GLOBAL REPORT: 'Star Wars' Dominates, Apparently There Were Other Movies This Weekend As Well

on December 20, 2015

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By Daniel Loria

Star Wars: The Force Awakens crushed box office records around this world this weekend, grossing a total of $279 million overseas. The film doesn't open in China until January 9, a factor that prevented it from attaining even more records in its debut frame. The overseas tally came in as the third highest of all time, behind Jurassic World's $316 million (including $97 million from China) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2's $314 million. Globally the film opened with $517 million, once again trailing Jurassic World's $525 million debut.

The Force Awakens set the record for the biggest opening weekend in North America with $238 million. Overseas, the film accomplished the same feat in the UK ($48.9M), Germany ($27.3M), France ($22.7M), Australia ($18.9M), and Russia ($12.3M). The film opened at #1 in all of its territories except South Korea and Vietnam.

IMAX screenings around the world contributed $48 million, beating previous record-holder Jurassic World's $44 million. International IMAX showtimes brought in $17.9 million from 276 locations, a $65.4k per screen average, making it IMAX's highest-ever day-and-date overseas launch excluding China. The Force Awakens set the record for the biggest IMAX debut in several markets, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and Australia.

A full list of the overseas records set by the Star Wars opening weekend can be found here.

The Good Dinosaur brought in $9.2 million from 48 territories in its fourth weekend of release. The UK continues to lead overseas markets with a $12 million cume, followed by Mexico ($10.5M), and France ($10M). The Pixar film has grossed a total of $93.1 million outside of North America and $189.6 million worldwide. Upcoming key markets include Australia (December 26), South Korea (January 7), Brazil (January 7), and Japan (March 12).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 grossed $7.8 million from 91 markets this weekend. The final entry in the Hunger Games saga reached a $341.1 million overseas cume, led by strong performances from the UK ($39.8m), Germany ($38.8M), China ($22.3M), and Venezuela ($20.3M). The film has now grossed $595.5 million worldwide.

SPECTRE grossed $6.4 million from 92 markets, reaching a total of $642.2 million overseas. The latest entry in the Bond franchise has now grossed $836 million worldwide. Top markets include the UK ($142.9M), China ($84.7M), Germany ($65.9M), France ($35.7M), and Australia ($23.6M).

Bridge of Spies discovered another $4.5 million from 30 markets, taking its overseas cume up to $60.3 million. Italy was the biggest opener of the weekend with a $1.3 million opening from 311 screens. Bridge of Spies has grossed a total of $129.3 million globally.

In the Heart of the Sea salvaged $3.9 million from 52 territories as it attempts to stay afloat overseas. The film's top markets include South Korea ($5.8M), Mexico ($4.9M), Russia ($4.6M), and Italy ($4.4M). In the Heart of the Sea has grossed a total of $49.6 million overseas and $68.2 million worldwide.

Sisters took in $1.8 million from its UK debut, finishing in second place behind Star Wars. The film expands to Bulgaria, Chile, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia & Montenegro and Slovenia next weekend. Sisters finished its first weekend in release with a $15.2 million total worldwide.

Hotel Transylvania 2 grossed $1.8 million from 65 markets. The UK continues to lead international markets with a $30.1 million haul, followed by Mexico ($23.9M), Venezuela ($23.6M), China ($18.7M), Russia ($17.7M), and France ($16M). The animated film has grossed $281.5 million overseas and $449 million worldwide.

Krampus scared up another $1.8 million from 42 territories. The film has now grossed $12.8 million overseas and $47.6 million worldwide. Krampus expand to Panama and Ukraine next weekend.

 

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