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.
Friday’s (21) Rmb 54m marks the biggest opening day ever for Warner Bros in China ahead of Pacific Rim, which opened on Rmb 52m on a Wednesday.
The total weekend haul of $32.8m boosted the New Line-MGM-Warner Bros film’s overall international running total to $637.1m, with the Japanese debut still to come on February 28.
The Lego Movie rounded out a great weekend for Warner Bros Pictures International as a confirmed $24m from 48 markets propelled the running total to $93.5m.
The family film ranked number one in its second weekend in the UK as $10m from 1,333 screens boosted the tally to $36m. It opened in France on $3.1m from 521 including previews and arrived in Italy on $2.3m from 482. Lego’s global tally stands at $275.7m.
- UPDATE: Lionsgate International executives reported that Pompeii opened day-and-date with the number three $10m North American launch in 37 markets through licensees for a confirmed $23m.
The adventure opened in second place in South Korea on $3.8m from 591 through Lotte, debuted in France on $2.5m from 301 through SND, Brazil in second place on $1.5m from 351 through Imagem, Italy in third place on $1.7m from 471 through 01 Distribution and Mexico in third place on $1.5m from 531, also through Imagem.
12 Years A Slave added a confirmed $7.5m from 60 markets to reach $79.8m and opened at number four in Italy on $1.4m from 312 through Bim and in the Netherlands on $601,044 from 65 through Belga.
There was a solid $498,806 Brazilian debut from 76 screens that has already passed the projected lifetime gross. The Mexican launch generated $675,972 from 167. CIne Video distributes in both territories. The film added $920,092 in the UK through eOne for $29.2m.
Tarzan 3D grossed $2.3m from 12 markets to stand at $20.2m.
- UPDATE: MGM and Columbia Pictures’ RoboCop reboot added approximately $17.7m to reach $99.9m on the nose. The gross through Sony Pictures Releasing International stands at $72.7m. The film added $1.5m in its third weekend in the UK through StudioCanal for $11.7m.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 stands at $150.1m.
- Frozen added $9m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International to reach $596.3m and stands at $980.4m worldwide.
- UPDATE: The Wolf Of Wall Street has crossed $100m through nine Universal markets after adding $3.7m for $101.9m. The dark comedy has grossed a further $6.8m through PPI in Japan. The running total does not include those territories licensed by Red Granite International. A full update is expected this week.
- UPDATE: Fox International top brass reported that The Monuments Men opened in 48 markets and added a confirmed $13m from 48 for $25.9m.
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman grossed $5.2m from six to reach an early $22.4m. The Book Thief stands at $36.5m.
- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit brought in a further $1.4m from 38 Paramount Pictures International (PPI) markets for $78.1m.
- Cuban Fury added $685,000 through StudioCanal in the UK for $3.2m.