UPDATED SEPT 30: A second Asian film in two weeks led the international box office as Tsui Hark’s Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon generated an estimated $17m debut. Meanwhile, Despicable Me 2 crossed $500m for UPI.
The mystery thriller is financed and produced by Huayi Brothers Media and is a prequel to Hark’s Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame that starred Andy Lau.
- Last weekend Showbox International’s South Korea hit The Face Reader closed the session as the top international release and the historical tale added $5m over the weekend for a $51m running total.
- UPDATE: Runner Runner burst on to the international scene one week ahead of the North American release and generated $11.9m through Fox International from 4,042 screens in 43 markets.
Russia led the way as it often does, producing $3m in a number one debut from 1,231 screens. The thriller starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton arrived at number three in France on $1.24m from 375 and opened in fourth place in the UK on $1.23m from 434.
Runner Runner opened at number six in Australia on $1.2 from 235 and number four in South Korea on $773,061 from 362.
DreamWorks Animations’ Turbo added $5.5m haul from 2,842 screens in 14 markets that propelled the tally to $98.8m. Turbo added $2.1m in the second weekend in Australia from 325 for $5.2m. There are 17 markets still to come including the UK, France, Germany and Spain.
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters earned $3.1m from 2,056 screens in 30 for $118.5m. The Internship stands at $45.7m, The Heat $66.9m and The Wolverine $242.9m with China still to come. It stands at $6.8m in Japan after three weekends.
- UPDATE: Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) top brass reported that The Smurfs 2 brought in a further $8.3m from 8,598 screens in 79 territories as the running total climbed to $250.7m.
The family animation ranked number one in its second weekend in Italy where $2.6m from 650 boosted the score to $6.1m. Australia generated $1.8m from 369 for $7m after three with another week of school holidays to go.
MRC’s sci-fi Elysium added $7.3m from 6,380 in 66 territories for a mighty $171.5m and ranked number one in Brazil in the second weekend after $1.7m from 373 elevated the tally to $5m. Elysium opened at number three in Mexico on $1.8m from 788 and arrived in Colombia on $447,372. It stands at $4.6m after two weekends in Japan.
2 Guns generated $6.1m from 2,251 in 37 SPRI territories for $16.4m, led by a $1.5m number one debut in Germany from 571. The action comedy launched in several top European markets and landed at number four in France on $1.2m from 342 and number two in Spain on $1.2m from 334.
White House Down grossed $5.8m from 3,428 in 40 for $121.3m. Grown Ups 2 stands at $100.2m following a $4.2m session and Insidious: Chapter 2 added $1.2m from 15 markets for $2.9m through SPRI and $12.6m overall. Blumhouse International handles the bulk of sales outside the US.
- Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International’s Planes added $7.9m from 46 territories for $81.4m.
- UPDATE: We’re The Millers delivered a confirmed $7.6m through Warner Bros Pictures International from 3,305 screens in 56 international territories to reach $96m. The comedy arrived in Brazil on $751,000 from 221 screens and added $1.1m in its second weekend in France from 245 for $2.7m.
The Conjuring soared to a confirmed $160.8m after grossing $7.5m from 2,715 screens in 56. The worldwide horror smash added $3.5m in South Korea from 562 following last weekend’s mighty Chuseok holiday launch to stand at $10.4m. It ranks number two behind local hit The Face Reader, which dominated the international box office last weekend.
- Rush, the recent world premiere financed in an even split by Cross Creek Pictures and international sales agent Exclusive Media, brought in a further $5.6m through Exclusive Media licensees to reach $20m.
The F1 drama starring Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth grossed $1.5m in the UK for $10.5m after three weekends through StudioCanal to rank number two. It also opened in Italy.
- UPDATE: Last weekend’s number one North American release Prisoners brought in $4.1m over the weekend through Lionsgate licensees and the crime thriller delivered a $2.1m number one UK debut from 401 screens. Denis Villeneuve’s film stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and stands at an early $6.1m from 22 markets. It opens this week in South Korea.
Riddick reached $44.7m from 53 markets following a $4.1m weekend and arrives in Brazil on October 11, followed by Mexico on October 25.
- UPDATE: Despicable Me 2 crossed $500m as a further $4.7m through Universal Pictures International from 2,453 sites in 39 territories boosted the tally to $502.9m and $864.8m worldwide.
The family sequel held on to number one in its second weekend in Japan where $2.5m from 323 elevated the running total to $12.8m. South Korea has produced $5.2m after three weekends and the UK $70.5m after 14.
Working Title’s rom-com About Time grossed $1.3m from 757 dates in 11 territories for an early $11.8m. The UK tally stands at $9.9m after four weekends.
Alex de la Iglesia’s recent Toronto Midnight Madness world premiere Las Brujas De Zugarramurdi (Witching & Bitching) opened top in Spain where Universal holds right, arriving on $1.7m from 387 for 20% market share.
Universal holds rights to V8 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the German-language family film arrived on $341,793 from 601 in the three markets.
R.I.P.D. has reached $39.5m, Jobs has grossed $5.3m after two weekends in Russia, The Purge $22.6m and The World’s End $19m.