INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
FEBRUARY 8 UPDATE: A great weekend for The Revenant in which Alejandro G Iñarritu confirmed his Oscar favourite status with a DGA win saw the film add $24.6m from 67 markets to push the running total to $176.9m.
Theatrical box office was up 3.1% while admissions also grew; local films took 52% of admissions.
The US-China co-production blew away the competition, but Chinese New Year titles are waiting in the wings.
DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 leaped to the top of the pile on an confirmed $75.7m from six, powered by China’s $58.3m through Oriental DreamWorks.
Viewer levels reached an all-time high of 51.36m last year and gained 12.4% on 2014, although admissions for local-language fare dropped 8.4% to 7.48m.
Theatrical ticket sales in the biggest Spanish-speaking film market in Latin America soared year-on-year to reach an estimated 299m, while the power of local content waned.
Jurassic World and Big Hero 6 proved the top grossers of the year.
It was a hat-trick of weekly wins for The Force Awakens but the weekend belonged to animated pandas and bears.
The Revenant grossed an estimated $33.8m from 48 markets as the running total reached $104.5m.
Total box office hit $210m in 2015, but the market share of local films dropped 5.2%.
French comedies generated 326.5 million entries internationally from 1994 to 2014.
The German-Swiss co-pro has grossed more than $14m to date; Studiocanal has sold the title in 50 territories.
Australian films enjoy best ever year at local box office with Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker boosting results.
Local films quota drops while US titles and animation dominate and admissions rise.
Lionsgate International executives have reported that the Vin Diesel action horror reached the milestone on Tuesday.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens held onto the weekly crown - and has now crossed $100m - but was edged out over the weekend by the popular bears.
JAN 19 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilms’ Star Wars smash has become the first film in Disney history to cross $1bn at the international box office.
Asia overtakes Europe as top market for French films. Top three exports were Taken 3, The Transporter Refuelled and The Little Prince.
Spanish titles continue to fare well in Spain as local hit topped Minions, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.
It was good news across Nordic box office revenues for 2015, with local hits pushing countries above 2014.
JANUARY 14 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached $957.9m and was poised on Thursday night to overtake the Harry Potter finale and become the fifth biggest international release in history.
Comedy starring comedian Checco Zalone has become the biggest Italian film at the local box office; producer Taodue expects it to top Avatar’s all-time record.
Total revenue increased by 17.5% as admissions also received boost; local films fare well.
JANUARY 11 UPDATE: The records continued to tumble for Disney/Lucasfilm’s juggernaut as executives reported a $146.4m worldwide haul that propelled the space opera past Jurassic World to $1.734bn.
JANUARY 9 UPDATE: Disney executives issued early estimates on Saturday in what they said would be a record opening day in the territory for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Local hits such as Fack Ju Göhte 2 helped score a record year in Germany - even before the release of Star Wars.
Spectre led box office for all films distributed via Sony Pictures Releasing International last year.
JANUARY 5 UPDATE: With the North American box office record poised to fall on Tuesday or Wednesday, Disney confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens added $8m on Monday to reach $750.2m following a $90.2m weekend that wiped out Avatar’s $68.5m third-weekend mark from exactly five years ago.
Mojin – The Lost Legend and Mr. Six crossed $200m and $100m, respectively.
The US share of the French market rose to 54.5% in 2015 against 45.4% in 2014.
China’s box office grew by 48.7% to hit a record $6.78bn (RM44bn) in 2015, according to the state film regulator, with local films grossing $4.17bn (RMB27.1bn) or 61.58% of the total haul.
JAN 5 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s juggernaut added $14.5m internationally on Monday to reach $786.1m and the global haul climbed by $22.5m to $1.536bn.
EXCLUSIVE: Combined box office for all the studio’s films released in 2015 from January 1 through December 31 reached a world record $6.88bn worldwide.
With the top two distributors of 2015 Disney and Universal yet to report final calendar year results, two others each came in at more than $2bn.
JAN 2 UPDATE: A further estimated $59.5m from the global box office on Friday saw Disney/Lucasfilm’s behemoth reach $1.391bn.
JANUARY 1 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars behemoth added $38m worldwide on December 31 to reach $1.33bn and rank as the eighth biggest release of all time.
Lionsgate executives announced the milestone on Wednesday as the four-film franchise reached $2.9bn.
Action-horror rakes in a whopping $93.39m to become the third-biggest opening for a local film.
Powered over the line by last weekend’s record-breaking debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, studio top brass said they were projected to reach the milestone for the first time.
DEC 21 UPDATE: Disney executives confirmed on Monday the space opera had set a new $528.9m global opening record and amassed $281m from its first five international days for the third highest launch in history.
DECEMBER 19 EVENING UPDATE: Disney executives reported on Saturday evening an estimated $60m second-day gross in North America that raised the space opera’s tally heading into Sunday to $180m.
Point Break knocked The Martian off the top spot, while local fantasy comedy Surprise – Journey To The West set a new record for previews.
DECEMBER 14 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA adaptation was confirmed on Monday as the box office champion.
Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi added $27m; Tony Chan’s Fall In Love Like A Star opened with $15.5m to take second place.
China’s box office has passed the $6.24bn (RMB40bn) benchmark, an increase of more than 48% compared to the same period last year, according to state news agency Xinhua.
DEC 7 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s adaptation holds onto top spot worldwide with a $30m weekend; Sony’s Spectre hits $600m internationally after six weeks in play.
Adaptation of Saint-Exupéry classic draws more than 12.5 million admissions internationally.
Fewer French films making it onto UK screens, says Unifrance-CNC report.
Fox’s The Martian landed in pole position at the China box office with an impressive $48.95m in its first five days.
Spanish comedy smash has grossed $16.9m (€16m) after two weekends.