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.
As the worldwide running total reached $572.8m, the young adult action sequel delivered an $11.1m number one result in France from 2,427 screens that was more than three times greater than the launch of the original film last year.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened at number one in Italy through Universal Pictures International on $6m from 682 sites to exceed the lifetime total of the original by 55%. The film arrived in Belgium on $2.4m for the biggest launch of the year-to-date.
The film’s second full session – it opened in Brazil a week earlier and has taken $14m there – means it stands at $35.1m in the lead market of the UK, $24.7m in Germany, $22.1m in Australia, $19.5m in Russia and $16.2m across Scandinavia.
Catching Fire has grossed $16.4m in Mexico, $9.5m in Spain, $5.6m in South Korea, $5.5m in the Philippines and $4.1m in Taiwan for further impressive results in those two Asian markets, especially given the devastation caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan.
The Netherlands has generated $4.6m, New Zealand $3.5m and Singapore $3.5m, while Thailand, Turkey and Malaysia have each produced roughly $3m. The film arrives in India on December 6 and Japan on December 27.
The film took $2.5m from 250 IMAX screens for a $9m running total. The global tally on IMAX stands at $32m.
Last Vegas took $3.4m through all distirbutors for a $19.3m running total.
- UPDATE: Gravity added a confirmed $26.5m through Warner Bros Pictures International from approximately 6,615 screens in 53 markets to reach $365.2m. In its second week in China the space adventure grossed $20.7m from 5,854 for $55.7m.
According to the distributor Gravity ranked number two over the three-day period in China behind Hong Kong title White Storm.
The film stands at $45.6m in France after six weekends, $35.9m in the UK after four, $28.6m in South Korea after seven, $21.1m in Russia after nine, $19m in Australia after nine, $17,6m in Mexico after seven, $17.2m in Germany after nine, $10.9m in Spain after nine, a final lifetime gross of $8.6m in Italy and $8m in Brazil after eight sessions.
- Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World crossed $400m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International as $12.2m in the fifth weekend boosted the tally to $404.4m. China leads the way on $50.6m followed by Russia on $35.6m and the UK on $30.9m.
The animation Frozen arrived on $16.7m from 16 territories – or around 19% of the international footprint – to push the global total to $110.1m after last weekend’s platform launch in North America.
The family release debuted in Germany on $6.8m and Spain on $3.4m, which was enough to rank top ahead of the second weekend of Catching Fire. In terms of admissions in Spain this was the biggest result for an animation for the year-to-date. Frozen opens this week in France, the UK and Russia.
- UPDATE: Captain Phillips opened in Japan through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) and ranked number five on $1.2m from 470 as the thriller grossed $6.3m for the weekend from 66 markets to reach $85.9m.
The true-life Somali piracy tale arrived in Mexico on $844,335 from 598 and added $990,774 in France from 498 for $3.2m after two weekends.
Carrie generated $3.6m from 28 for $26.7m and opened at number five in the UK on $1.1m from 369 and number five in Australia on $602,259 from 159.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 added $3.2m from 44 for $97.4m and stands at $18.9m in the UK after six sessions. Messenger From Heaven opened at number two in Russia behind Catching Fire on $2.8m from 1,096 screens.
- UPDATE: The Counselor grossed $5.7m from 53 markets through Fox International for $38.1m. The drug trade drama opened at number three in Spain on $1.5m from 395 and debuted in Germany at number four on $956,771 from 293.
Epic arrived in China at number four on $3.4m from 2,080 and has amassed $158.2m internationally. DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo has crossed $200m to stand at $200.3m. Bullett Raja from Fox International Productions grossed $5.5m.
- Fack Ju Goethe added $5.7m for $42m through Constantine. Gaumont’s Me, Myself And Mum took $3.5m and CJ Entertainment’s 11AM grossed $3m.
- Paramount Pictures International executives reported that Bad Grandpa grossed $2.5m from 27 territories for $36.5m. The comedy debuted in Mexico on $588,000 from 255 for the biggest launch of the Jackass franchise and arrived in Brazil on $517,000 from 135 screens.
- UPDATE: Last Vegas grossed $1.8m from eight Universal Pictures International territories for an early $5.7m running total. The comedy debuted in France on $808,000 from 188 and reached $1.1m in Spain after 10 days.
Argentinian hit Foosball stands at $17.6m from Spain and a handful of Latin American territories. About Time has reached $43.5m and Despicable Me 2 $551.3m.
As mentioned earlier in this report, UPI opened The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Italy at number one on $6m from 682 sites.
- Jason Statham thriller Homefront brought in $1.2m from Nu Image licensees.