INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
Fifty Shades Of Grey extended its dominion to a third weekend on top via Universal Pictures International as an estimated $36m from 59 territories elevated the running total to $338.4m.
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.
Jump fuelled by Luc Besson’s English-language sci-fi thriller Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson
JANUARY 20 UPDATE: Taken 3 has surged to the cusp of $100m in two weeks as $31.6m from 58 markets elevated the tally to $99.5m after three sessions.
Fox International’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb rules the international arena and has reached $160.7m as it prepares to enter South Korea.
In South Korea, CJ Entertainment’s Ode To My Father has topped the country’s landmark 10 million admissions, taking in $72m according to the Korean Film Council’s ticketing database.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s local language films grossed a combined $236m in 2014.
JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Fresh from its record-setting $5.5bn global box office haul, Fox continued to demonstrate its international potency as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb ruled the roost, Penguins Of Madagascar crossed $200m and Taken 3 scored a $10.5m number one UK debut.
UPDATED JANUARY 7: The Japanese duo Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: Legend Ends combined for $95m as local language releases in 2014 contributed to Warner Bros’ $3.17bn overall international gross.
Top local cinema performances last year in Denmark, Finland and Norway.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain stayed on top of the China box office in its second week, grossing $58.23m - more than its opening week haul of $51.72m.
UTV Motion Pictures’ PK, starring Aamir Khan and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has become the Hindi film industry’s highest-grossing film ever in India with a take of $48m (Rs3.05bn), according to industry estimates.
Twentieth Century Fox broke industry global and international box office records in 2014 as co-heads of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced combined grosses of more than $5.5bn and $3.73bn, respectively.
EXCLUSIVE: Ticket sales for local language films amounting to at least a quarter of a billion dollars propelled Universal Pictures International’s (UPI) calendar year to $1.43bn.
Titles including Transformers and Breakup Buddies take box office total to $4.8bn.
Serial (Bad) Weddings, Lucy and Superchondriaque lead best year for local productions in 30 years.
UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brought in a confirmed $52.5m over the weekend from 65 markets to reach $504.7m.
Powered by the might of Interstellar and the ongoing heroics of the Hobbit finale, Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) achieved a company record $3.17bn in 2014 to become the first studio to cross the $3bn threshold twice.
EXCLUSIVE: The global haul incorporates $1.764bn from Paramount Pictures International in 2014 as the overall result climbed 34.6% on 2013.
Clint Eastwood recorded the biggest opening day of his career in Italy as the war film launched through Warner Bros Pictures International on $1.6m (€1.34m) from 425 screens.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain topped the China box office with a robust $51.72m in its opening six days, while Gu Changwei’s Love On The Cloud opened in second place with $23.17m over five days.
UPDATED JANUARY 2: Global ticket sales for The Walt Disney Studios films generated $4.448bn in 2014, of which $2.83bn came from international and the $1.61bn balance from North America.
UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will see out 2014 as the dominant film as the worldwide tally climbed to $573.6m.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jiang Wen’s highly-anticipated satire Gone With The Bullets did not disappoint on its opening weekend in China, grossing $54.29m in its first four days.
Local films in South Korea have topped 100 million admissions for the third consecutive year.
DECEMBER 22 UPDATE: New Line-MGM’s Middle Earth epic plundered a confirmed $109m to dominate its second session with ease.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies remains the one to beat on $162.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International heading into its second weekend.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time stayed at the top of China’s box office in its second week, grossing $35.64m from 6.3 million admissions.
Powered by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lionsgate executives said on Sunday (December 14) the studio had reached $1.0003bn for the year-to-date.
DECEMBER 15 UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has started as it means to go on with a potent reminder of the enduring appeal of Peter Jackson’s commitment to the works of JRR Tolkien, an immense endeavour that has occupied him for close to two decades.
Warner Bros-New Line-MGM’s fantasy epic grossed a further $13.7m from 28 markets on December 12 following the $11.3m opening day gross across 11 territories on December 10 to stand at $26.6m internationally.