GLOBAL REPORT: 'Ant-Man' Strong in China Debut; 'The Martian' Blasts Past $300M Worldwide
on October 18, 2015
Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
Ant-Man is the highest-grossing film at the international box office this weekend thanks to China where Marvel’s diminutive superhero finally suited up to the tune of $42.7 million according to Chinese estimates — Disney is reporting $43.2M for the weekend. In any case, Ant-Man’s 3-day opening is second only to Avengers: Age of Ultron ($68M) for Marvel releases in the Middle Kingdom and bests last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy by 41% in terms of local currency. China also helped secure the highest-opening for an IMAX film in October with $5.1 million from 236 screens. The film has earned $275.9 million overseas and $454.8 million globally after 3.5 months of release.
The Martian grossed $37.0 million from 74 overseas markets, lifting the international cume to $175.4 million and the global haul to $255.7 million. The only new market was Spain where the film opens in first with $3.2 million from 673 screens. The Martian’s top five markets are UK/Ireland ($3.7M/$27M cume), South Korea ($6.7M/$21.6M cume), Russia ($3.2M/$12.8M cume), Australia ($2.2M/$12.7M cume), Italy ($0.83M/$6.5M cume). The film lands in France next weekend.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak opened day-and-date with North America in 55 territories this weekend, earning $13.4 million from the overseas box office. Combined with NA’s opening, the gothic thriller took in $26.25 million worldwide. Top openings include Russia ($2.5M), UK/Ireland ($1.5M), Spain ($1.1M), Germany ($864K), France ($813K), Australia ($608K), Brazil ($450K), Taiwan ($398K), and Argentina ($384K). The film earned $1 million from 175 overseas IMAX screens. Crimson Peak opens in Belgium, Greece, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Trinidad next weekend.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials earned $8.7 million this weekend from 47 overseas territories. Italy opened at #3 in the market with $1.6 million from 390 screens. The film’s top markets are South Korea ($19.0M), UK/Ireland ($13.4M), France ($13.3M), Venezuela ($9.9M), Brazil ($7.3M), and Spain ($6.0M). Scorch Trials has $180.3 million from the international box office and $255.7 million worldwide. Japan opens next week and China bows on November 4.
Inside Out posted $6.3 million from 22 territories this weekend for an overseas cume of $476.7 million and $831.7 million worldwide. The animated hit continues to play well in Germany and Austria where it maintained the #1 spot over school holidays despite newcomer Hotel Transylvania 2. Inside Out also became the highest grossing film of 2015 in Italy with $27.3 million. China continues to underperform, having earned just $14.7 million after 13-days of release.
Everest added $3.9 million from 65 overseas territories this weekend. Universal’s thriller has now climbed to $126.6 million overseas and $167.35 worldwide. Everest has two more releases: China on November 3 and Japan on November 6.
Films that earned less than $2 million overseas this weekend + local language films (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)
Suffragette (UK) - $4.5M/$4.5M/$4.5M
The Visit - $1.5M/$24.2M/$87.27M
Regression (Spain) - $0.935M/$8.3M/$8.3M
Minions - $0.88M/$818.4M/$1.153B
Straight Outta Compton - $0.32M/$38.1M/$199.1M
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