INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS
UPDATE: 300: Rise Of An Empire has already plundered $32.8m from 58 markets from Wedensday to Friday.
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.
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.
Paramount Pictures International opens the Chris Pine spy thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in 31 territories this weekend in a serious threat to reigning champion Frozen.
UPDATE Jan 15: Films licensed internationally by the ‘big indie’ sales agents in the US generated more than $1bn at the box office in calendar year 2013.
The Brazilian box office was up for the eighth consecutive year in 2013 as a result of strong performances from local films.
UPDATE JAN 13: Golden Globe winner Frozen brought in an estimated $27.8m through 50 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International territories as the running total climbed to $394.6m and the worldwide tally soared to $712.3m.
Austria’s local hits led by documentary Alphabet; Local film boom in Switzerland.
Both The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and Frozen grossed more than $50m last weekend and are locked in a battle for international supremacy.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s local-language releases grossed $210.5m overall in 2013, comprising $160.7m from UTV and a further $49.8m from territory-specific titles.
The film has been seen by less than a 10th of the audience that turned out for von Trier’s early hit Breaking The Waves.
30.8m people attended Dutch cinemas through 2013, totalling $339.5m (€249.4m); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug led the way with $11m (€8.1m).
Result is still above average for last decade; local market share strong.
Hong Kong’s box office increased by just 4% in 2013, with Iron Man 3 heading the chart with a haul of $13.72m, according to local industry body the Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA).
China’s box office grew by 27% to reach $3.6bn (RMB21.8bn) in 2013, compared to $2.8bn (RMB17bn) the previous year.
In its third week at the top of South Korea’s box office charts, local political drama The Attorney is set to go past 8 million admissions tomorrow (Jan 7).
Dhoom 3 has become the first Indian film to cross the $80m (Rs5bn) barrier at the worldwide box office, according to producer-distributor Yash Raj Films.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug crossed $500m in its third weekend following an estimated $58m haul from 62 Warner Bros Pictures International markets.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ smash Frozen claimed number one spot for the second time in its run, usurping The Hobbit 2 and overpowering Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones on an estimated $20.7m.
Warner Bros top brass confirmed the studio’s 2013 number one ranking on January 3 as worldwide grosses reached a company record $5.035bn.
French productions lose market share as US films take more than 50% of box office for first time in more than a decade.
EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED JAN 2: Warner Bros led all studios in 2013 on $5.04bn worldwide powered by a table-topping international haul of $3.14m – first reported here on Screendaily. Overall the studios combined for more than $15bn internationally and around $23m worldwide.
UPDATE JAN 2: Walt Disney Studios breached the threshold in 2013 for the first time in history and grossed a confirmed $3.013bn for the calendar year.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) top brass reported significant year-on-year gains in China in 2013 as the company registered its third biggest year overall at the international box office.
EXCLUSIVE: Twenty-five local-language films released through Fox International in 2013 gained approximately 10% on the same number distributed in 2012.
UPDATE: Universal Pictures is expected to confirm this week its biggest year at the box office, with international set to finish on $2.58bn, worldwide on $4.01bn and North America on $1.43bn.
Top executives at the distributor said combined grosses for 2013 were projected to reach $2.33bn by the end of the year.