The box office might of China was underlined last weekend when Warner Bros Pictures International’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug delivered a titanic debut to rule the roost.
All eyes will remain fixed on the territory as Smaug enters its second week – that $33m debut pushed the international running total to $646.6m – and RoboCop enters the territory through Sony Pictures Releasing International.
The Lego Movie has been no slouch for Warner Bros either, racing to $101.2m with Russia set to open this weekend.
The family hit has taken $35.4m in the UK, $8.5m in Mexico, $4.9m in Brazil, $4.8m in Spain, $3m in France, $2.9m in a vibrant Polish market, $2.3m in Italy, $2.2m in Denmark and $2.1m in Holland.
Oscar contender Gravity has amassed $435m and it will be instructive to see how much a possible Oscar haul on Sunday (March 2) can drive its fortunes further in the international market after what has already been a long time in release.
Lionsgate International’s Pompeii produced a robust first wave last weekend and heads into the second session on more than $23m.
The weekend ahead brings new launches for the adventure in Germany and Austria through Constantin, Portugal through Lusomundo, Hong Kong through Edko, Israel through United King, Cambodia via Westec and Myanmar through Colourful Gardens.
12 Years A Slave arrives in South Korea through Pancinema, Hong Kong via Golden Scene and Italian-speaking Switzerland through Ascot. Another strong Academy Awards contender, 12 Years A Slave’s box office will receive a timely bump if it triumphs on Sunday. Tarzan 3D stands at more than $20.1m.
Frozen is the clear favourite to win the best animation Oscar and it will be interesting to see how much more it can produce, having already earned a whopping $602m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. Studio executives will at least hope for enough in the coming week to propel the global haul past $1bn.
Saving Mr Banks stands at $24.3m and opens in South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Belgium and Colombia, while Tinkerbell: Pirate Fairy has grossed $12.1m and arrives in Argentina, Sweden and Uruguay.
MGM and Columbia Pictures’ aforementioned action reboot RoboCop has amassed $77m through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) and MGM markets. Just under $50m of the overall sum comes from SPRI.
Columbia and Annapurna Productions’ Oscar hopeful American Hustle has amassed approximately $87m ($11.3m through SPRI and $75.7m through Panorama licensees), while Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 stands at $151.1m.
Red Granite’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, yet another film with Oscar prospects, has amassed an international running total of more than $225.5m.
More than $102m of the haul comes through Universal Pictures International, with a further $119m through Red Granite International licensees and at least $3.9m in Japan through Paramount Pictures International.
Fox International opens DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman on $22.9m in 14 markets including Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Holland, India, Austria and Taiwan.
The Monuments Men on $27.2m opens in 10 markets, among them Argentina and South Korea.The Book Thief on $36.7m arrives in the UK and Russia.