GLOBAL REPORT: 'Zootopia' Shines Overseas with $63M Weekend; Huge 'Ip Man 3' Debut Stirs Up Controversy in China

on March 06, 2016


The martial arts action flick Ip Man 3 starring Donnie Yen and Myke Tyson opened with $71.7 million in China this weekend. That’s the biggest opening weekend for a Chinese language action film in the territory, but rumors abound that rookie distributor Dayinmu Film colluded with several cinema chains to pad Ip Man 3’s final weekend box office tally. 

Zootopia opened solidly in the significant territories of China, Russia, and Germany helping boost its overseas weekend total to $63.4 million across 45 total international markets. 

Disney’s original animation posted an estimated $24.0 million ($23.8 million from local sources) in China which makes it the biggest Disney Animation or Pixar three-day opening there ever. Word of mouth for Zootopia is off the charts in China and next weekend will probably see a boost in ticket sales. Russia meanwhile scored an estimated $7.9 million, again representing the the biggest Disney Animation or Pixar opening in the country. Finally, Germany’s $6.2 million surpassed Frozen and Tangled to register the highest grossing opening weekend ever for a Disney Animation film. 

On the IMAX front, Zootopia grossed $8.5 million worldwide for the weekend, with $3.0 million coming from China’s 278 screens, the second-best animated opening on the format following Kung Fu Panda 3’s $3.7 million debut in January.

Zootopia has now earned $158.8 million overseas and $232.5 million worldwide combined with NA’s stellar opening this weekend.

Deadpool unloaded $21.2 million from 73 overseas markets this weekend, taking the international box office total to $362.1 million and the global haul to $673.3 million after one month of release. Deadpool’s international tally has now surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy and will take down Captain America: Winter Soldier sometime next week — all without a China release. Top market comes are UK/Ireland ($49M), Australia ($26.2M), France ($26.1M), Russia ($21.9M), South Korea ($21.3M), and Germany ($21.1M).

Riding Leo’s Oscar win last Sunday, The Revenant found $12.5 million in 47 overseas territories this weekend. Germany (+25%), Brazil (+1%), the Netherlands (+1%), and Switzerland (+35%) all saw week to week increases. The Revenant has earned $253 million overseas and $429.5 million worldwide. China opens March 18.

Hail, Caesar! earned an estimated $5.0 million from 40 overseas territories this weekend for an early international total of $17.8 million. The film place #4 in the UK/Ireland, opening to $2.2 million, while Russia debuted with $0.38 million. The Coen brothers’ comedy has grossed $47.0 million worldwide. Hong Kong, Italy, and Singapore open next weekend.

How To Be Single generated an addition $4.5 million this weekend from 49 overseas markets this weekend, bringing the international cume to $42.0 million and the worldwide total to $85.3 million. France debuted with $1.1 million from 187 screens including previews, ahead of openings for The Other Woman, New Year’s Eve, Just Go With It, and Magic Mike XXL. Germany opens April 7.

Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip drove off with $3.3 million in 28 overseas territories this weekend. The animated sequel has earned $144.0 million overseas and $229.0 million globally.

Kung Fu Panda rolled to $3.1 million from just 7 international markets this weekend. Business significantly slowed down in the middle kingdom with Zootopia’s release, but panda Po’s $145.7 million cume counts as the biggest animated film ever in China. The vast majority of Panda’s international marketplace is still to open.

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


Ip Man 3 (China)

China Weekend: $71.7M

China Total: $71.7M


Der Geilste Tag (Germany)

Overseas Weekend: $2.5M

Overseas Total: $7.3M


The Brothers Grimsby

Overseas Weekend: $2.0M

Overseas Total: $7.3M


The Danish Girl

Overseas Weekend: $1.9M

Overseas Total: $46.3M

Global Total: $57.3M



Overseas Weekend: $1.7M

Overseas Total: $4.5M


Lady in the Van

Overseas Weekend: $1.6M

Overseas Total: $22.4M

Global Total: $28.8M


Anne Frank (Germany)

Overseas Weekend: $0.872M

Overseas Total: $0.872M


The Witch

Overseas Weekend: $0.59M

Overseas Total: $0.59M

Global Total: $21.5M


Ride Along 2

Overseas Weekend: $0.48M

Overseas Total: $30.2M

Global Total: $119.7M


The Martian

Japan Weekend: $1.1M

Japan Total: $26.6M

Overseas Total: $398.7M


Global Total: $627.0M

Tags: Hail Caesar!, Deadpool, The Revenant, Zootopia, Ip Man 3, Overseas

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