INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
Box office tops $653m… but admissions fall 1.5%.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt continuted to break records at the China box office office last week, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese film ever with a gross of $221.41m after 11 days.
JULY 27 UPDATE: Edko Films’ announced early on Monday that its 3D fantasy had reached $217.7m (RMB 1.349bn) after 11 days to become the highest grossing Chinese film in history.
Sony’s action-comedy will vie for the international box office crown this weekend against Chinese smash Monster Hunt — although it holds a few territories itself — as well as Disney-Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and Universal-Illumination’s Minions.
The Universal hierarchy announced on Wednesday that its monster smash has overtaken The Avengers on $1.52bn to reach $1.522bn worldwide.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ 3D adventure Monster Hunt broke a string of box office records on its opening weekend in China, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $107.58m in four days.
Bollywood film clocks biggest overseas-grossing weekend for a Salman Khan film.
UPDATED JULY 20: The $30m Chinese-language fantasy adventure secured top berth at the international marketplace ahead of Hollywood’s Minions, which was the biggest global earner of the session, as well as China’s superhero spoof Jian Bing Man and a bona fide US superhero in the shape of Ant-Man.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animation Minions has raced to $339.9m and at its current rate will soar past $400m by Sunday.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tiny Times 4.0 topped the China box office last week, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $58.39m, while another youth drama, Forever Young, came in second with $41.42m.
Telugu-language epic Baahubali: The Beginning, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, has grossed $20m on its opening weekend in India and broken a string of box office records in both India and the US.
UPDATED JULY 13: The Despicable Me spin-off grossed a confirmed $130.7m from 56 territories after launching top in 29 of 30 new regions to reach $287.8m.
This marks the fastest time Walt Disney Studios has accomplished the feat, overturning the previous mark set last year on August 30.
Universal and Illumination’s Minions has reached $159m and will vie for international supremacy this weekend with Paramount and Skydance Productions’ sci-fi reboot.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) has reached the $3bn ticket sales milestone faster than any other studio in history, obliterating the previous mark set by Fox International in October 2014.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes Down The Mountain topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.25m in it opening four days, according to EntGroup figures.
UPDATED JULY 6: Terminator: Genisys usurped two of Universal’s heavy hitters to rule the international and global box office. Jurassic World became the fifth biggest global release in history and Disney crossed $3bn worldwide in a new speed record for the studio.
UPDATED JULY 6: Disney/Pixar’s latest release usurped the Universal behemoth over the July Fourth holiday weekend in North America.
The studio reached the milestone on June 30 in its fastest time, powered by Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Inside Out and Cinderella.
JULY 3 UPDATE: Jurassic World faces its sternest test yet as Terminator Genisys leaps to an early $28m heading into its first major weekend. Inside Out continues to build momentum and crosses $300m worldwide.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World reigned over the China box office for the third week straight last week, passing the $200m benchmark, and holding off local opener Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.
UPDATED JUNE 29: Jurassic World stayed top of the global food chain for the third consecutive session as a confirmed $84.3m from 66 territories propelled the international tally to $745.5m and combined with a confirmed $500.4m in North America for $1.246bn worldwide.
Universal Pictures International executives anticipate another mighty session as the behemoth heads into its third weekend, already well past $1bn worldwide.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World chomped through another $68.49m to top the China box office last week, although local action thriller SPL2: A Time For Consequences opened strongly with $43.36m.
Universal and Legendary’s juggernaut will become the fastest film in history to reach the milestone on Monday, its 13th day in release.
Universal and Legendary’s Jurassic World continued to dominate the globe as a muscular second session propelled the smash within swiping distance of $1bn. Warner Bros’ San Andreas crossed $400m worldwide.
The adventure reboot stood at $412m by the end of Wednesday via Universal Pictures International as executives anticipated an emphatic follow-up session despite the day-and-date release of Inside Out in several key markets.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World roared into China with an opening gross of $100.1m in five days, topping the box office and pushing San Andreas into second place.
JUNE 15 UPDATE: An exceptional year for Universal Pictures vaulted to another level as the latest episode in the tentpole Steven Spielberg created 22 years ago set opening weekend records in North America, international and worldwide.
Universal’s latest tentpole in a year that has already delivered a new speed record to the $2bn mark arrives in 66 territories this weekend.
Universal’s annus mirabilis showed little sign of slowing down on Friday as studio brass said the dinosaur adventure added an estimated $41.6m from 45 international markets on Thursday to reach $65.5m.
Early grosses from Jurassic World pushed Universal Pictures International (UPI) past the milestone on June 11 as the studio established a new industry speed record.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disaster movie topples animated feature Stand By Me Doraemon from the top slot.
JUNE 8 UPDATE: San Andreas stayed atop the international charts thanks to a confirmed $97.7m haul from approximately 24,015 screens in 68 markets.
The disaster tentpole has reached $100m heading into a second weekend expected to deliver solid holds for Warner Bros Pictures International and the promise of mighty debuts in China and South Korea.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Japanese animation Stand by Me Doraemon topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.29m in its opening four days.
Disney executives said on Tuesday that Avengers: Age Of Ultron has overtaken the $895m final international box office of The Avengers.
JUNE 1 UPDATE: San Andreas shook up global box office at the weekend, taking the lead with a $118.5m worldwide haul that featured $63.9m from international debuts and a $54.6m number one launch in North America.
Warner Bros triggers a wide release of San Andreas day-and-date with North America in 60 markets this weekend including eight majors.
MAY 26 UPDATE: Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $45.8m from 91 territories in its fifth weekend to reach $859.8m internationally and $1.263.9bn globally.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Avengers: Age of Ultron replaced Furious 7 at the top of the China box office in its opening week, grossing $154.63m in six days.
A massive $156.3m in the first six days in China propelled Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron to a $185m weekend as the global tally crossed $1bn.
Mad Max: Fury Road opened in 68 markets on an estimated $65m powered by a string of number one debuts.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron stormed into China on Tuesday, pushing Disney past the $2bn worldwide box office mark for the second consecutive year.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Furious 7 took a further $17.38m in mainland China in the week May 4-10, which kept it at the top of the box office and pushed its cumulative gross to $389.26m.
UPDATED MAY 11: Marvel’s early summer tentpole once again ruled the international marketplace and has the $1bn worldwide target within sight as it prepares to open in China on Tuesday.
UPDATED MAY 8: The Marvel Studios/Disney tentpole had reached $735.3m worldwide by Friday and was poised to cross $500m heading into its third international weekend.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local releases You Are My Sunshine and Helios slowed down but did not derail the Furious 7 juggernaut at the China box office last week, with the film grossing a further $45.63m for a cume of $370.83m.
MAY 5 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $19.1m on Monday as the international running total climbed to $459.5m.
MAY 1 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron heads into its second weekend all but assured of continued supremacy on $287.3m internationally and $27.6m from North American Thursday previews.