Man of Steel rules int’l box office
Warner Bros.’ 3D reboot adds $89m for $188.3m to date; Disney’s Monsters University debuts with $54.5m from 35 markets.
Man of Steel continued to rule over the international box office in its second weekend, despite competition from Monsters University and World War Z.
Warner Bros.’ 3D reboot added $89m from its 52 markets, with nearly 12m admissions from over 18,800 screens, bringing it to $188.3m to date.
Among the notable debuts were a $25.5m opening in China from roughly 5,631 screens, as well as number one debuts in the likes of France ($8.2m from 862 screens) and Spain ($4.4m from 749 screens).
It continued to hold top spot in the UK with an estimated $8.2m second weekend for $33.5m after ten days in play, and also added $3.8m and $2.9m in Mexico and Korea, respectively.
After just two weeks in play, it is now the highest grossing Warner Bros release of all time in The Philippines at $8.1m.
Upcoming releases include Australia (June 27), Brazil (July 12) and Japan (Aug 30).
Also for Warner Bros, The Hangover Part III added $8.6m from its 56 markets for a running total of $215.5m, while The Great Gatsby is up to $171.4m following a $5.5m weekend that included an excellent $1.3m hold in Japan.
- Following its number one bow in the US, Monsters University debuted in 35 markets overseas for a $54.5m first weekend through Disney. Highlights included an $11.6m debut in Mexico, a $7.9m opening in Russia and $3.6m debuts in Brazil and Germany.
Pixar’s sequel opens in The Philippines and Taiwan next weekend, with key international debuts in Japan (July 5), France (July 10), the UK (July 12) and Italy (Aug 21) to come.
- Opening in 25 territories, Paramount’s World War Z scored an estimated $45.8m overseas debut from its 3,470 sites. Its three major openings resulted in a number one $10.3m bow in Korea, $7.1m in the UK (second behind Man of Steel) and a chart-topping $5.5m in Australia.
A $2.9m opening in Argentina represents Brad Pitt’s best-ever opening and the sixth-best opening ever, while it topped the charts in Taiwan and Hong Kong with $2.5m in each territory.
Germany, Italy, Russia, Brazil and Mexico are among the territories that World War Z swarms into next weekend.
Also for Paramount, Star Trek Into Darkness has reached $213.4m following a $4.9m weekend in its 47 markets. Among the highlights were a $1.4m second weekend in France, as well as crossing the $4m barrier in Brazil. The sci-fi sequel opens in Spain on July 5 and Japan on Aug 23.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is up to $249.4m and will cross the $250m mark overseas shortly.
- In its third weekend of release, Sony’s After Earth added an estimated $13.4m from its 73 markets for a running total of $114.2m to date.
Notable results included a chart-topping $2.5m debut in Japan, as well as a $1.1m holdover in France for $8.2m to date and a $685,000 holdover in the UK for a running total of $8.9m.
This weekend sees the sci-fi land in Spain, Denmark and Turkey, with China to follow in July.
- Released to coincide with the winter summer holidays, Universal’s Despicable Me 2 recorded an outstanding opening in Australia at $6.4m, including $2.1m in previews. That’s the biggest ever opening for studio Illumination Entertainment and 38% ahead of Despicable Me.
The animated sequel also enjoyed excellent results in its UK previews, becoming the number one film in the market on Saturday. These results will be added onto its opening this weekend, when it will also open in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden and French-Switzerland.
Also for UPI, Fast & Furious 6 shows no signs of slowing down, adding $11.2m from its 6,800 sites in 62 territories. That puts the sixth instalment in the evergreen franchise at $437.5m internationally, with openings in Japan (July 6) and China (July 26) to come.
Micro-budget horror The Purge is up to an early $8.6m following a $1.1m weekend in its seven territories. It lands in Egypt on June 26, Lebanon and U.A.E. on June 27 and Romania on June 28.
- With openings in the UK and Brazil to come in early July, Lionsgate’s Now You See Me recorded a $6.6m weekend from its 43 markets to bring the early international total to a sturdy $40m.
- Epic, the latest animation from Blue Sky Studios, flew to an additional $3.3m from its holdover markets for $124m to date, with openings in Australia and Hong Kong this weekend to come.
Also for Fox, The Internship held well in Australia for $1.4m on its way to $3.2m internationally from its 22 markets, bringing its running total to $9.8m to date.