GLOBAL: 'Frozen' Still Hot Overseas; 'Jack Ryan' Takes #1 in China; 'Wolf of Wall Street' Leads in Key European Markets
on January 19, 2014
Frozen is still hot overseas. The Disney release collected $24.6 milion from 52 territories in its eigth weekend abroad, passing Up as the third highest grossing global original IP (non-sequel) with a $426.5 million overseas total and a $759.1 million global cume.
A big chunk of the weekend's collections came from an $8.9 million debut in South Korea. Frozen is the studio's biggest opener of all time in the market and the second highest industry animation opener of all time in South Korea behind Kung Fu Panda 2. The strong bow places Frozen as the studio's third highest earner in South Korea behind Toy Story 3 and Tangled.
The United Kingdom is the top overseas earner for Frozen with a $55.9 million total. Other major markets for the animated film include: Germany ($43.9M), France ($40.3M), Russia ($32.1M), Italy ($26M), Australia ($24.5M), and Mexico ($23.5M).
Despicable Me 2 crossed the $30 million mark in its second weekend in China, passing the lifetime total of Monsters University ($32.6M) in the market after only ten days in release. An $8.4 million tally bumps the film's Chinese total to $33.5 million and raises its overseas cume to $586.9 million. Despicable Me 2 has grossed a total of $955 million worldwide, trailing Toy Story 3 ($1.1B) and The Lion King ($987.8M) as the third highest grossing animated film of all time globally.
Jack Ryan returned to screens overseas more than a decade after Ben Affleck's turn as the CIA operative in The Sum of All Fears. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit welcomed a $22.2 million bow from 29 territories in the return of the U.S. spy franchise.
China posted a surprisingly positive $9.5 million opening weekend for the fledgling franchise to claim first place in the market. Jack Ryan opened against Grudge Match in Russia and put up a $2 million debut from 1,050 screens. The thriller also secured a $2 million bow from 227 locations in Australia. South Korea contributed $1.8 million from 350 venues and Mexico delivered $1.2 million from 456 cinemas.
Martin Scorsese scored the biggest opening weekend of his career in three key European markets. The Wolf of Wall Street took a #1 debut from the United Kingdom ($7.5M), Germany ($6.8M), and Spain ($3.6M). Universal is releasing the film in nine overseas territories where the film has already grossed an early total of $28.5 million.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug collected $10.9 million overseas this weekend to bring its total outside of North America up to $585 million. The prequel-sequel added $2 million from 807 screens in its sixth weekend in Germany to reach an $84 million cume in the market. Australia brought in $1.6 million from 496 screens in its fourth weekend to hit a $31 million total. The United Kingdom contributed an additional $1.4 million from 568 screens in its sixth weekend to bring its own cume up to $68.1 million. Other top markets for Smaug include: France ($49.5M), Russia ($44.5M), and Spain ($22.7M).
The Secret Life of Walter Mity crossed the $100 million mark overseas this weekend after adding $7.9 million from 4,741 screens in 57 markets. France led the hold-overs with a $1.1 million take in its third frame, only 24% down from the previous weekend, bringing its total in the market up to $6.5 million. Other top markets for the Ben Stiller film include Australia ($11.2M) and Russia ($10.3M). Walter Mitty has grossed $160.9 million worldwide.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones scared up $6 million from 4,161 locations in 40 markets to take its overseas total up to $43.9 million. There were no new openings this weekend as the film held on to post a $1.1 million tally in its second weekend in Brazil, reaching a $3.8 million cume in the market. The Marked Ones has grossed a total of $75.4 million worldwide.
The Book Thief earned $5.2 million from 2,020 screens in 16 markets over the weekend. The film posted strong holds in Australia ($1.9M, -12%) and Spain ($1.2M, +1%), along with a solid $1 million debut in Mexico. The Book Thief has collected a total of $11.2 million overseas with an expansion to follow in the coming weeks. The global total for the film is currently $31.3 million.
Walking with Dinosaurs opened in 302 screens in Brazil this weekend for a $1.2 million debut. The Brazilian debut helped the film collect $4.3 million from 4,231 screens in 52 markets in its latest overseas frame. Walking with Dinosaurs has grossed $72.2 million overseas and a total of $106.4 million globally.
47 Ronin is still trying to put up a fight overseas. The latest Keanu Reeves action tentpole took a mid-table debut across 181 dates in Australia that resulted in a $1.6 million opening weekend. The film continued its strong run in Russia with a $1.5 million hold in its third weekend across 663 dates. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $25.1 million in Russia. The film has grossed $79.4 million overseas and $116 million globally.
The Counselor was one of the biggest box office disappointments of 2013 but was able to record a #1 debut in Italy with a $2.4 million take from 384 screens. The Italian debut pushes The Counselor to a $51.6 million overseas total and $68.5 million global cume.
Devil's Due took $2.2 million from 535 screens in 6 markets to reach an early overseas total of $2.7 million. An $8.5 million bow from North America gives the film a global day-and-date total of $11 million.
Anchorman 2 is slowing down outside of North America. The comedy sequel took $1 million from 669 cinemas in 6 markets to reach an overseas cume of $41.7 million. Ron Burgundy and co. have grossed a total of $163.8 million worldwide.