INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
China and Italy could help Marvel’s sci-fi blockbuster hold the top slot.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Guardians Of The Galaxy finally knocked local mega-hit Breakup Buddies off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing $37.97m over seven days (October 13-19).
Guardians Of The Galaxy surged past $400m as a robust second weekend hold in China generated $23.1m overall and propelled the international running total to $404.8m.
Dracula Untold was the top Hollywood international release last weekend on $33.9m and Universal Pictures International top brass will look for strong holds to retain pole position.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Ning Hao’s edgy comedy Breakup Buddies was the top-grossing film in China over the week October 6-12, taking $48.56 from 8.7 million admissions, according to figures from EntGroup.
UPDATED OCTOBER 13: Dracula Untold grossed $33.9m from 42 territories as the early tally climbed to $62.6m. Separately Fox International executives said the company’s box office has amassed more than $3bn for the year-to-date.
All eyes will be on the Asian mega market as the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster makes its debut.
UPDATED OCTOBER 6: Despite Fox’s heroics it was Ning Hao’s comedy Breakup Buddies that ruled the international arena on an estimated $38m from China that elevated the running total to $93m.
The Maze Runner has crossed $100m and faces stiff competition this weekend from the wide launch of Fox stablemate Gone Girl, the David Fincher mystery that opened the New York Film Festival.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Dearest topped the China box office for the week September 22-28, grossing $15.85m over its first four days.
Norwegian local films set for the best year since 1975, after Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama takes 103,604 admissions for the year’s top opening.
SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE: The Maze Runner used a confirmed $28.8m haul from 62 markets to strengthen its grip on the international crown and repel a solid launch by Sony’s The Equalizer.
Sony unloads the Denzel Washington action thriller in 57 territories day-and-date with North America this weekend and will give reigning champion The Maze Runner a run for its money.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Expendables 3 topped the box office over the week September 15-21, Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop had a strong opening, grossing $7.28m in three days.
SEPTEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Maze Runner vaulted to the top of the international charts as Fox International declared an confirmed $38m haul from 51 markets, scoring number one in 47.
Fox International prepares to unleash its YA adaptation The Maze Runner in an estimated 37 territories this weekend day-and-date with the North American launch.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes narrowly outgrossed The Expendables 3 to take back the top spot at the Chinese box office last week (Sep 8-14).
SEPTEMBER 15 UPDATE: Lucy the brave soared past $200m as an overall $24.9m through Universal and EuropaCorp propelled the running total to $230.6m.
EuropaCorp / Universal’s Lucy has crossed $145m and will look to hold its spot as the top Hollywood film in international release despite several mighty rivals.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Undeterred by piracy, The Expendables 3 grossed $32.84 in its first week at the China box office, knocking Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes into second position.
Lucy stayed on top of the international chart thanks to an estimated $23.3m weekend haul that boosted the tally to $143.7m through Universal and $192.2m including EuropaCorp markets.
Comedy reunion show recorded audiences of 330,000 in 52 countries.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox International’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes kept local action title The Four 3 off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing a hefty $45.13m over its three-day opening weekend.
UPDATED SEPT 2: Lucrative returns in China continue to pour in as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes delivered the fourth biggest opening day for a non-local film, helping it soar past $400m at the international box office.
Lucy ruled the roost last weekend with a $29m haul that elevated the international running total past $100m and to more than $65.2m from Universal territories.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: How To Train Your Dragon 2 held on to the top spot at the China box office in the week August 18-24, grossing a further $24.09m for a cumulative total of $50.86m.
UPDATED AUGUST 25: Lucy grossed a confirmed $28.9m from 3,267 venues in 38 Universal territories for a total of $65.2m to rank as the weekend’s top release at the international marketplace.
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 finished top of the pile last session thanks to a sterling debut in China that delivered a little over $26m.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 topped the Chinese box office for the week August 11-17, grossing $26.32m over a four-day weekend, while Apocalypse Pompeii opened in third position with $6.68m over three days.
Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.
UPDATED AUGUST 18: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 ruled the international roost on $37.7m, powered by a mighty $25.9m debut in China through Oriental DreamWorks.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Bona Film Group’s White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom topped the Chinese box office for a second week (August 4-10), grossing $19.71m from 3.2 million admissions.
EuropaCorp’s action thriller opened in France on $13.2m (€9.9m) last week to deliver the biggest debut for an English-language release so far in 2014 and propel the overall international running total to $31.4m.
In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.
UPDATE AUGUST 11: A further $41.7m enabled Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy to retain top spot in the international arena and reach $138.8m as Disney consolidated its $3bn-plus global box office for the year-to-date.
The global number one performance of Guardians Of The Galaxy pushed Disney past $2bn at the international box office on August 4 and is projected to see the studio surge past $1bn in North America on August 7.
UPDATED AUGUST 4: Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the box office universe on an estimated $161.7m, of which $67.4m came from 42 territories outside the US through Walt Disney Motion Pictures International.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.
UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.
UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.
Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross $700m this weekend.
The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th Disney release in industry history to reach the milestone.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.
China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).
UPDATE JULY 21: Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction grossed more than originally reported in its fourth session, taking $84.6m to reach $662.6m despite a mighty $61.9m from Fox’s Apes sequel.
Fox reached the milestone on July 15, one day before it became the first studio of the year to reach $2bn at the international box office. The studio crossed $1bn in North America on July 13.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction held onto the top spot at the China box office in its third week, although local comedy The Break-up Guru also managed to hold its own.
UPDATE JULY 14: Paramount Pictures International’s behemoth generated a superb confirmed $100.3m in its third weekend of duty to raise the score to $540.6m as the global tally climbed to $749.4m.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes won the North American session hands-down, arriving on an estimated $73m as the studio said it had passed $1bn for the year-to-date.
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