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Thursday, July 31, 2014



International Box Office: Empire Conquers the World

300: Rise of an Empire poster

300: Rise of an Empire dominated the international box office earning first place with $87.8 million on 14,478 screens in 58 markets during its opening weekend of release. The film earned first place in Russia with $8.43 million on 1,441 screens. It only managed second place in France, but with a still strong $6.08 million on 454 screens. It also had a string of first place finishes in a number of other major markets, including South Korea where it made $5.49 million on 720 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $6.42 million. Brazil was next with an opening of $5.64 million on 869 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $5.92 million, while Mexico was close behind with $5.47 million on 2,048. Germany took in $4.75 million on 580 screens over the weekend for a very healthy debut of $5.23 million. The U.K. earned a similar result with $4.62 million on 487, but that is one of the weaker results given the size of the market. Other major markets include Spain ($3.69 million on 710 screens); Italy ($3.33 million on 580); and Australia ($2.91 million on 467). The film has yet to open in China and Japan, but given its start in these markets, it hardly matters how well in does in those.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman rose to second place with $21.0 million on 52 markets over the weekend for a total of $66.1 million. It earned second place in its debut in Russia with $4.61 million on 2,106 screens over the weekend. It also placed second in its opening in Spain with $1.83 million on 623.

RoboCop fell from first to third with $14.8 million in 70 markets over the weekend for totals of $165.3 million internationally and $220.1 million worldwide. Its international total is amazing compared to its domestic total, but it is still weak compared to its $120 million production budget. Its biggest market of the past week was China with $21.44 million over the full week for a total of $42.41 million after two.

Non-Stop grabbed fourth place earning $12 million on 3,114 screens in 30 markets for a two-week total of $46.68 million. The film had no major market openings this past weekend, but it opens in Germany this weekend

The LEGO Movie fell to fifth place with $9.9 million on 5,300 screens in just over 50 markets for totals of $135.6 million internationally and $360.5 million worldwide. Next up is Japan on the 21st, while the film opens in Australia and Germany in April.

Supercondriaque held on well earning $9.19 million on 907 screens in 3 markets for a two-week total of $29.64 million. It remained in first place in France with $8.30 million on 836 screens over the weekend for a total of $27.03 million.

12 Years a Slave climbed to seventh place with $9.15 million on 4,041 screens in 46 markets for totals of $105.5 million internationally and $158.5 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings, but did top $1 million over the weekend in Italy ($1.18 million on 366 screens over the weekend for a three-week total of $4.74 million) and in Mexico ($1.09 million on 627 screens over the weekend for a total of $3.51 million, also after three weeks of release).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug remained in first place in Japan, but with just $1.60 million on 681 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $7.58 million. It earned more in China with $11.14 million, but that was for the full week. After three weeks of release, the film has $70.95 million in total. Overall, the film pulled in $8 million over the weekend for totals of $680 million internationally and $937 million worldwide. It won't get to $1 billion, but that's hardly a reason to complain.

The Grand Budapest Hotel reached the top ten for the first time in its run with $6.2 million in 9 markets over the weekend for a total of $10.0 million after two. Its best market was the U.K. where it placed third with $2.56 million on 284 while it also cracked $1 million in Germany with $1.06 million on 128, earning sixth place.

Pompeii fell to tenth place with $6.1 million in 50 markets for a three-week total of $57.1 million. This is much more than it made domestically and it is close to matching its $80 million production budget worldwide, but that is nowhere near enough to break even. Sony is going to take a bath on this one.

Frozen opens this weekend in Japan and should return to the top ten. In the meantime, its worldwide total reportedly rose to $1.009 billion, putting it just ahead of The Phantom Menace and just behind An Unexpected Journey.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2014-03-13

Movies 
 300: Rise of an Empire
 Mr. Peabody & Sherman
 RoboCop
 Non-Stop
 The LEGO Movie
 12 Years a Slave
 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
 The Grand Budapest Hotel
 Pompeii
 Frozen