriotic war movie, Hundred Regiments Offensive, released last weekend to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Japanese in the Second World War.
AUGUST 31 UPDATE: The seemingly indestructible Terminator: Genisys generated $23.6m from 25 markets and climbed to $320.1m and $409.5m worldwide.
Paramount Pictures International executives will look for another strong international weekend following last weekend’s one-two punch.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) brass on Monday declared another milestone in a year that has seen the studio shatter records left and right, earning $3.78bn in international receipts.
In South Korea, Choi Dong-hoon’s period action thriller Assassination has become the 9th biggest local film in box office history.
AUGUST 24 UPDATE: The Hollywood-China marriage resumed after the summer blackout as Terminator: Genisys delivered a confirmed $27m debut in China on 25,000 screens and the Bride Wars remake arrived on $23.6m via Fox International.
Paramount and Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $254m and is expected to dominate for a third weekend.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ Monster Hunt finally relinquished the top spot at the China box office, as Wanda Pictures’ Go Away Mr Tumor opened in pole position with $29.75m in four days.