With Edge Of Tomorrow not scheduled to debut in any new markets this weekend the pressure is on Warner Bros’ sci-fi to pull away from its $140m perch towards the $200m mark.
The Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt release has earned excellent reviews but has struggled to sparkle at the box office. The number three North American debut last weekend failed to impress and has left the film on $38.2m for an early worldwide tally of $178.2m.
International results have been strong in Asia but muted in many other parts. It is only early days however and it will be intriguing to see if the film’s quality leads to strong second sessions.
Warner Bros’ biggest headline this session could well come from the China debut of Godzilla, which to date has claimed $210.2m.
Meanwhile DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 (pictured) arrives day-and-date with North America through Fox International in around 19 territories.
Russia and the Philippines are expected to deliver the highlights. The family sequel lands in a host of Asian and European markets as part of the staggered roll-out.
Last weekend’s number one North American release The Fault In Our Stars is well on its way to $100m on its home turf and has amassed an early $18.6m internationally.
The YA romance arrives in a further 23 territories this weekend, among them Switzerland, South Africa and Norway.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past stands at $430.1m, while The Other Woman has reached $95.9m. Belle opens in the UK and Mundasupati in India.
Disney’s Maleficent is going well on $233m and should have little trouble crossing $400m worldwide this weekend. The fantasy currently stands at $373m globally and arrives in Thailand through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. Frozen has grossed $847.1m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International opens the comedy 22 Jump Street in around 13 mostly Eastern European territories day-and-date with the US. The film scored a mighty $8.2m UK debut last weekend.