GLOBAL REPORT: 'The Force Awakens' Becomes #3 All-Time Highest Grossing Film Worldwide; Fails to Breakout in China

on January 10, 2016

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit $1.73 billion globally this weekend to become the #3 film of all-time worldwide, passing Jurassic World.

The Force Awakens finally landed in China on Saturday with an estimated two day total of $53 million making it according to Disney's spin machine, "the highest Saturday/Sunday opening of all-time there as well as the biggest industry opening Saturday of all-time." Of course, it should also be mentioned that The Force Awakens is the only Hollywood film to have ever opened on a Saturday so those records mean almost nothing.

In addition, according to social media reports, word of mouth amongst Chinese moviegoers is mixed at best, which led to a steep 35% drop from Saturday to Sunday. IMAX screens took in $8.1M, also "far exceeding any previous 2-day opening" according to Disney.

Weekday holds will determine China's final tally, but the film appears to be struggling to find a foothold with Chinese audiences.

Among holdovers, the UK/Ireland still leads the way with an estimated total of $161.4 million and the film passed Skyfall on Friday to become the highest grossing movie ever there. Other top markets include Germany ($94.7M), France ($76.6M), Japan ($65.5M), Australia ($57.6M), Spain ($31.6M), Italy ($27.2M), Mexico ($26.2M), Russia ($25.3M), Brazil ($24.6M), and South Korea ($23.8M).

Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur rumbled into 5 new territories this weekend scoring $12.0 million and bringing the international total for the toon to $148.7 million. South Korea opened in first place with $3.3 million, while Brazil debuted on top with an estimated $2.7 million. The Good Dinosaur has grossed $266 million worldwide.

The Revenant earned $20.2 million from just 10 overseas markets in its first frame at the international box office. Russia led the way, taking the #1 spot in the market with $7.6 million. Germany ($4.3 million) and Australia ($2.9 million also opened well, just behind Star Wars. The film's early worldwide total is $59.75 million. It opens in UK/Ireland, Italy, and South Korea next weekend.

Daddy's Home found $10.2 million this weekend in 30 markets, including 15 new openings. Its international cume is now $37.9 million and the worldwide total is $154.2 million. Russia opened with $1.6 million, Indonesia debuted with $524K and the UAE bowed with $485K. Next week sees openings in Argentina, Colombia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway.

The Peanuts Movie earned $8.6 million this weekend in 59 total overseas markets. Openings include Argentina ($598K), Peru ($527K), and Chile ($351K). The film has grossed $92.2 million overseas and $221.3 million worldwide. Brazil opens next weekend.

Joy rang up another $7.5 million in 45 markets this weekend at the international box office, bringing its overseas cume to $24.1 million. David O. Russell's film has grossed $70.6 million worldwide.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip drove off with an additional $5.8 million from 24 overseas territories this weekend. The toon has grossed $36.2 million overseas and $111.8 million worldwide. It opens in Russia next weekend.

The Big Short grossed $4.6 million from 24 overseas markets, including 15 new openings. The international cume is now $9.7 million and the worldwide total is $52.5 million. Openings include Italy at #2 with $1.9 million, Mexico with $482K, and Argentina at #4 with $444K. The Big Short opens in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal, Indonesia, South Africa, and Taiwan next week.

Bridge of Spies netted $3.9 million in 18 markets at the international box office this weekend. Japan opened in 2nd place behind Star Wars with $1.4 million. Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller has grossed $81.1 million overseas and $151.8 million worldwide.

The Danish Girl rolled out to 8 new overseas territories this weekend grossing $3.2 million in 10 total territories for an early international cume of $7M. Openings include Germany ($779K), Germany-Switzerland ($230K), Austria ($38K), and Singapore ($102K). After 5 BAFTA nominations were announced on Friday for the period drama, UK/Ireland held strongl with $1.9M for a 10-day total of $5.5M. The Danish Girl has grossed $14.6 million worldwide. Next weekend, the film opens in Spain, Mexico, Netherlands, India, Israel, and Vietnam.

Sisters partied to an additional $3.4 million in 21 territories this weekend with a $2.5 million debut Down Under. The UK/Ireland held with $213K in its 3rd weekend for a 22-day total of $3.9M. Sisters has grossed $8.2 million overseas and $82.1 million worldwide, and will open in Peru and Russia next weekend.

Spectre raked in another $3.2 million this weekend from 53 total markets. Germany delivered $800K in its 10th weekend in release, pushing the local total to $71.8 million. Spectre is the highest grossing film Bond film of all-time in Germany. Spectre has grossed $872.1 million worldwide.

Films earning less than $2 million overseas this weekend and local language films

Babysitting 2 (France)
Overseas Weekend: $1.0M
Overseas Total: $20.5M
Global Total: $20.5M

Hotel Transylvania 2
Overseas Weekend: $0.86M
Overseas Total: $296.8M
Global Total: $465.6M

Spanish Affairs (Spain)
Overseas Weekend: $0.68M
Overseas Total: $36.5M
Global Total: $36.5M

Crimson Peak
Overseas Weekend: $0.12M
Overseas Total: $43.4M
Global Total: $74.5M

Tags: The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Overseas

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