INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rolled out in the first of its 15 territories through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) this weekend, setting record opening days for 2014 in the UK, Germany, Australia and Belgium.
UPDATED APRIL 14: Fox International’s animation sequel pipped Marvel/Disney’s Captain America 2 to the post in a close contest at the international box office as a confirmed $63.5m weekend trumped $60.3m.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier has amassed an even $250m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and must be the favourite to dominate the arena for a third consecutive session.
Disney and Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped the China box office during the week March 31-April 6, grossing $36.23m after just three days.
UPDATED APRIL 7: Emilio Martinez-Lazaro’s rom-com Ocho Apellidos Vascos will become on April 7 the biggest Spanish-language release of all time in Spain and Universal’s biggest release in the territory.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossed a confirmed $109.8m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) powered by a mighty China debut to boost the early tally to $209.4m.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Solider was due to cross $100m on April 3 heading into what is expected to be a mighty second international session.
Disney’s Oscar winner Frozen added $8m for a $674m international tally at the weekend and climbed to $1.072bn to become the biggest animation of all time at the global box office.
UPDATED MARCH 31: Captain America: The Winter Soldier smashed its way to the top of the international box office thanks to a confirmed $75m haul through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. Meanwhile Paramount’s Noah was in exceptional form.
Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic claimed 55% market share on opening day in star Russell Crowe’s home turf of Australia (27), Paramount Pictures International reported.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the overwhelming favourite to usurp DreamWorks’ Need For Speed this weekend as it prepares to launch in around 33 markets through Disney.
Paramount Pictures International top brass said Darren Aronofsky’s film opened on $2.75m in Russia for the fourth biggest non-holiday debut in history.
Attendees at CinemaCon’s international day heard Universal Pictures’ president of international David Kosse sound a warning to exhibitors.
UPDATED MARCH 24: DreamWorks’ Need For Speed grossed a further $29.2m from 55 territories in the second weekend to boost the running total to $96.1m.
The Paramount and Regency Enterprises epic from Darren Aronofsky delivered the biggest opening day in South Korea so far this year from 730 screens.
DreamWorks’ Need For Speed has raced to more than $51m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) and Mister Smith markets and enters its second session looking favourite to stay top.
DreamWorks’ Need For Speed took pole position at the Chinese box office over the weekend, grossing $21.09m in three days.
Comedy scores best opening for a Spanish film since The Impossible.
UPDATE MAR 18: DreamWorks’ Need For Speed powered to an estimated $45.6m in its first international wave of 40 territories through Disney and Mister Smith territories.
300: Rise Of An Empire is expected to still be the one to beat heading into its second session, although it can expect a spirited challenge from DreamWorks’ Need For Speed.
FICCI Frames: India’s box office grew by 10% to reach $1.53bn (Rs93.4bn) in 2013, according to a FICCI-KPMG report released on the opening day of the FICCI Frames conference in Mumbai.
Korean studio CJ Entertainment’s China office has confirmed that Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer will be released in mainland China on March 17.
UPDATED MAR 10: A more appropriate title would be hard to find as Warner Bros’ 300: Rise Of An Empire dominated global box office on an estimated $133.9m and pulled off a confirmed $88.8m international launch on 14,740 screens in 58 markets.
Spurred on by Academy Awards glory, New Regency, River Road and Plan B’s acclaimed drama by Steve McQueen has surged past $100m through Lionsgate International licensees.
Robocop had a strong opening in China last weekend, grossing $20.67m (Feb 28-March 2), but The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug kept the top spot in the box office chart.
UPDATE: 300: Rise Of An Empire has already plundered $32.8m from 58 markets from Wedensday to Friday.
Disney feature is the first animation to top 10 million admissions in Korea.
Wei Te-sheng-produced sports drama Kano topped the box office over its opening weekend in Taiwan (Feb 27-March 2).
UPDATED MAR 3: A number one $20.5m Chinese debut powered MGM and Columbia Pictures’ RoboCop to an estimated $30m weekend as the running total climbed to $136m and the reboot took over pole position from Warner Bros Pictures International’s The Hobbit 2.
The box office might of China was underlined last weekend when Warner Bros Pictures International’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug delivered a titanic debut to rule the roost.
UPDATED FEB 24: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug scored a record three-day launch in China for Warner Bros as an estimated $32.7m from 5,500 screens delivered an easy local number one and dominated the international arena.
Muted debuts from Relativity and EuropaCorp’s thriller 3 Days To Kill and Constantin/Impact Pictures’ adventure Pompeii allowed Warner Bros smash The Lego Movie to hold on to pole position for the third consecutive weekend.
Robocop ruled the roost last weekend and executes at Sony and MGM will be looking for a repeat performance.
Wanda Media’s Beijing Love Story topped the China box office last weekend, grossing $33.15m in three days, according to figures compiled by EntGroup.
UPDATE: MGM-Columbia’s RoboCop emerged as the dominant US film of the session thanks to an estimated $34.8m haul through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) and MGM licensees that raised the early overall tally to $69.9m.
Figures mark the second lowest admissions level in the European Union since 2000.
MGM and Columbia Pictures’ Robocop has grossed around $28.7m and marches into 31 territories this weekend.
German cinemas generated more than €1bn ($1.37m) at the box office in 2013 for the second year running.
Huge growth fuels speculation that China may soon expand its quota for revenue-sharing imports to 44 films a year.
Frozen grossed an estimated $24m from 47 territories through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International over the weekend to reach $545.1m.
Warner Bros Pictures International rolls out the family film in 34 markets this weekend in the first wave, day-and-date with North America.
Senior executives at the company have confirmed that Friday January 31 set the biggest single day’s box office for IMAX screens in China.
UPDATE: The emerging might of China was plain for all to see once again as two films dominated the international box office over the Chinesen new year.
BOX OFFICE: Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio head into the weekend eying a third consecutive period of international domination with The Wolf Of Wall Street perched on $231.2m worldwide.
South Korea’s box office hit an all-time record in 2013 of $1.75bn (KW1.88tr),
UPDATED JAN 27: Red Granite’s dark comedy dominated the international arena for a second consecutive session as an estimated $36m boosted the running total to $85m.
Red Granite International’s The Wolf Of Wall Street has reached $82.5m outside North America and will look to dominate the international arena for a second consecutive session.
Top French export was Luc Besson’s crime caper The Family starring Robert De Niro.
Australia’s box office gross tumbled 2.3% on the previous year.
Red Granite’s The Wolf Of Wall Street used a mighty UK debut through Universal to power its way to an estimated $27m weekend that dethroned Frozen at the international box office, according to latest results.