INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
Chinese filmmaker Ning Hao’s long-delayed road movie No Man’s Land has grossed $3.2m (RMB19.5m) on its opening day in China (Dec 3).
Egyptian independent production Rags & Tatters has grossed an impressive $30,000 following a two-week run in Egyptian cinemas. The film was originally slated to run for only one week.
UPDATED DEC 2: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire held on to its box office crown with ease as a confirmed $90m through 79 Lionsgate International markets boosted the running total after two full sessions to $272.1m. Thor: The Dark World crossed $400m for Marvel/Disney.
NOV 30 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire heads into its second full weekend as the clear favourite to hold on to the international box office crown having crossed $200m after nine days in full roll-out (November 28).
The Walt Disney Studios issued a press release announcing it crossed the $4bn worldwide box office milestone on November 26.
UPDATE: Lionsgate top brass reported on Sunday (Nov 24) that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stormed to a confirmed $304.2m globally, earning $146.`m internationally and a November record $158.1m in North America. Gravity opened in China on a mighty $35.5m.
UPDATE NOV 23: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire raced to an estimated $70.5m in North America by the end of Friday including Thursday’s $25.3m to combine with $32m from the first wave of international opening days for a global haul of at least $102.5m.
Marvel Studio’s Thor: The Dark World surged past the milestone on November 20 and has reached $504.2m, Disney executives have reported.
UPDATED: Early numbers from Warner Bros Pictures International put the tentpole at an estimated Rmb 80.5m after the first three days.
UPDATED: Thor: The Dark World used launches in Argentina, Paraguay and Hungary and a string of solid holds to boost the running total to $332.8m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
Thor: The Dark World is expected to extend its domination to a third consecutive weekend when it will soar past the $325m mark.
Fired up by the antics of Thor 2, Walt Disney Studios top brass said the company was on course to break its previous global box office record of $3.791bn set in 2010.
UPDATED: Thor: The Dark World continued to impress as it generated an estimated $94m from 66 territories through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International to boost the running total to $240.9m.
Taken 2, Intouchables and The Artist were key French exports and more than 144 million spectators for French films last year.
Russian war epic Stalingrad had the biggest ever opening for a non-US, non-local film over the weekend in China, grossing $8.3m over four days (Oct 31-Nov 3).
UPDATED: Thor: The Dark World powered to an estimated $109.4m launch from 36 territories through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International to register the fourth biggest international launch of the year-to-date.
The strong opening three days of Thor: The Dark World has propelled Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International to a new company record.
UPDATE: Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World has drawn first blood from its initial foray into 33 territories this weekend, racing to an estimated $45.2m from the first three days to outpace the original almost everywhere.
Beyond the Edge has scored the highest grossing opening weekend for any documentary in New Zealand.
UPDATE: Gravity held on to its number one international berth for the fourth consecutive weekend as a confirmed $37.7m boosted the score to $164.4m. SPRI’s Stalingrad reached $45.8m to become the biggest Russian film of all time.
BOX OFFICE: Warner Bros space epic races to $129m from international markets
UPDATED: Warner Bros Pictures International’s astronaut thriller stayed top for the third consecutive weekend internationally as a confirmed $34.3m boosted the tally to $115.6m.
Actor-director Fedor Bondarchuk’s $30m war spectacle Stalingrad has had the strongest opening ever for a locally produced film with $14.3m takings from 1,400 screens across Russia on its first weekend.
UPDATED: Gravity stayed top of the international arena as a confirmed $28.5m from close to 3.4m admissions on more than 5,785 screens in 38 markets propelled the early tally to $68.3m after two weekends.
Warner Bros Pictures International’s space thriller had reached $39.4m by Thursday (October 10) and is expected to cross $50m by the end of the weekend with 10 new markets set to open.
Mikkel Nørgaard’s thriller records best opening for a local film in 2013.
UPDATED: Gravity pulled in more than estimated over the weekend, earning a confirmed $28.4m from its initial launch on 4,830 screens in 27 markets through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI).
UPDATED SEPT 30: A second Asian film in two weeks led the international box office as Tsui Hark’s Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon generated an estimated $17m debut. Meanwhile, Despicable Me 2 crossed $500m for UPI.
Sony releases Cloudy 2 day-and-date in three territories, as Planes lands in Denmark and Sweden among others.
Alcon Entertainment’s crime thriller Prisoners rounded out a superb month following rave reviews at Telluride and Toronto with a number one debut in North America on an estimated $21.4m through Warner Bros.
UPDATED SEPT 23: Showbox International’s The Face Reader added an estimated $22.3m as the South Korean historical drama’s international running total reached an early $39.4m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) releases Elysium in Japan and Brazil this weekend as executives anticipate the running total will cross $150m.
China helped The Smurfs 2 soar past $200m over a lukewarm session, driving the overall weekend take to $17.6m from 13,000 screens in 70 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Sony Pictures Releasing International top brass expect two major markets to push The Smurfs 2 past the threshold this weekend. The family animation stands at more than $191.6m and opens in China and Australia.
Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi action release added an estimated $21.2m from 10,630 screens in 52 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International to push the running total to $127.1m.
SEPT 3 UPDATE EXCLUSIVE: The aggregated gross of Hollywood’s summer exports has surpassed the freshly minted $4.7bn record North American session by at least 22%.
UPDATE: Sony Pictures Releasing International (SRI) executives reported that the sci-fi added an estimated $17.9m from 5,095 screens in 55 markets to reach the cusp of $100m.
Disney executives announced that the Pixar family film Monsters University was on course to cross $700m at the worldwide box office.
Ruben Alves’ comedy also records third straight week as number one in Portugal.
David Wnendt’s much-talked about adaptation charts second on debut with almost 240,000 admissions.
UPDATED AUG 26: Universal Pictures International’s Jurassic Park 3D grossed a confirmed $28.9m from 3,373 theatres in 11 territories, fuelled by a $28m launch in China. Despicable Me 2 crossed $800m worldwide.
The studio announced on Friday  that it had crossed the threshold in record time.
Sony Pictures Releasing International’s champion of last weekend, Elysium, opens in the UK in what is expected to be a low-key international session that also sees Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University arrive in China and Italy.
Universal’s 3D reboot opened at number one in China on Tuesday  on an estimated $6.3m (CNY 38.5m) from 2,500 screens.
Next Entertainment World (NEW) has topped South Korea’s weekend box office with debut director Huh Jung’s horror thriller Hide And Seek.
Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) claimed a tight weekend as Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi adventure led the field with four major number one debuts. There was good news for Warner Bros too as Pacific Rim became its biggest release in China on just over $100m.
Universal Pictures International rolls out Kick-Ass 2 day-and-date with North America in approximately 18 territories, among them the UK, Germany, Italy and Mexico.
The announcement by Paramount top brass that World War Z had delivered career-best box office for Brad Pitt served as reminder of the consistency of international markets this summer.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) top brass announced that as of Monday the company had reached $1.8bn - its biggest year at the box office.
UPDATED AUG 12: Sony’s The Smurfs 2 came in above weekend estimates, scoring $35.3m in the second weekend to boost the international running total to $110.7m. Brad Pitt recorded his biggest North American and global hit as World War Z reached $500m worldwide.