GLOBAL: 'Life of Pi' Exceeds $450 Million; 'Les Mis' Breezes Past $200 Million; 'Jack Reacher' Rules Russia

on January 13, 2013

lifeofpichineseposter.jpgLife of Pi added another $33.2 million from 9,347 screens in 67 markets, pushing its overseas cume to a staggering $357.4 million. The global cume stands at $452.2 million. 

Key stats from Fox:

Fresh off an over $20m opening week, Russia lands another $4.4m from 1,575 screens, with Australia tethered just behind, with $4m from 552 screens - the film is #1 in both markets. Great holds mark the weekend, with UK ($3.8m from 673) down only 31%, Germany ($3.1m from 796) down only 38%, South Korea ($2.8m from 312) down only 19%, Mexico ($1.8m from 854) down only 5%!, and Brazil ($1m from 278) down only 28%. Excellent openings in Philippines ($886K from 113 and #1) and Argentina ($803k from 131 and battling for #1). Also noteworthy is Taiwan, where box office is UP 5% in its 8th week of release and LIFE OF PI crosses $16m GBO in the market! More good news in the by-market detail below. Japan and Venezuela open the film on January 25.

Les Miserables tacked on another $25.5 million from 2,432 locations in 22 territories for an overseas cume of $115.1 million. The global total is now $234.3 million.

Key stats from Universal:

In the UK, LES MIS was the No. 1 film in the market by a huge margin with 37% market share. The 3-day estimated gross is $13.4M (£8.3M) at 589 locations. The 3-day opening is Universal's biggest 3 ever in this market, the biggest for Working Title, the biggest opening for a musical and also for Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Tom Hooper. As a comparison, BRIDGET JONES: EDGE OF REASON was the previous highest grossing opening weekend for Universal and it grossed $13.2M (£7.1M). MAMMA MIA! opened with a 3-day gross of $10.4M (£5.6M).

In New Zealand, LES MIS opened No. 1 with $625K at 81 dates, which is the biggest opening ever for a musical in this market.

The Netherlands had an excellent opening at No. 2 with $632K at 114 dates, which is the second biggest musical opening behind MAMMA MIA!.

Holdovers are strong. In Japan, LES MIS held the No. 1 spot of the MPAA films for the fourth weekend in a row and dominated the box office with 51% market share. It grossed $3 million at 328 dates, -8% for a 24-day total of $31.8 million.

In Korea, LES MIS continued its amazing run, grossing $2.8 million at 408 dates, -34% for a 20-day total of $33.1million. The film was the biggest opening of all time for Universal in Korea.

Spain moved up to No. 2 in week 3 and grossed $1.3M at 332 dates, +22% over last weekend's holiday festivities and parades. The excellent 19-day total is $8.6 million.

Australia placed No. 5 in its third week with $2.3 million at 242 dates, -30% for an excellent 19-day total of $18.2 million.

We have 42 territories to open over the next few months. Next week, we open in Estonia, India, Indonesia, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and Sweden.

Jack Reacher added $17.6 million from 5,963 locations in 57 countries, pushing its overseas cume to $80.4 million. The global total is now $153.2 million. Key stats from Paramount:

• Russia is the highest new opening with an estimated solid $3M from 600 locations.
• Spain opened at a good $1.5M from 344 locations taking the 1st place in the local Box Office.
• Brazil made an estimated $1M from 208 locations.

• Australia's 2nd weekend is estimated at $1.75M from 213 cinemas. The cume is now at $6.2M.
• Germany made $1.2M from 504 cinemas pushing the cume to $4.5M.
• The 3rd weekend in the UK is estimated at $1.1M from 387 cinemas. The cume is now at $13.9M.
• France made $1M from 611 cinemas pushing the cume to $9.9M.

Wreck-It Ralph took in $11.6 million from 59 territories, pushing its overseas total to $156.9 million. The global total is now $336.3 million. 

Gangster Squad is off to a healthy start overseas. Stats from WB: Gangster Squad grossed $9.1m with nearly 970k admissions from 1,484 screens in 19 markets (Note: These 19 markets represent an average of 28% of Intl).

The UK exceeded expectations, grossing an estimated £2.1m (US$3.4m) and 354k admissions from 453 screens, including Thursday's previews. We finished at #3 behind LES MISERABLE and holdover LIFE OF PI (4th w/e), and ahead of THE IMPOSSIBLE's strong 2nd w/e.

Excluding previews, GANGSTER SQUAD surpassed all of the comps -

879% ahead of ROAD TO PERDITION

85% ahead of ARGO

84% ahead of THE TOWN

51% ahead of THE CHANGELING

16% ahead of PUBLIC ENEMIES

8% ahead of UNSTOPPABLE

AUSTRALIA also. opened very well, grossing an estimated AU$2.25m (US$2.4m) with roughly 170k admissions from 205 screens. We are vying for 3rd place with LES MISERABLE (3rd w/e) behind holdovers LIFE OF PI and THE HOBBIT (both 3rd w/e).

The opening compares as follows -

130% ahead of THE CHANGELING

100% ahead of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

58% ahead of ROAD TO PERDITION

15% ahead of ARGO

10% ahead of THE TOWN



HOLLAND had a strong showing with €388k ($509k) with nearly 51k admissions from 66 screens. We are in a virtual dead heat for 2nd place with fellow opener LES MIS behind HOBBIT (but with GANGSTER SQUAD clearly ahead in the Top 5 in terms of per screen average).

Belgium grossed an excellent €271k (US$355k) with 37k admissions from 49 screens to finish #2 behind HOBBIT, and ahead of THE IMPOSSIBLE (3rd w/e).

OTHERS (in order of box office)

Taiwan - NT$9.0m (US$311k) from 70 screens nationwide. #3 behind JACK REACHER (3rd w/e) and LIFE OF PI (8th w/e), and ahead of the opening of ZERO DARK THIRTY

Puerto Rico - US$188k. #1 ahead of holdovers TEXAS CHAINSAY MASSACRE (2nd w/e), PARENTAL GUIDANCE (3rd w/e) and JACK REACHER (4th w/e)

South Africa - R1.3m (US$154k) from 52 screens. #1 (unofficial) ahead of LIFE OF PI (4th w/e), JACK REACHER (3rd w/e)

Upcoming Key Releases: Argentina (17-Jan), Germany, Russia (24-Jan), Brazil (1-Feb), France (6-Feb) Spain (8-Feb), Italy (21-Feb), Mexico (22-Feb)

Zero Dark Thirty has a 10-day total of $3.1 million in territories where Universal is handling the release. Universal is distributing in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and South Africa. The next release is Italian-Switzerland on Jan. 10 followed by France and French-Switzerland on Jan. 23. Finland and the U.K. open Jan. 25 and Germany opens Jan. 31. The rest of the Universal territories release in February.


Tags: Les Miserables, Jack Reacher, Wreck-It Ralph, Life of Pi, Gangster Squad

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